Richard North, 10/01/2005  

Further to our disturbing story posted in the small hours of this morning, about the Indonesians blocking the US Marines in their bid to deliver aid, just for once a bit of good news.

According to Channel News Asia, the US marines from the USS Bonhomme Richard have actually been allowed to land at Meulaboh, bringing water, rice and timber to the remote Indonesian town where more than 28,000 people were killed in the tsunami disaster.

"This is the first time we are landing here. We are bringing the items to assist in the humanitarian effort," Lieutenant Colonel Jay Hatton of the 15th Marine Expedition Unit said as his men unloaded goods on the beach at Pasir village.

A triumph from the “men from Mars” while Venus sleeps – and, needless to say, absolutely nothing of this on the BBC.

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