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Cyclone Nargis Aid to Myanmar
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    Cyclone Nargis Aid to Myanmar

    I have just donated to my favorite international charity for emergency supplies to be shipped to Myanmar. Not that I agree with their policies but hopefully it will get to the people who need the aid. I hope many others do the same.

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    What a disgraceful show of leadership and lack of respect for the people from the government of Myanmar. Just unbelievable.

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    Myanmar's prime minister, Lt. Gen. Thein Sein, told visiting Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej on Wednesday that the government was in control of the situation and didn't need foreign experts.

    "They have their own team to cope with the situation," Samak said after returning to Bangkok. He said the junta gave him a "guarantee" that there was no starvation or disease outbreaks among survivors.

    Associated Press writers Edith M. Lederer and John Heilprin at the United Nations, Matthew Lee in Washington, Frank Jordans in Geneva and Sutin Wannabovorn in Bangkok, Thailand, contributed to this report.

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    Re: Cyclone Nargis Aid to Myanmar

    Quote Originally Posted by misterA View Post
    What a disgraceful show of leadership and lack of respect for the people from the government of Myanmar. Just unbelievable.
    You understate things a little here. This is a crime against humanity unfolding. The international community must do everything in its power to stop it forthwith. The countries that have blocked France's effort to bring this matter before the UN under the "Responsibility to Protect" provision - China, Russia, Indonesia and South Africa, if I recall correctly - are currently complicit in a crime against humanity. If they have genuine reasons for not bringing this before the UN, they should be coming up with alternative solutions right now.

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    Re: Cyclone Nargis Aid to Myanmar

    Quote Originally Posted by misterA View Post


    Myanmar's prime minister, Lt. Gen. Thein Sein, told visiting Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej on Wednesday that the government was in control of the situation and didn't need foreign experts.

    "They have their own team to cope with the situation," Samak said after returning to Bangkok. He said the junta gave him a "guarantee" that there was no starvation or disease outbreaks among survivors.

    Associated Press writers Edith M. Lederer and John Heilprin at the United Nations, Matthew Lee in Washington, Frank Jordans in Geneva and Sutin Wannabovorn in Bangkok, Thailand, contributed to this report.
    If everything is under such wonderful control, then why has this gang of criminals just allowed 160 humanitarian workers in from Thailand, Bangladesh, India and China?

    As for guarantees, I suspect any such given to Samak are as dodgy as the ones he gives to others!

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    Re: Cyclone Nargis Aid to Myanmar

    A "guarantee" from those maniacs amounts to nothing.

    The conservative commentariat here has been arguing that megaphone diplomacy from the Western powers should stop and people like PM Samak, who is reputedly trusted by the Burma regime, should be allowed to conduct more subtle diplomacy. (PM Samak is, of course, well known for his subtlety!) If PM Samak wants us to accept that the guarantee he has received from the regime amounts to anything, then it is crystal clear that he won't be delivering any useful outcomes in the foreseeable future.

    We can be dead sure there is starvation already and major disease outbreaks are likely to follow. Burma needs a rescue effort on the same scale as the one currently being conducted in Sichuan.

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