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Friday, May 09, 2008

 
History Rhymes With Itself, Banana Republic Edition

Remember what happened to the proceeds of the "We Are The World" Ethiopian famine relief effort? The government seized the relief shipments for itself. Why? Because Ethiopian maximum leader Mengistu Haile Mariam was instigating a pogrom against the people for whom the didaster relief was intended.

Somethign like that is now happening in Myanmar/Burma. There is (I believe) no progrom this time, but Myanmar, like then-Communist Ethiopia, is the sort of government that views its citizens as expendible, that the State exists solely to provide comfort to the ruling party.

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