Seriously, it's food for thought as the challenge to statistics and evidence is good in that it is a drive to make interest groups and NGOs prove their facts and not get carried away with 'accepted wisdom'. That, however, is academic alongside the fact that in this enlightened and civilised age, people are dying from starvation and persecution.
This bit is rather Team America though:
Fran Healy, lead singer of the British pop group Travis, who visited Darfur on behalf of the charity Save the Children, recently wrote in the British tabloid the Sun: Africa is a very complex place, but the Darfur crisis is quite simple. The conflict is essentially the Arabs against the Africans. Its all tied up in various battles over things like oil and gold.
Hmm, all I have to add is that 120,000 dead my not be 400,000 but its still an outrage that the UN has done bugger all about and I can't see things getting any better in the 21st century than the 20th.
"The Save Darfur brigade has effectively transformed Darfur into a morality tale, in which it plays the role of a pure and virtuous warrior force against what a columnist for the UK Daily Telegraph hysterically describes as a warzone comparable to the death camps in Nazi Germany "
Since the columnist in question, Lord Deedes, had both visited Darfur on a number of occasions and seen a Nazi death camp I think he ought to be trusted with the comparison. His last column stands as a fitting testament to the man.
"They put the dead in Darfur at 200,000, the displaced at two million. I would place both figures higher than that. And neither figure, whatever it is, can convey the torment those people have suffered while the world stood idly by.
When details of the Holocaust came to light, many - and not all of them Germans - took shelter behind the assertion: "I did not know."
That offers us no escape route from the shame of Darfur. We've known, wrung our hands and done nothing. It's going to take some living down."