Burma’ junta policy costs lives

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has accused Burma of causing the loss of tens of thousands of lives by hindering international cyclone relief efforts.

Mr. Gates said the United States had had ships and aircraft ready to help after Cyclone Nargis hit a month ago. Unlike Indonesia and Bangladesh after major natural disasters, Burma had denied entry to the country, he said.

An estimated 2.4m people remain homeless and hungry following the cyclone, which struck on 2 May. “Many other countries besides the United States also have felt hindered in their efforts,” said Mr. Gates, speaking at a security conference in Singapore. “Despite these obstructions, we continue to get help into Burma, and remain poised to provide more,” he added.

Burma and Myanmar’s dictators have proved in practice that democracy ….saves lives!!!


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