The Perfect Storm

17 May 2008

By Aung Zaw
[Source - Irrawaddy]

A friend of mine in Rangoon called me this morning. “It’s depressing and upsetting—people in the delta region are desperately scavenging for food and aid,” he said, having just returned from a charity mission to the devastated area.

But he added: “The survivors are coping as best they can. They are very resilient and are putting their own lives back together. They haven’t lost their dignity.”

I was relieved to know that in spite of all the heartbreaking reports and horrific images coming out of Burma, the only one who had lost his dignity was Snr-Gen Than Shwe.

In spite of the woefully slow response from the Burmese military authorities—and the heartless blockade and misappropriation of aid and supplies—the people of the delta are taking matters into their own hands, standing strong, taking care of each other, determined to survive.

The generals are unyielding; the United Nations pathetic.

John Holmes, the UN’s under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, whimpered: “The biggest problem we have at the moment is that international humanitarian staff are not being allowed down into the affected area in the delta.”

On Wednesday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon held an emergency meeting with select countries, including Asean, India and the five permanent members of Security Council.

Briefing the media afterward outside the UN headquarters in New York, Ban said, “There was some concern expressed that, while this will be a humanitarian crisis, if we are not able to address this issue in a proper way—reaching those people in need—then it may create inevitably some kind of political issue. Therefore, we need to be careful about that.”

The UN, by nature, is careful—often timid in its language—and takes a gentle diplomatic approach to each of its myriad concerns. It has no intention of picking a fight with Burma’s generals. Ambassador after ambassador at the UN emphasized that they didn’t want to politicize the issue.

That’s why, to me, this humanitarian crisis has now become a man-made disaster.

Than Shwe and his clique have failed in every regard—to issue cyclone warnings, to plan an evacuation, to allow aid workers and supplies in, even to the point of stealing the food and water marked for those victims who are dying without it.

Then he turned his back on the horror in the delta and stole the referendum as well.

Rightly so, Than Shwe is now accused of committing crimes against humanity.

Like it or not, this crisis is a political issue and the UN has failed again to grasp its own impotence.

The UN huffs and puffs and “ums” and “ahs” as warships containing hundreds of tons of aid sit unsolicited in international waters, not a day’s sail from the delta. It sits on the fence while its leading members cry out for humanitarian intervention.

With the United Nations apparently unable to move, the spotlight again turns to Than Shwe and his diplomatic chess game.

After declaring a massive turnout and a victory in the referendum, the former psychological warfare officer is now preparing to go on the offensive.

In approving visas for aid workers from Bangladesh, China, India and Thailand, Than Shwe shows he plans to again hide behind his neighbors and allies.

“Even though Burma’s military regime is denying aid to 2 million people facing death, efforts at the UN Security Council to invoke the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ doctrine are dead as a doornail, mainly because of Burma’s ally, China,” said Aung Din, Executive Director of the US Campaign for Burma.

“It is time for countries to stop waiting for the [UN Security] Council to act—which it won’t—and commence immediate delivery of aid to thirsty, starving and homeless Burmese now facing imminent threat of disease in the Irrawaddy Delta,” he pleaded.

But Than Shwe is—if nothing else—consistent. He will not buckle, nor see the light or the error of his ways. He will continue regardless, callous and deceitful as always.

Meanwhile, the so-called civilized world will keep on talking, “moving the process forward,” expressing their concerns and deep frustration.

Thankfully, the brave people in the Irrawaddy delta are not procrastinators by nature. They are survivors. And their dignity will not allow them to sit back and wait while their leaders and the rest of the world abandon them.


Anonymous said...

