Tuesday, October 24, 2006

A caring Britain?

Paul McCartney. Heather Mills-McCartney. "Oh, I wonder what will happen between them today?" The situation in Iraq has worsened to such an extent that it cannot be long before Bush and Blair are forced to say they were wrong. Their legacy and place in history secure. Meanwhile in Iraq, millions are forced to leave their homes and flee the country in fear of continued ethnic cleansing.The same is happening in Darfur.Hidden away on page 45 in The Independent on Sunday, Jonathan Erasmus wrote: "Up to 2,000 refugees a day are now flooding into camps, many travelling hundreds of miles crushed together like livestock, piled one on top of the other, often with 300 people in a single truck. Other refugees have made the journey on foot, walking for 20 days or more in searing heat in order to reach the camps. Many though, whether through ill health or militia attacks, did not survive." This situation will undoubtedly continue, maybe for months and years. Darfur is another Iraq, minus the press coverage. This shows us, as if we didn’t know, that politicians do little unless an issue is in the press. A few weeks ago, George Clooney and his father made Darfur news across the Western world, talking tirelessly to the media. Tony Blair responded, saying all that could be done, would be. Who is at fault then? Tony Blair? The media? Us? All three?I think, sorry - largely - US! If we cared, the media would report it, the politicians would have to do something. Oh well… Where shall I go shopping at the weekend? Hey - what about Paul McCartney, hey?

Dylan Strain

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