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Thai Middleman Role In Dealing With Burma

Thailand Prime Minister Samak Sunaravej is arriving in Myanmar today where he will personally hand over an appeal to the military junta to allow more aid from the United Nations and other countries. He carries a personal plea from Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon urging the junta to allow in critically needed specialists whose expertise are invaiuable in dealing with the cyclone crisis. This is not the first time Samak has used his connection with the murderous thugs who run Burma in order to find a way to aid the people of that nation. Mr. Samak has cultivated good relations with the Burma generals and even called them “good Buddhists” after they cracked down on monks demonstrating for democracy.

The Thai government has even offered to use its own planes in order to fly in supplies from the United States but the gesture was declined by the xenophobic generals. They insist only Burmese will handle relief supplies and have even placed stickers on aid from other nations which claim the goods are donations from the benevolent rulers of their country. As of this date, only one US plane has been allowed to land with supplies.

Burma Aid Trickles In As People Vote

Supplies are tickling into Myanmar on the 11th day after a devastating cyclone killed upwards of 100,000 people. The UN is frustrated because the military junta which rules the nation refuses to grant visas to relief workers due to its fears foreigners might bring the truth to its people of how their own government has abandoned its citizens. A boat carryng vital supplies sank and all the vital material was lost. Three UN disaster assessment experts have been denied entry as the junta tightens rather than opens the weary nation to outside offers of assistance. French charity Medecins du Monde, said authorities finally on Sunday allowed some aid to get through to people.

It is apparent the military junta wants to present a picture of their efficiency by placing stickers on foreign aid that indicate it is really Burmese. There are even reports that state TV showed pictures of leading generals handing out VCRs and TV sets! One can only assume those in charge of Burma are the mad people of the asylum.

Myanmar Military Junta-Who Are These Vile Creatures!!

Nearly a week has passed since a devastating cyclone killed about a 100,000 Burmese and the isolationist inwardly looking thugs who run the nation have finally allowed two UN planes to land with supplies. The planes has waited for days while UN officials tried negotiating with the men who run Myanmar, but American planes sit in Thailand unable to fly into the country with needed supplies because they have yet to receive clearance. Thailand Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej offered to handle US negotiation with Burma as Richard Horsey from the UN emphasized, “it is imperative a this point tht they do open up and allow major international relief effort to get under way.” The UN World health organization has received reports of malaria outbreaks and bodies are still floating in the water.

Many villagers say they have not received any aid from their own government and depend upon local monasteries for food and shelter. Mu Sanda, who was in a monastery, said: “The government is not helping us. No aid is coming. There is no money, no rice.”

Opposition leader Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung Sari Suu Kyi is trapped in her bungalow without electricity said a neighbor and is facing the same problems as her fellow Burmese. There is considerable fear among UN workers that unless the UN handles distribution of aid, the military will siphon off supplies and ordinary citizens will be left hungry and cold. Anthony Banbury, of the World Food Program stated emphatically: “We will not just bring our supplies to an airport, dump it and take off.” The UN wants its experts on the scene, but still has yet to receive permission from the military to allow foreigners to enter and provide assistance.

Myanmar’s state television station showed pictures of Prime Minister General Thein Sein dstributing food packages to the sick and injured. The state radio’s major concern was warning people about “unscrupulous elements” who were trying to impair the situation. That is probably the best description of the military junta that has been broadcast.

Myanmar’s chief ally is China which has offered aid to the stricken nation but has yet to really exert pressure on its government to open the doors of freedom and allow in aid and assistance.

Cyclone Deaths May Top 100,000

American diplomatic sources in Yangon indicate the Myanmar death total may exceed all previous estimates, and, according to Shari Villarosa of the US Embassy in Burma, “the information we’re receiving indicates that there may well be over 100,000 deaths in the delta area.” Burmese government radio and TV sources suggest the total is closer to 23,000, but this is consistent with the military junta approach which it to underplay the tragedy that has overtaken their nation. UN sources believe that over 1,000,000 people are homeless as a result of the cyclone.

Small amounts of aid are trickling into Burma since outside nations are hampered by a refusal of the Burmese military junta to admit they need assistance or to welcome foreigners into the country. Burmese officials still insist on reviewing visa applications before allowing foreign aid workers to enter although they have allowed four Asian nations to send in personnel.

The tragedy of Burma is twofold: a devastating natural cyclone and a military cyclone which reflects the attitude of thugs and gangsters who control the nation.

Burma Military Cyclone Of Disaster Blocks Aid

The Myanmar military junta has finally appealed to the world for assistance in coping with the cyclone disaster which may have killed upwards of 60,000 people, but four days after the storm little held has reached the victims due to the regime’s regulations and refusal to issue visas in a speedy manner. It is now estimated upward of a milliion Burmese are without homes and left with literally nothing as they wait desperately for assistance from the outside world. The UN in Geneva said stalling tactics by the military junta are hampering relief efforts. The ruling junta said: “We need aid from both local and foreign sources,” but the UN is facing tremendous difficulties finding out anything due to restrictions imposed by the small group of mentally ill men who run Myanmar.

The UN can’t even do an assessment because of rules and regulations which makes difficult trying to develop a plan for relief. Instead of going to Burma, most UN workers are bunkered down in Bangkok trying to develop plans of action. The UN support system is not sufficiently on the scene of action because the junta still wants to exert control over a situation that is far beyond their capacity to handle.

The Thai Royal Air Force flew in more than $300,000 worth of medical and food aid and a planeload of supplies came from China but no one knows what happened to the supplies. What has God wrought on the people of Burma may well be less than what has the military junta wrought on its own people.