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Originally posted by DaddyBare
reply to post by jasonjnelson
Remember we are talking about the American war machine here...
if they thought they had cause (I don't see how they would in this case) Then they would have no pause in breaking out the stealth bombers and having the 1st Mar Div...take the beaches...
but as others have pointed out we've never gone to war to help people other than ourselves
[edit on 10-5-2008 by DaddyBare]
By most reliable estimates, close to 100,000 people are dead.
These pledges are certainly not intended as selfless humanitarian gestures. The Bush administration has been seeking to undermine the Burmese military regime for years and seized on protests last year by Buddhist monks to slap economic sanctions on the country and its rulers. There is no doubt that the United States would be happy to exploit the current tragedy to get a military foothold in the country.
In the case of Burma, the US is interested in countering the influence of China, which has closer ties with the military regime and sees the country as a critical point of access into the Indian Ocean. As far as the Bush administration is concerned, the population of the country is only a bargaining chip in the pursuit of geo-strategic objectives.
US energy giants, including the Chevron oil corporation, also have interests in Burma. While the Bush administration has placed economic sanctions on the country, these have not affected Chevron’s multibillion-dollar investments through its subsidiary Unocal. Human rights groups have accused Chevron of complicity in abuses in Burma intended to protect its pipeline routes.
Originally posted by IchiNiSan
Certainly a tragedy and a disaster in which everyone should lend a hand to help the victims. Nonetheless it is simply interesting to see how incredibly fast the Bush admin is blowing up the figures to hundreds of thousands, millions....
Aid has started to trickle through to the survivors of the Burmese cyclone disaster but many more supplies are urgently needed if a disease epidemic is to be avoided, aid agencies said today.
Two Red Cross planes loaded with emergency relief supplies have now landed in the stricken country with another due to land later today.
The Red Cross estimates that some 220,000 people have now received some kind of aid, in the wake of the catastrophe.
Charities have been warning of a disease epidemic of "apocalyptic proportions" due to delays in supplies getting through to those in need.
Originally posted by Gun Totin Gerbil
You can't blame them for not wanting the disaster-multipliers USA in with their tied aid . Once in, they aren't going anywhere. They'll be building bases ,overthrowing governments, privatizing industry for US corporation benefit and running up a nice little debt in rebuilding and construction contracts to for burma to keep them enslaved for the next few decades . It'll be disaster capitalism just how Noami Klein described it.
[edit on 10-5-2008 by Gun Totin Gerbil]