The United Nations blasted Myanmar's military government Friday, saying its refusal to let in foreign aid workers to help victims of a devastating cyclone was "unprecedented" in the history of humanitarian work.
While the junta dithered and appeared overwhelmed by last Saturday's disaster, more than 1 million homeless people waited for food, shelter and medicine. Many crammed into Buddhist monasteries or just camped out in the open.
And so I offer this post as a mea culpa as regards my previous post quoting from The Washington Post that indicated that the junta was not only asking for help but...
"the International Red Cross, the United Nations, the European Union and a number of highly competent relief agencies were already on the ground..."
That said, I stand by my criticism of Laura Bush's ignorant use of the disaster to score political points. Given the disgusting aftermath of hurricane Katrina, nobody in the Bush family has the right to criticize a disaster response effort, no matter how poorly managed. Heckuva job Laura. Also, I will acknowledge that Alpha Male's criticism in the comments back there were accurate, we at CC headquarters believe that credit should go where it is due.