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Why won’t the government of Burma (Myanmar) let aid in?

My sister (in law) wondered why the government, if you can call it that, of Burma (Myanmar) isn’t letting foreign aid into the country after Cyclone Narqis [1] (that’s a hurricane to any North Americans in the audience) ripped through the country earlier this month. My quick-and-dirty response:

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#1 Comment By Jen On 7 May 2008 @ 11:22 pm

I’m not very savvy when it comes to international relations, but I would – perhaps naively – think it’d be in Burma’s best interest to at least show a grain of concern for its citizins by allowing in some aid. But then again, if they don’t want other people coming in telling them how to run their government, maybe they also don’t want to be expected to help out other countries in return for the aid they might receive. Still, their death toll will only continue to rise – at mindblowing rates – if they refuse help at this early stage. Once all the water is contaminated with the corpses they’re ignoring… it’ll only get worse for them and then they won’t have a people to govern…

#2 Comment By Adam Burke On 8 May 2008 @ 1:10 am

I think the Burmese regime are holding off because small scale disasters are typically opportunities for them to tighten their grip. They have the food / money / weapons, and after a disaster their advantage in same is increased even if their total stores / bank account / arsenal is decreased. They aren’t sure how a large disaster will play out.

It’s like all of these tinpot pricks, they would rather be king of a shitheap than a citizen of a free and fairly well off state.

#3 Comment By Ryan Simmons On 9 May 2008 @ 8:00 pm

Perhaps Burma are scared the US are only offering their support for purely selfish reasons. Do Burma have untapped oil? It’s not like Mr. Bush to be so considerate, he didn’t act so swiftly when Katrina destroyed most of New Orleans!

#4 Comment By karly On 24 May 2008 @ 5:14 am

i total agree with john

#5 Comment By jono aka chi-gong On 26 June 2008 @ 6:02 pm

Burma/Myanmar; same name different bucket just in burmese language second time round, WDF why for i say and i am from burma, for national pride thats why! To stick it up the spanish Dutch, Chinease and all the rest who used to occupy and/or colonise burma. We na stuff dat the millitary and government/dictators have too much pride to accept any help, and yes they are too paranoid as well as schitzophrenic(wonder if i spelt it right lols, i doubt it aye)not to forget exceedingly mentally retarded, greedy and selfish. Arsholes doesnt even come close many other harsher slurs fit them much better. I Hate what is done to my fellow people, not even my worst enemy deserve what burmese lifestyle attributed in part by the leadership imposes on a person. You know america always has a vested interest to answer another blogger its the natural gas amongst other things, Burma is a resource rich nation and america always needs a payoff for a “gud deed”. there are also alot of gems/precious stones to be mined and probobly gold also, but gas for certain.