Trouble in Burma Continues

Report: Myanmar victims forced to toil for food

Myanmar’s military regime has forced cyclone survivors to do menial labor in exchange for food and has stepped up a campaign to evict the homeless from aid shelters, an international human rights group said Thursday.

London-based Amnesty International also said authorities in several cyclone-hit areas continue to divert aid despite the junta’s pledge to crack down on the problem weeks ago.

And get this:

U.S. Navy ships laden with relief supplies steamed away from Myanmar’s coast Thursday, their helicopters barred by the ruling junta even though millions of cyclone survivors need food, shelter or medical care.

The USS Essex group, which includes four ships, 22 helicopters and 5,000 U.S. military personnel, had been off the Myanmar coast for more than three weeks hoping for a green light to deliver aid to the survivors.

No doubt this will be used by propagandists in the near future.

Virtually all of the great famines and other natural disasters that have killed millions and left millions other to suffer have been created and enforced by unfriendly local governments intentionally creating victims.

Then everyone sits around and wrings their hands about the poor people suffering because of the drought or the typhoon or the flood and asks you to send money and wonders aloud why the rich people in America aren’t doing more to help.

At least Murdoc’s not bitter.