Friday, September 28, 2007

"Civilized Nations" Excludes Companies

In regard to the violence in Myanmar, American President George Bush said "every civilized nation has a responsibility to stand up for people suffering under a brutal military regime like the one that has ruled Burma for too long. I call on all nations that have influence with the regime to join us..."

What about every civilized corporation? George W. Bush is yet to call on Chevron or Total to cut off the daily flow of over 17 million cubic meters of oil from the oppressive country. Under a 1992 production sharing agreement which occurred on Poppy's watch, proceeds go to the ruling junta. The oil field became operational in 2000 so the Myanmar government enjoyed oil revenues for eight years, seven under George's term in office.

There's another lever there, Mr. President. If you won't pull it, at least come out from behind the curtain. That holds for you as well, Prime Minister Gordon Brown.