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February 13, 2008



my take

Charles Liu

Mia Farrow is out of her mind.

After so many years of inaction and indifference by the West, we suddenly want to blame Darfur on China? There are plenty of blame to go around, starting with our support of the SPLA and John Garang 10 years ago:

At any rate the original Darfur mess we started has since been replaced with inter-tribal conflict and herdsmen fighting for territory. Neither Khartoum nor Beijing has much influence over that.

China is simply a scapegoat.


So, the continuing problems in Darfur are in some way the fault of the activist for not being sensitive enough to poor old China's history of oppression? (rather than a government that sells arms to one set of bad guys in darfur, feeds their economy with cash and opposes UN resolutions designed to relieve the suffering).

Is that what is being said here?

And out of interest, just what strategy should Spielberg have followed to really make a difference? Say nothing - that timelessly successful method of international diplomacy?

Or perhaps he should have brought up the subject to BOCOG members over canapes and private screenings of jaws? And then go home happy as the toothless mandarins smile and tell him China does not interfere in the affairs of a sovereign nation (except when to provide arms, buy oil and oppose UN sanctions).

Come on David, what exactly is this third way you refer to but then don't elaborate upon? Just how can the 'incompetent' activists actually make a difference?

Charles Liu

Francis, here's a comment I read on Times UK:

Holding China accountable for events in Darfur is like holding the United State accountable for events in Chechnya. The trouble in Darfur is caused by too many people (herders and farmers) chasing too few resources (available land). As long as that situation persists, there will ALWAYS be trouble. When an exploding population decides not to manage itself or its resources, hunger, civil war and genocide occur. This is a repeated theme in all societies throughout human history. For the situation in Darfur to be resolved quickly, the area must be depopulated. Either the international community can take in a few million refugees and give them education and job training, or mother nature can take it’s course and let them all die.


@ francis - What tactics should Spielberg have followed? There are no shortages of [constructive] suggestions available on the blog and the amazing thing is they are not too difficult to grasp. Why didn't Spielberg get it?

Also, did he say anything about Iraq, or the 101 other places of troubles? Why hold China solely responsible for a war it does not conduct?

Charles Liu

Mike, if Mia Farrow wants to end the Darfur genocide, she should be focusing on our, not mere complacency, but fueling of the conflict.

Here are two articles, one by Keith Snow:

And by William Engdahl: asia/Oil_in_Africa/oil_in_africa.html

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