YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's military leaders seized aid shipments headed for cyclone survivors and told the top U.S. diplomat there Friday that they're not ready to let in American aid workers despite warnings the country is on the verge of a medical catastrophe.
The U.N. World Food Program said two plane loads of supplies containing enough high-energy biscuits to feed 95,000 people were seized Friday, prompting the world body to say it was suspending aid flights.
I don't know why they would suspend flights. I am sure the honest and trustworthy Myanmar government will make sure the aid gets to those who need it most. /Snark.
Later, WFP chief spokeswoman Nancy Roman said the flights would resume on Saturday while negotiations continued for the release of the supplies.
Myanmar's government acknowledged taking control of the shipments and said it plans to distribute the aid itself to the affected areas.
Oh yeah, good luck with that. Nancy would probably have better luck negotiating chicken wings out of Michael Moore's mouth.
Myanmar says it will accept aid from all countries, but prohibits the entry of foreign workers who would deliver and manage the operations. The junta is not ready to change that position, Villarosa said she was told.
But Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, has agreed to allow a single U.S. cargo aircraft to bring in relief supplies for victims of a cyclone, Pentagon spokesman Maj. Stuart Upton said Friday. (H/T - AP via Yahoo!)
Pardon my Burmese, but frak them, then! If the junta doesn't want our help or trust that we'll deliver the aid in a speedy and efficient manner, then I say we let them fend for themselves. Maybe we can distribute the food and supplies to needy folks, say, here in America!
I'm just sayin'.