While the MSM is distracted with the antics of Hamas in Gaza, a crisis involving millions of innocent people is occuring in Asia.
It appears the rather odd isolationist regime currently ‘running’ Burma is practicing something close to genocide on various ethnic groups in the country.
The latest victims of the Military Regime are the Chin people in the western parts of Burma. Clearly the Chin and other ethnic groups have done something to piss off the generals otherwise why else would they be trying to starve them to death?
By rights Burma should be a moderately wealthy country and once upon a time it was one of the wealthiest in the region. It should potentially be able to kick Thailand’s ass when it comes to tourism, and it has the greatest amount of valuable natural resources in the region – that is, unless the Chinese and Indian don’t loot the lot.
Unfortunately it is run by a group of slightly loony paranoid generals whose main aim in life is cash in on the natural resources as quickly as possible while oppressing the people in the cruelest ways possible.
The reason the regime hasn’t collapsed is that it’s large neighbours, China and India, bail it out by ‘buying’ it’s commodities at bargain basement prices. In return for having ‘eclusive’ rights in assisting the General’s looting of the countries resources, China and India help out by blocking UN resolutions, ASEAN attempts to find a solution, and supplying the weapons and military materiel needed by the regime to oppress it’s people, and generally obstructing any attempts to improve the lives of Burmese.
China’s behaviour is perfectly consistent as it too is a dictatorship. India on the other hand should be ashamed of itself. It’s people enjoy democratic rights that Burmese people should have, yet it turns a blind eye to this for it’s own business interests.
Closer to home SOE Kordia / Orcon has been involved in infrastructure projects in Burma, presumably paid for by the regime. One wonders how the Government can justify allowing a SOE to operate in such a country – surely there are other opportunities out there that don’t involve helping a regime that practices genocide?
I’m looking forward to seeing all those protesters who got so indignant over Gaza protesting outside the Chinese & Indian consulates, demanding they withdraw support for the military regime in Burma. I also look forward to a huge fuss and demands of consumer boycott of Kordia/Orcon. I’ll particularly enjoy seeing Green MP’s grilling the government about Kordia businesses in Burma and Thailand, because one can only assume they were a bit busy to do this while they were in coalition with Labour.
Unfortunately there are no helpful photo’s of kiddies covered in blood, and no nasty Jew’s in tanks shelling hospitals – because the Burmese regime doesn’t allow any journalists into the country. I guess that means that once again this tragedy will be met with a deafening silence.