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Sudan's Holocast reference

By Juliet Eilperin

COPENHAGEN--In an unexpected twist, the delegate who did his utmost to derail a political agreement at the U.N.-sponsored talks ended up mobilizing support for it by comparing the U.S.-brokered deal to the Holocaust.

Lumumba Stanislaus Dia-ping of Sudan--who chairs the G-77 plus China, a bloc of 130 countries--said Saturday the Copenhagen accord would end up killing Africans by failing to curb global temperature rise.

"It is asking Africa to sign a suicide pact, an incineration pact in order to maintain the economic dependence of a few countries," Dia-ping said . "It's a solution based on values that funneled six million people in Europe into furnaces."

A slew of delegates decried the reference, with Anders Turesson, chief negotiator of Sweden, calling it "absolutely despicable," and Ed Miliband, Britain's energy and climate change minister, describing it as a "disgusting comparison," which "should offend people across this conference whatever background they come from."

A slew of representatives from developing nations not only urged Dia-ping to take back his comments, but voiced their support for the deal once he had denounced it.

Dia-ping's remarks were particularly ironic given the fact that Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide, and that the Danes, who hosted the climate talks, managed to save 95 percent of their Jews during World War II, while other European governments let their Jewish citizens perish. After organizing collectively, the Danes managed to get 7,000 Jews safely across the sound to Sweden, while 481 were sent to the Thereseinstadt concentration camp, most of whom lived to return home.


Juliet Eilperin

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Sudan insults America and Obama insults China. Then China announces: "The world does not have so much money to buy more US Treasuries." Obama's lack of diplomacy is even dumber than that of Dia-Ping of Sudan.

It won't matter much when the Mayon Volcano explodes in the Philippines.

LAKI VOLCANO(1783) -- The eastern U.S. recorded the lowest-ever winter average temperature in 1783-84, about 4.8OC below the 225-year average. Europe also experienced an abnormally severe winter. Benjamin Franklin suggested that these cold conditions resulted from the blocking out of sunlight by dust and gases created by the Iceland Laki eruption in 1783. The Laki eruption was the largest outpouring of basalt lava in historic times.

TAMBORA VOLCANO(1815) -- Thirty years later, in 1815, the eruption of Mt. Tambora, Indonesia, resulted in an extremely cold spring and summer in 1816, which became known as the year without a summer. The Tambora eruption is believed to be the largest of the last ten thousand years. New England and Europe were hit exceptionally hard. Snowfalls and frost occurred in June, July and August and all but the hardiest grains were destroyed. Destruction of the corn crop forced farmers to slaughter their animals. Soup kitchens were opened to feed the hungry. Sea ice migrated across Atlantic shipping lanes, and alpine glaciers advanced down mountain slopes to exceptionally low elevations.

KRAKATAU VOLCANO(1883) -- Eruption of the Indonesian volcano Krakatau in August 1883 generated twenty times the volume of tephra released by the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. Krakatau was the second largest eruption in history, dwarfed only by the eruption of neighboring Tambora in 1815 (see above). For months after the Krakatau eruption, the world experienced unseasonably cool weather, brilliant sunsets, and prolonged twilights.

PINATUBO (1991) -- Mt. Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines on June 15, 1991, and one month later Mt. Hudson in southern Chile also erupted. The Pinatubo eruption produced the largest sulfur oxide cloud this century. The combined aerosol plume of Mt. Pinatubo and Mt. Hudson diffused around the globe in a matter of months. The data collected after these eruptions show that mean world temperatures decreased by about 1 degree Centigrade over the subsequent two years.

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