The people of Myanmar have waited for nine days for their government to indicate the slightest concern for their welfare, but, aside for two UN planes that landed, the military junta has been hesitant to make any concessions to world opinion. But, out of the blue, the thugs who govern Burma finally granted permission for a single US plane loaded with supplies to land with supplies. The UN estimates due to failure on the part of the Burmese government to act responsibily, at least 100,000 people will die because of the cyclone and the botched relief effort. Donors throughout the world have sent enough supplies to last for months but nothing is moving due to refusal on the part of the junta to allow in UN relief workers to supervise distribution of supplies and reconstruction work.
The UN has reached the point where it has absolutely no faith in the integrity of the Burmese government or its statements about the cyclone. The junta seized aid in the two UN planes that landed and allowed their own workers to distibute supplies in an effort to claim credit for any aid received by people. At this point the main concern of the junta is having a vote on their constitution which would legalize their dictatorship and imcompetence.
Thousands of bodies still float in the waters of Burma, but the thugs who control the country still refuse to allow foreign aid workers to enter the nation in order to organize a process of aid to the people. Over a million people are homeless as planes sit parked at the Bangkok airport because the military junta will not allow foreign access to their nation. However, the junta has imposed a vacation ban for all officials, not because they want to organize their own relief effort, but to ensure everyone is focused in the coming days on the referendum which will legalize their rule. “This clearly shows their priorities,” said dissident leader Bo Kyi. “They won’t allow their ploy to be spoiled even by tens of thousands of dead.”
Although thousands are without water or food, the government newspapers are mainly discussing the upcoming referendum which will bring about the concept of a “flourishing discpline democracy.” Richard Horsey of the UN emphasized that “it is imperative at this point that they open up and allow a major international relief effort to get underway.”
It is difficult to even conceive leaders of a nation could simply refuse access to trained and skilled relief efforts due to their paranoia about foreigners entering their country. The little relief that has been sent is being taken over by the military junta who most probably will claim they are the ones who are giving out the aid.
Who are these people? And, isn’t it time China uses its influence to force change upon the military thugs who run Myanmar?