I've been hearing a lot about Darfur lately, and the terrible situation there. Before I continue any further on this topic, lets get something straight : Africa is a CONTINENT, with several nations, languages and religions, facts which the geographically illiterate don't seem to comprehend.
Bad enough that there are several conflicts raging in the African continent, yet there is a very slick and specific "Save Darfur" campaign in circulation these days. Problem is, its run by the usual suspects. Yoshie of Critical Monatages has the lowdown. Read it carefully.
So why Darfur?(Short answer : Sudan has a lot of oil) Why not the Republic of Congo where over 4 million people have been killed( ten times that of Darfur). Angola? Seirra Lione? Liberia? Somalia? Anybody even remember Rwanda anymore? Ethiopia? Oh but I guess this was before Hollywood celebs started the "adopt an african baby" trend(I guess its more fashionable, or photogenic then adopting the orphans left in the wake of Katrina). The politics of intervention rarely has to do with a humanitarian impulse, but rather exploitation as history has demonstrated over and over again. This is not to say that what is happening in Darfur is acceptable or should be allowed to continue, but rest assured that if the usual suspects get involved, they will make the situation worse as their intentions are far from altruistic. Think about it, zionazis treat Ethiopian falasha jews like dirt, and they've been ethnically cleansing Palestinians for decades, they'd love the opportunity to have world attention focused elsewhere. Lets not forget their lackeys, the Evangelical armagodnists who traditionally supported racial segregation and have thrown their messianic weight behind the wars against the peoples of Iraq(650000 plus dead), Palestine, and Lebanon praying that their Rapture acid trip is right around the corner.
Right....if you believe that these two groups of criminals give a damn what happens to the people of Darfur, you probably believe that Michael Jackson has the best of intentions when he opens up his daycare center for kids.