Had Cyclones Nargis struck the final nail in the SPDC’s coffin?

Had Cyclones Nargis struck the final nail in the SPDC’s coffin?

Extracts from the article of Dean Johns by May 14, 08 10:52am in the Malaysiakini

 

burma anger 070404Some international observers are suggesting that the Burmese generals’ callous disregard of their people’s plight in the wake of could eventually prove the long-overdue death-blow to their calamitous regime.

Cyclone Nargis

 

Many Malaysians are sensing the winds of change too. Unfortunately, however, the scenario smack more of wishful thinking than of real or at least imminent possibility. Or do they?

 

It’s hard to imagine how the generals of the junta could be more hated by their people than they have become already for their illegal seizure of power in 1990 and subsequent savage crackdowns on minority groups and monks and other citizens calling for democracy.

But their response, or lack of it, to the death and destruction caused by Cyclone Nargis has discredited them, if possible, even further.

The few reports I’ve seen from journalists who have defied the regime’s media ban have described scenes of monks doing disaster work while soldiers stand around watching, and of soldiers competing with civilians for the little aid that has appeared.

 

Meanwhile, for an entire week since the disaster, the government has stalled international relief efforts by denying visas to outsiders or subjecting them to a two-week approval process that was further delayed when embassy and consular staff stopped work for, unbelievably in these desperate circumstances, a public holiday.

Worse even than the regime’s idleness and intransigence has been an attempt at a public relations exercise to try and cover up its disgraceful performance.

than shweAs reported by Associated Press, state television aired scenes of Senior General Than Shwe (photo) and his underlings handing out aid in boxes. One of these, the label ‘Aid from the Kingdom of Thailand’ had been over-written with the name of Lt-General Myint Swe, a rising star in the junta.

If any of the hapless Burmese people have been fooled by such contemptible propaganda, the rest of the world certainly hasn’t been. The UN and heads of nations around the world are calling with increasing urgency and anger for the generals to let aid workers in to help the people.

France has been advocating that the Burmese regime’s criminal neglect of its citizens be referred to the UN Security Council, but China and Indonesia have opposed this move on the grounds that the disaster “should not be politicised”.

hurricane katrina new orleans 050905 cars on roofEven US First Lady Laura Bush made an impassioned plea to the generals to show some mercy. But unfortunately her intervention only served to remind the world of how tardy and incompetent her husband’s administration had been with its relief effort back when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans a few years ago.

Speaking of hypocrisy, I’ve seen precious little if any mention of Asean in the international outcry for permission to come to the aid of Burma’s cyclone victims. But what more can anybody expect of an organisation that would accept the generals’ Burma as a member in the first place?

 

Blow ‘em away

 

internet media and print mediaIn any case, the sorry saga still drags on as I write this, and a million or so hungry, bereaved and homeless people are left by their rulers to fend for themselves.

I only hope that when they’ve recovered they’ll find a way, at last, to treat their criminal oppressors to such a cyclone of civil and political defiance as to blow them away forever.In any case, the sorry saga still drags on as I write this, and a million or so hungry, bereaved and homeless people are left by their rulers to fend for themselves.

I only hope that when they’ve recovered they’ll find a way, at last, to treat their criminal oppressors to such a cyclone of civil and political defiance as to blow them away forever.

 

 

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