Remove the Bottleneck

red crossIn late December 2004, I wrote about the 23,000 who perished in the Boxing Day tsunami in south and east Asia. That 23,000 total ended up being a small fraction of the actual number of casualties. Over 225,000 died as a result of that Indian Ocean earthquake.

Earlier this month, Cyclone Nargis struck Burma (also known as Myanmar) and at least 23,335 people have died with a further 37,019 people still missing. The U.N. has suggested the death toll is likely to be more than 100,000.

My question is simple. Why did the tsunami strike such a chord and result in numerous celebrity benefits and an overwhelming outpouring of united relief when I sense the attention and eagerness to assist Burma (also known as Myanmar) pales by comparison?

The simple answer is to blame Burma's military junta who declared that their acceptance of international aid relief would be limited to food, medicines and other supplies as well as financial aid, but would not allow additional foreign aid workers or military units to operate in the country.

More than a week after the disaster, only one out of 10 people who are homeless, injured or threatened by disease and hunger have received some kind of aid. These delays are killing thousands. This secretive and selfish military junta is a bottleneck that needs to be removed.

We can't collectively throw up our arms and declare the situation helpless, but I'm not sure what alternatives will bear essential fruit.


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Argie

The only way to get supplies into this country would be with military force. Its the only answer but of course the weak lefties (no names mentioned) would rather sit on the sidelines and look for some way to blame the US, Bush or perhaps the Catholic church. I’m sure those three entities are really the blame, right Toronto guy (not specifically you, Mike)?

May 13, 2008 @ 2:56 PM

Toronto Mike

Heck, I'm open to solutions. Maybe Dubya and Pope Benny can join forces and invade Burma / Myanmar to help these people?

We've got to do something.

May 13, 2008 @ 3:12 PM

SoccerMom


One of the biggest parts of the problem is that Burma/Myanmar is not a vacation hot spot like the areas of Asia that were ravaged by the tsunami is/was. This means those in power elsewhere are less likely to make the local government or military stand up and be accountable for those in need to most.
Because really other then valuable human life what is there to loose...

May 13, 2008 @ 4:06 PM

James Edgar

Argie is right Military force is the only way to make sure aid gets to those affected in Burma. The goverment there is to paranoid to allow outside help in. Crazy. And it won't happen thousands more will die.

May 13, 2008 @ 4:16 PM

James

lol.. Think about what you just said..

"Military force is the only way to make sure aid gets to those affected"

"The government there is to paranoid to allow outside help in."

lol, I wonder why.. when everyone talks about invading them..

ehhehe.
I'm not bashing on ya..
its just funny.

May 13, 2008 @ 6:43 PM

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