Monday, June 18, 2007

Oh. So Genocide's Okay Then

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's quite a fellow. Just you look at this:
Almost invariably, we discuss Darfur in a convenient military and political shorthand -- an ethnic conflict pitting Arab militias against black rebels and farmers. Look to its roots, though, and you discover a more complex dynamic. Amid the diverse social and political causes, the Darfur conflict began as an ecological crisis, arising at least in part from climate change.
Fascinating stuff, of course, but something along the lines of being totally indifferent, what? I mean, we're talking about men here, right? Men. Not animals. And men don't slaughter huge numbers of other men (or women or children) because of the heat.

Now, if Mr. Moon were using climate change to explain the ruthless treatment of, say, one group of sub-Saharan jackal towards another group of sub-Saharan jackal, then I might be willing to up my appraisal of him to trivial ... A mere rung away from the sort of authority Alex Trebek wields ... But alas! Criminally insane he must remain.

(Or was this his was of saying that the Janjaweed are animals? Now that I'd be willing to call thinking.)