âDiplomacy is the soft words you use to a mad dog until you can find a big enough stick to kill itâ Should we be using foreign aid as the big stick? The cyclone in Burma has killed 22,000 with another 41,000 missing. And for once I find myself in agreement with George Bush who seems to be saying âOur navy is offshore and will help. But you need to let us in.â The French foreign minister has refused to send cash â the preferred solution of the Burmese military leaders. The charmers shot 36 prisoners and injured another 70 after the cyclone hit. *Linky* My take on the situation? Same as it was with Mohammed The Teddy. At the time we were sending Sudan (from memory) Â£4bn a year in aid. So that would have stopped on day one. Same with Burma, N. Korea, Zimbabwe and a number of other repressive dumps. Iâm no fan of the US âVote Democracy or weâll bomb youâ school of foreign policy, but I find myself an increasing fan of loading strings onto our foreign aid, and demanding the UN do the same.