The truth is we're not even close to meeting the MDGs. Conditions in sub-Saharan Africa are worse now than they were a decade ago. The outcome of the summit hangs in the balance. Tony Blair and G8 leaders promised action for Africa at Gleneagles. They must now deliver.
It's not too much. He's not a household [name]... but it's a really vivid way to dramatize the truth of an underlying story - the story of how dangerous Iraq is, and that's an important story to be told.