Skip to comments.West 'guilty' over Rwanda genocide
Posted on 04/06/2004 2:37:04 PM PDT by presidio9Edited on 04/29/2004 2:04:09 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
KIGALI, Rwanda -- Western powers bear "criminal responsibility" for Rwanda's 1994 genocide because they did not attempt to stop it, the commander of the U.N. peacekeeping force in the country at the time has said.
"The international community didn't give one damn for Rwandans because Rwanda was a country of no strategic importance," General Romeo Dallaire told a conference in Kigali marking the 10th anniversary of the slaughter.
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Egads, I thought it was the fault of the Hutu's swinging the pangas.
I'll just assume everything is my fault until further notice.
I see. Since we had no national interest in Rwanda, we were criminally responbsible for not invading the country to stop the gencoide and mass murder. But since we DID have a strategivc interest in Iraq, we were criminally responsible because we DID invade the country to stop genocide and mass murder.
Clear as mud.
P.S. Everyone associated with the UN makes me sick.
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Wrong. It is actually George Bush's fault.
Did you notice how CNN sort of forgot to mention who was President of the United States while this "tragedy that we did nothing about" was going on?
Duh! You have to be a WASP to be culpable of anything reprehensible.
The Belgians, under whose orders I don't recall, left. The tribesmen then murdered all 1800, little recognizable but the bright clothes among the remains.
I like to think, in fact I believe that had the troops been American they would not have allowed this to take place. After all, these were men, women and children. I am not for U.S. intervention in other's troubles, but this was horrendous.
Did anyone else see this Frontline program?
And didn't these, Tutsi Rwandans, once they realized the UN was going to leave them defenseless, didn't they beg the UN to shoot them, as they preferred dying that way than being macheted to death. Of course, their pleas weren't headed and were macheted to death shortly after the Belgians cleared out.
On April 11, with no active mandate, the UN started ordering troop withdrawals. Belgian soldiers leaving a school where 2,000 Tutsis had taken refuge were asked by a representative to please shoot them before they went so they wouldn't be butchered by the Hutus. The Belgians declined, withdrew, and the Tutsis were carved up by the Hutus waiting outside.
Source: Big shrug again makes genocide possible
Shortly after 1 p.m., they saw the Belgian soldiers line up their jeeps, preparing to move out, but they could not believe that they were being deserted before arrangements had been made for their protection. At the order to depart, the soldiers jumped into their jeeps and rapidly pulled out of the gate. Some of the Rwandans hurried to lie down in the road to block the departure, but they were too slow to stop the convoy. As some ran after the departing jeeps, shouting Do not abandon us! they were driven back by the UNAMIR soldiers firing over their heads. Lemaire had advised the displaced persons to try to leave in small groupsunder cover of night, but there was no question of that. As the Belgian troops left, the militia and Rwandan soldiers rushed through one gate and the displaced began fleeing out another.
...The Rwandans who escaped immediate slaughter on the school grounds tried to flee to the nearest major UNAMIR outpost, the Amahoro stadium. En route they encountered Rwandan soldiers who at first reassured them and said they would escort them to the stadium when a number of the group had congregated. But when a large group had gathered, soldiers and militia herded them up a hill to a ridge called Nyanza-Rebero. As they were being forced to move along by soldiers and armed civilians, a group of Ghanaian UNAMIR soldiers passed by but did not respond to their enreaties to stop. On the ridge, soldiers and militia ordered the people to sit down and they began firing and throwing grenades at them and attacking them with machetes. Most of the two thousand people were killed that afternoon, within hours of the departure of the peacekeepers. When one of the survivors of the massacre took a Human Rights Watch researcher to Nyanza-Rebero in August 1994, the ridge was still littered with skulls, bones, clothing, and belongings of the people who had been slaughtered there. Most of the flesh had been eaten from the bones by dogs or other scavengers.
Source: IGNORING GENOCIDE
I was once dumped off a talk radio show when I called up the host and suggested that the Clinton administration was more interested in the Balkans than Rwanda because it had such high expectations of white European nations and such low expectations of black African nations. LOL.
Doesnt General Romeo Dallaire mean that he and the UN bear "criminal responsibility"?
He and the UN were there and could have stopped it, but he was following orders to do nothing. The following orders defense was dismissed during the WWII Nuremberg Trials.
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