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Our view: Myanmar’s leaders among world’s worst

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Published: May 20, 2008 03:27 am

Our view: Myanmar’s leaders among world’s worst

It is possible that there is no worse government on the planet than the military junta running Myanmar.

A cyclone May 3 devastated the southeast Asian country formerly known as Burma. While the official government death toll is around 32,000, the United Nations estimates that 60,000 to 100,000 may have been killed by the storm. The death toll may push into the millions as the storm’s victims, their homes and crops destroyed, now face starvation and disease.

The world has rallied to help the victims of Myanmar. But the paranoid military government in control since 1988 has allowed only a trickle of foreign aid into the country. The rulers fear foreign influences and the damage to their reputations if they are seen needing outside help.

So Myanmar’s people suffer as aid piles up along the border in Thailand, waiting for a general’s whim to allow it in.

The military previously had seized two planeloads of relief supplies from the U.N., prompting the organization to suspend for a time its aid shipments. To boost their prestige, some of Myanmar’s generals have seized foreign aid containers and written their own names on them, to fool the people into believing they were helping rather than simply adding to the people’s misery.

Other members of the military who should be helping rescue people and repairing damaged roads are instead chasing down foreign journalists who dare to report on the devastation.

Meanwhile, in the middle of this madness, the government held a referendum vote on a new constitution designed to consolidate its hold on power.

It is unfortunate that it takes a tragedy of this magnitude to focus the world’s attention on the brutishness of Myanmar’s government. Myanmar’s generals have earned a place along with North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il as the worst leaders in the world. A government that places a higher priority on its power and prestige than on the basic survival of its people is unworthy of rule.

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Written by Lwin Aung Soe

May 20, 2008 at 12:09 pm