Thursday, May 08, 2008

Cyclone a big boon for military junta

don't let this smily face fool you, General Than Shwe

More than one million homeless in Myanmar were battling to stave off disease and hunger Thursday, with the military government still limiting foreign assistance six days after a massive cyclone.
With death toll estimates near 100,000 and the clock ticking for those who survived, Myanmar's junta -- long suspicious of the outside world -- came under new pressure to fully open up to help from abroad.

Aid was only trickling in despite warnings that specialists were needed to deliver food and water through disaster zones strewn with rotting bodies, and it was unclear if the regime was giving visas to foreign aid staff.

The United States, one of the military junta 's most vocal critics, announced it was not sending an aid flight after earlier saying it was, adding to the sense of confusion and frustration over the international relief effort

There is another way of looking at this continued denial of permission to give aid in Myanmar. How much easier is it to rule a dictatorship when you have less people to worry about? Is this payback time for the protests?

If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared. Niccolo Machiavelli

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Blogger Cali Tejano said...

It would be cold to say that the food shortage problem has been solved, but you just KNOW someone in that sick regime is thinking that.


8:31 PM  
Blogger Zee said...

The unforeseen acts of nature is one thing. The febrile reaction of humans to it quite an other.

11:53 PM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

"Is this payback time for the protests?"
If not, it's a good substitute.

4:34 AM  
Blogger susan said...

China earthquake
Tibet protests
Sometimes I can't help but think nature itself is cruel and cynical.

4:06 PM  

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