Monday, July 12, 2004


If you want to follow the genocide in Darfur -- and by all means it is worth following -- this site is an excellent one.

And if you wonder why France is opposed to the U.S. plan for international sanctions against Sudan over this mass murder, it goes deeper than the usual Gallic sneer at anything that stinks of America. It goes deep enough to strike oil, in fact.

Check out the extent of the French oil concessions (FinaELF) in Darfur on this map if you don't believe me.

Arab militias are conducting a brutal "ethnic cleansing" against non-Arabs, mostly blacks. A million people have fled their homes and at least 10,000 have been killed in what the UN calls "the world's worst humanitarian crisis." To its credit, the Bush administration is keeping up the heat on Sudan.

But France stands in the way. Seemingly it never met a petroleum-rich murderous dictatorship it didn't like. What's French for "blood for oil"?