Spencer Ackerman says it well, “The Burmese Junta does what juntas everywhere do…using the catastrophe that killed perhaps as many as 100,000 people — a death toll too large to be comprehensible — as a shakedown opportunity.” Tragic, but true. Consider this:
“Burma’s ruling military junta today impounded United Nations food shipments bound for the storm-ravaged Irrawaddy Delta, and U.N. officials said they would suspend further aid to the country in response.
Two planes carrying about 76,000 pounds of high-energy biscuits landed in Rangoon today, but were forced to offload into a government-controlled warehouse, said Paul Risley, a spokesman for the U.N.’s World Food Program in Bangkok. Risley said UN officials were told that only Burma’s minister for social welfare could release the aid for distribution.