Please take ten minutes to care about something else tonight.
What would Rosie want you to do?
Darfur can be understood. And there's something you can do right now: Have an informed opinion.
That is a picture of a refugee camp.
That is a picture of American celebrities.
The news today is Bush announcing sanctions against Sudan.
The critical analysis is that the U.S. is less worried about genocide and more worried about oil (Sudan has lots), China (needs lots of oil), and Israel & the Middle East (scroll down to the map).
As soon as certain topics are raised, the concrete melts into the abstract and no one seems able to think of turns of speech that are not hackneyed: prose consists less and less of words chosen for the sake of their meaning, and more and more of phrases tacked together like the sections of a prefabricated hen-house.