The United Nations has suspended relief supplies to Burma on Friday after the military government seized the food and equipment it had sent into the country.
Earlier, in a statement Burma’s military junta said it was willing to receive disaster relief from the outside world but would not welcome outside relief workers. Nearly one week after a devastating cyclone supplies into the country were still being delayed and aid experts were being turned back as they arrived at the airport.
In the statement, the government said it would distribute international relief supplies itself.
The bastards in charge there said they had turned back one relief flight because, as well as disaster relief supplies, it carried disaster assessment experts and an unauthorized media group.
Well shit, what a terrible thing to do, bringing in people competent to accurately assess what is needed, where to source it, and how to get it there, as well as press who can help create a huge public awareness of the plight of the population so that the world will open is hearts and wallets to the victims.
Since the disaster only around ten flights carrying aid have been allowed into the country.
It is an absolute atrocity that any state would create delays like this in delivering relief supplies and people to help. In Indonesia after the tsunami in 2004, substantial aid was being flown in within a couple of days.
In Thailand, the United States Air Force transport aircraft and helicopters waited at an airport for permission to enter Burma with aid workers and supplies. It is also my understanding that they have ships in the area to help but the government will not allow it.
We have seen aid being denied to political opponents in places like Zimbabwe, and other totalitarian shitholes in the past, but in my experience I have never seen it refused before, especially considering the scope of this disaster.
We clearly need to reconsider the way we deal with these kinds of oppressive regimes. How the hell can we continue to recognize them as in any way legitimate? Is our sole gauge of legitimacy the fact that they are in control? Do we not in any way discriminate as to their method of control?
Its time for a rethink folks.