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As far back as 2003 the WHO was reporting 70,000 dead just in a 7-month period in 2003.  The US State Department has given a figure of 60-160,000.  The Coalition for International Justice, based on extrapolations from refugee interviews, has estimated 400,000.

See this Washington Post story for details.

Iraq doesn't even come close.  I hate to say it, but it appears that because the Iraq situation can be so easily blamed on the Bush administration, it gets a lot of play.  Darfur is the fault of the Sudanese regime, and it simply isn't as fashionable for western progressives to criticize, despite being one of the world's most odious governments.

by tyronen on Mon Dec 19th, 2005 at 03:46:31 PM EST
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Thank you very much, tyronen.

I agree with your analysis, obviously.

I guess I don't tell you anything new with the following comment re:

"simply isn't as fashionable for western progressives to criticize"

In my humble opinion: Real progressives do not care about fashion, but about progressive causes.
Those who care about fashion are "champagne socialists."


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by Atlantic Review (bl -at- atlanticreview dot org) on Mon Dec 19th, 2005 at 05:01:46 PM EST
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