Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Mbeki as Macbeth

Someone has actually tried to do the math now that he's gone: how many people died as the direct result of Thabo Mbeki's AIDS policies? This particular estimate puts it at 365,000 lives and 3.8 million years of life.

Whatever the number, it was a lot:

As Zackie Achmat says in this NYT article:

“He is like Macbeth. It’s easier to walk through the blood than to turn back and admit you made a mistake.”

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