The Burma mouthpieace, “The New Light” shed some light on what is actually happening inside the country which has been devastated by a cyclone. Unlike the biased western media which goes around taking pictures of devastation and reports that over a 100,000 are dead, the reality according to the military’s mouth piece is its wonderful efficient government has swung into action and cleaned up the mess. In fact, they are even giving people 15 poles and tellling them to build a house and, if they actually need food, there are always those wonderful frogs that can be eaten. After all, eating rice and stuff like that which the world has tried sending will only get people fat.
The New Light blames the western world and the media for after cyclone problems. It insists “these foreign news agencies are issuing such groundless news stories with the intention of tarnishing the image of Myanmar and msleading the international community into believing that cyclone victims do not receive assistance.”
The leaders of Burma were so concerned with the impact of the cyclone they felt it necessary to go through with a referendum on a new constitution as people were suffering without food or water. We all know which comes first, a constitution which ensures continued rule by the thugs who run Myanmar or assistance for those who are suffering.
The frustration felt in many nations throughout the world is certainly not at the level of that shared by the Burmese people who have witnessed their “leaders” display a callous and cyncal approach to the need for relief. The toll of dead is above 130,000 while Myanmar’s generals celebrate their great “victory” in securing passage of a constitutional referendum on a new constitution. President Bush has imposed sanctions on Burma while Prime Minister Gordon Brown denounced the “inhuman treatment” of the Burmese people. “We have an intolerable situation created by a natural disaster. It is being made into a man-made catastrophe by the negligence, the neglect and the in human treatment of the Burmese people by a regime that is failing to act and to allow the international community to do what it wants o do.”
The military junta did fly some diplomats into a model camp that was set up for refugees, but it contiues blocking aid workers or journalists into the region most impacted by the cyclone. Navy shps from France and the United States are off the coast of Burma, but unable to land. Survivors say the military is pushing them out of refuge in monasteries. Some voices like that of Desmond Tutu are talking about the UN using force to get supplies to those in need. Id this an example of a justifiable use of force by the UN?
Thousands of bodies flotat undisturbed in the waters of Burma while the military junta focuses on having a referendum for its new constitution. But, the junta reached a new low for cynicsm over the weekend by pasting large labels on aid packages that were sent from Thailand which claim the aid is being distributed due to the generosity of the military leaders. State-run television continuously ran images of elaborate ceremonies where top generals–including junta leader General Than Shwe–handed out boxes of aid from Thailand that were disguised to suggest the supreme leader was responsible for helping his people. According to Mark Farmaner of Burma Campaign UK: “We have already seen regional commanders putting their names on the side of aid shpments from Asia, saying this was a gift from them and then distributing it in their region.
A delegation has been sent from Thailand in an effort to get these thugs to pay a little bit of attention to the disaster which has hit their country. Thousands of soldiers have been diverted from aiding stricken refugees in order to supervise the shame referendum on the new constitution. Who are these people who run Burma?