Can anyone other than the 20-30 generals who constantly surround the despotic Senior General Than Shwe really understand what is going on?
Nargis had come and gone and left tens of thousands dead in its trail and now hundreds of thousands of folks throughout the Burmese country-side are in dire need of food, water and shelter. If they do not get these, disease and neglect will finish off what the cyclone did not.
The whole world had responded to the junta’s initial desperate call for help and scores of countries and NGO’s had mobilised their resources and are now just waiting at airports, seaports and at Burma’s borders for the go-ahead to pour in the aid where it is most needed.
Yet, the junta is continuing to do what it does best- confounding the whole world with its intransigence!
"Senior General Than Shwe, you intend to finish off what Nargis and its aftermath could not? Where is your humanity? Have you no conscience?"
Realistically what can we do? Just watch and hope .. and curse old despotic dictators!
Here are some other responses…
1. World Food Programme has halted aid shipments to Burma after the contents of its first delivery were impounded…
2. Myanmar nationals plan to help agencies deliver humanitarian aid
…because “As we are Myanmar nationals, we don't need visas, so we can go in fast to distribute the aid”
3.ASEAN chief says Myanmar must open up 'before it's too late'
The typical ASEAN response: Talk, talk and more talk.
4. Go in like Rambo…US mulls dropping food and aid into Myanmar
I really tried to be level-headed and apolitical about the whole issue but I now admit that it is not possible to be neutral about the Burmese junta. You either hate them or abhor them! No two ways about it!
Dr.Huang Shoou Chyuan
PS: But I am an optimist- I have already donated and hope that my measly contribution will help someone.