85cc免費影城 愛情公寓正妹牆川藏第一美女 成人影片 情色交友網 美女視訊 美女視訊 視訊情人高雄網 JP成人影城 383成人影城 aa片免費a片下載 a片線上看aa片免費看 ※a片線上試看※sex520免費影片※ aa片免費看 BT成人論壇 金瓶影片交流區 自拍美女聊天室 aa片免費a片下載 SEX520免費影片 免費a片 日本美女寫真集 sex520aa免費影片 sex520aa免費影片 BT成人網 Hotsee免費視訊交友 百分百貼影片區 SEX520免費影片 免費視訊聊天室 情人視訊高雄網 星光情色討論版 正妹牆 383成人影城 線上85cc免費影城 85cc免費影城 85cc免費影城 85cc免費影城 ※免費視訊聊天室※ ※免費視訊聊天室※ 免費視訊聊天室 85cc免費影片 85cc免費影片 080苗栗人聊天室 080苗栗人聊天室 080中部人聊天室 080中部人聊天室 免費a片下載 免費a片 AA片免費看 aa片免費看 aa片免費看 aa片免費看 aa片免費看 日本av女優影片 av女優 av女優無碼影城 av女優 av女優 百分百成人圖片 百分百成人圖片 視訊情人高雄網 電話交友 影音電話交友 絕色影城 絕色影城 夜未眠成人影城 夜未眠成人影城 色咪咪影片網 色咪咪影片網 色咪咪影片網 色咪咪影片網 色咪咪影片網 免費色咪咪貼影片 免費色咪咪貼影片 色情遊戲 色情遊戲 色情遊戲 色情遊戲 影音視訊交友網 視訊交友網 080視訊聊天室 ※免費視訊聊天室※ ※免費視訊聊天室※ 視訊聊天室 成人影音視訊聊天室 ut影音視訊聊天室 ※免費視訊聊天室※ 視訊ukiss聊天室視訊ukiss聊天室 視訊交友90739 視訊交友90739 情人視訊網 168視訊美女 168視訊美女 168視訊美女 視訊美女館 視訊美女館 免費視訊美女網 小高聊天室 小高聊天室 aio交友聊天室 aio交友聊天室 交友聊天室 交友聊天室 線上a片 線上a片 線上a片 線上a片 線上a片 免費線上a片 免費線上a片 嘟嘟成人網站 成人漫畫 情色文學 嘟嘟成人網 成人貼圖區 情色文學成人小說 微風成人區 情色貼圖區 免費視訊聊天 免費成人圖片區 愛情公寓 愛情公寓聊天室 寄情築園小遊戲 免費aa片線上看 aa片免費看 情色SXE聊天室 SEX情色遊戲 色情A片 免費下載 av女優 俱樂部 情色論壇 辣妹視訊 情色貼圖網 免費色情 聊天室 情人視訊聊天室 免費a片成人影城 免費a片-aa片免費看 0204貼圖區 SEX情色 交友聊天-線上免費 女優天堂 成人交友網 成人情色貼圖區 18禁 -女優王國 080視訊美女聊天室 080視訊聊天室 視訊交友90739 免費a片 aio 視訊交友網 成人影城-免費a片※免費視訊聊天※85cc免費影片日本線上免費a片 免費色咪咪影片免費色咪咪影片aaa片免費看影片aaa片免費看成人影城

Anonymous said...

★ 視訊美女影音★網友一夜情聊天室★網路視訊聊天室★★ 免費音樂試聽★★888視訊聊天室★ ★辣妹妹影音視訊聊天室★★情色漫畫★★影音視訊聊天情人網★★偷窺視訊聊天室★★168視訊美女★影音Live秀☆♀ 成人遊戲區 ☆♀☆♀ 激情網愛聊天 ☆♀☆♀ 成人小說 ☆♀ 激情網愛聊天成人遊戲區☆♀ 免費辣妹視訊聊天網 ☆♀☆♀ 成人卡通電影 ☆♀☆♀ 激情網愛聊天 ☆♀☆♀ 視訊美女觀看免費 ☆♀☆♀ 成人哈啦聊天室☆♀☆♀ 視訊美女觀看免費 ☆♀電話交友☆♀ 視訊錄影☆♀美女交友 美女視訊 性感妹妹等你喔洪爺視訊網0509免費 視訊聊天秀視訊辣妹日本情色論壇不夜城情色論壇伊莉論壇討論區gogobox論壇激突綜合論壇辣辣情色論壇亞洲情色論壇exBT成人論壇荳蔻情色論壇玫瑰公爵成人論壇Mr.愛愛聊論壇18禁地論壇WO,WO,論壇東東成人論壇Google,網上論壇一夜情聊天 一夜情貼圖白虎美女圖庫 波霸美女小遊戲手槍美女賞圖真人美女辣妹鋼管脫衣秀 av美女泳裝美女寫真 玩弄av美女電眼美女小遊戲台灣美女寫真貼圖區裸體美女 自拍美女聊天室 自拍美女聊天室 視訊聊天自拍美女聊天室 s383 台灣美女寫真集圖片館西洋白虎美女圖美女與野獸灣美女 kiss 情網貼圖區丁字褲美女圖前進東洋混血美女 莉亞3d 美女短片免費試看台灣美女 kiss 情網貼圖區巨乳美女我要看美女全身波波線上遊戲網美女拳 完美女人影音網絲襪美女吊帶襪美女日本a片色情自拍照片情色文學網友一夜情聊天室網愛俱樂部激情網愛kk視訊sogo 成人論壇成人動畫論壇免費情色影片觀賞免費a片貼圖區日本美女寫真集av女優VS檳榔西施ut聊天室聊天室色情豆豆聊天室色情聊天室男人尋夢園聊天室080中部人聊天室123上班族聊天室 sm聊天室愛情公寓聊天室一夜情聊天室蟲蟲聊天室激情成人網愛聊天室激情網愛聊天哈啦聊天室影音視訊聊天室痘痘聊天室情色網重車論壇av女優日本大奶女優av女優線上觀賞av女優無碼影城av女優電影av女優圖貼女優做愛撿來的av女優av女優排行日本av女優免費影片區av女優神藤美香人氣女優日本女優美女寫真免費欣賞av女優無碼a片女優無碼日本女優短片試看鄰家女優台灣女優無碼女優女優網歐美女優女優探索網女優星球sex女優王國av女優介紹女優寫真無碼av女優日本av女優影片百分百成人圖線上交友網成人愛情交易所