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Burma Cyclone Tragedy versus Katrinagate

May 16th, 2008 | by Tom Harper |

It’s tempting to compare the immeasurable tragedy in Burma/Myanmar to the New Orleans devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. After all there are plenty of parallels.

Both were natural tragedies (“Acts of God” if you prefer) which caused untold loss of life and massive homelessness. (Yes I know the deaths in Myanmar were many many times higher than the deaths in New Orleans. I’m taking some leeway…)

And both tragedies were made immeasurably worse by the pathetic spastic “response” of a useless corrupt festering government.

But let’s be fair to the dictatorship in Myanmar. There’s at least one crucial difference between these two tragedies: the junta in Myanmar has warned against profiteering from the misery. There’ll be no Disaster Capitalism here, thank you very much. If you want to pull that kind of sleazy amoral shit, go to America.

This means: Blackwater — stay the fuck away.

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  1. One Response to “Burma Cyclone Tragedy versus Katrinagate”

  2. By Dusty on May 16, 2008 | Reply

    I beg to differ Tom. Katrina the hurricane did very little damage. The levee which was poorly designed, never maintained and built cheap did the bulk of the damage.

    The idiots in the Myanmar junta would rather let people die than allow agencies to bring in help and necessities.

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