Richard Armitage on Darfur and Infectious Disease

Question: What issues don’t receive enough coverage?

Armitage:    I think there are probably two.  Darfur is the one that’s gotten me very unhappy because it has . . .  It’s got everything.  It’s got energy avarice.  It’s got inhumanity.  It’s got tribal and racial aspects.   It’s just got inhumanity on a grand scale.  And so I think we ought to step up and take a look at that.  To some extent all of us are our brothers’ keeper.  And the other is the question . . . the whole question of infectious diseases.  In some ways in Africa, we . . .  George Bush doesn’t get any credit.  He’s put four times as much money into this as any other president, and he’s had some . . . some success in some of the infectious diseases.  HIV/AIDS is still a real problem.  And it . . .  He doesn’t get enough credit for it, and therefore he doesn’t get enough . . .  with the next administration, he doesn’t get enough sort of psychological award to really continue this great effort and this great struggle.

Armitage strongly argues that the Darfur and AIDS crises are too important to ignore.

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