Sunday, May 11, 2008

Serious Subjects

Somehow over the last week while my internet was down I was making a mental list of all of the subjects I wanted to comment on. I decided to leave the comments on Oil Prices, 57 States, Lebanon and the Trade Deficit to the serious cyber pundits and stick to blogging on softer subjects.

But...of course I always have an opinion and it concurs with this WSJ editorial.

The United Nations this week said the refusal of Burma's government to allow workers into the country's devastated agricultural region was unprecedented in the history of humanitarian relief. The human catastrophe produced by Burma's refusal to permit aid in the wake of Cyclone Nargis has stunned the senses of a world that has watched this spectacle for a week.

There are uncounted numbers of persons dead, homeless and orphaned. Bodies still float in water. The World Health Organization has warned there could be outbreaks of cholera and especially malaria. U.N. member-state India warned the junta the deadly cyclone was headed toward Burma on May 1, two days before it hit. Yesterday, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said food relief hasn't yet reached the region because "regrettably" the junta won't talk to him.

After so much international assistance was brought so quickly to those who suffered from the Tsunami, it's deplorable to see how the Burmese Junta has hindered humanitarian aid after this terrible tragedy.

But how can we be shocked by any actions by Burma after decades of house arrest of the world's only imprisoned Nobel Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi.
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