Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Sad Tale Of Two Contrasting Countries

Uploaded on May 12, 2008by gathara

I actually wanted to comment on the cyclone tragedy in Myanmar, but came across this write-up with the accompanying cartoon. I couldn't have done a better job. So this is from the above link:

[Can you believe the idiots running Burma (or Myanmar)? Possibly 100,000 people killed and over 1.5M displaced by cyclone Nargis and all the military rulers can think of is how to hang on to power! This is very reminiscent of the Kenyan situation in the first few months of this year when, confronted with over 1000 deaths and hundreds of thousands displaced, our politicians could only think of ways of exploiting the situation to their advantage. In Burma, the government actually went ahead with its sham referendum on the Constitution (which seeks to entrench the ruling junta in perpetual government and to deny Nobel Laureate Ang Sang Suu Kyi, the only person to have been validly elected to run the country, any chance of doing so) despite pleas from all concerned to postpone it in the light of the calamity. The Burmese dictators, already notorious for the scant attention they pay to the welfare of their people (having presided over the decay of the country from one of the wealthiest to the poorest in the region), are plumbing new depths of inhumanity by refusing to issue visas to humanitarian workers and seizing the few relief supplies that have been flown in. If this is not a crime against humanity, then I don't know what is. I hope the generals will soon be the subjects of an investigation and prosecution by the International Criminal Court.]

The latest stats estimated 100,000 deaths, 30,000 missing and 2,000,000 displaced!! Only 20% of aid could trickle in. And who knows, how much or little of this 20% is going to reach the victims. How sad that people of the same race could mistreat people of their own kind.

It is high time that some stronger countries act now to rid Myanmar of these monsters. (See also my comment here:) http://blackandwhite999.blogspot.com/2008/05/dark-clouds-over-myanmar.html
Meanwhile in China:


In stark contrast, the recent earthquake in south-western China, in the province of Sichuan, saw local residents and the army personnel and all able bodied Chinese pitching in. Even the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao personally flew to the site. All emergency aids were despatched without any delay. I salute the Chinese Government.

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