Friday, May 09, 2008
With Aid confiscated we're feeding the Military will we go to war to help the people again!
I wanted to discuss the soon to come to a head perfect storm created by Bush so he could seize control and it is imminent. However I found it more critical to discuss Myanmar as last weeks threats of helping the people by force and feeding the Junta are becoming more of a reality!
A top United Nations official says he is "furious" over the Myanmar's government's refusal to allow the organization to distribute aid flown in for cyclone disaster victims. In response, the U.N. suspended future flights but then later Friday said it would resume emergency airlifts on Saturday. Two planes that landed Friday morning in Rangon carrying 38 tons of high-energy biscuits, medical kits and other items were seized by officials at Yangon International Airport, said Tony Banbury, Asia director of the U.N.'s World Food Program.
The cargo is enough to feed 95,000 people, he said. "We off-loaded the food, and then the authorities refused us permission to take that food away. "We were told we needed a special letter from the Minister of Social Welfare. We hand-delivered a request to him. The answer back was 'No, you can't have the food.' "That food is now sitting on the tarmac doing no good." Under U.N. rules, the organization must control and distribute its aid supplies. "I'm furious. This is unacceptable," Banbury said.
"The World Food Programme has decided to send in two relief flights as planned tomorrow, while discussions continue with the government of Myanmar," spokeswoman Nancy Roman said Friday. As many as 6 million people lived in the Irrawaddy Delta, the low-lying region that bore the brunt of the storm. More than 2,000 square miles of land are under water.The Myanmar government says last week's cyclone killed 22,000 people, but the top U.S. envoy in the country says the death toll may exceed 100,000. Thousands are without food, shelter and clean water, and aid workers say boats and helicopters are needed to reach remote areas. What's next in Myanmar?
* As the delivery of aid supplies lags, the possibility of diseases such as malaria rises, medical authorities say. I now hear that come Monday more shipments should be allowed in but without feet on the ground I absolutely expect the masses to be allowed to suffer disease and starvation as we are now supplying the military. I heard earlier that China urged cooperation from their Junta allies but told us hands off until they were ready. The UN says they have the right to go in to help forcefully but I only see war coming out of that. Do we air drop and start anarchy there? This is just one more growing crisis in the worlds tumultuous future!