|Quoting WrenchBender (Reply 1):|
I suggest reading "Shake Hands With The Devil" Lt Gen Romeo Dallaire's autobiography on the matter, he was the UN commader at the time of the genocide.
Just finished this book 4 days ago.
It was fantastic. Its unbelieveable how optimistic they remained, that the international community would come together and maybe care about Rwanda. They did not end up coming together for Rwanda, as is evidenced by the murder of over 800000 Rwandans.
The real blame lies in the hands of the genocidaires, but naturally the hands of those that looked on and did nothing are not bloodless either. For instance, after the genocide started, LGen Dallaire gets a call from an NCO (i think it was an NCO) at the Pentagon, who states 80,000 Rwandans must die to justify 1 US soldier. The Belgians pull out after only 10 of their soldiers were killed, leaving UNAMIR, previously seriously undermanned, weaker than ever. They cannot fulfill the daily calls for help, they cant take or protect the airport fully, they can do hardly anything. The problem was, the UN would not mandate UNAMIR 2, which was to become a chapter 7 intervention force, until fully 1 month after the genocide started, and UNAMIR 2 was never fully outfitted as promised in the mandate. UNAMIR was a chapter 6 peacekeeping force - they were to negotiate and not really use force at all. UNAMIR was to intervene and use force if necessary to stop the genocide.
In the end of it all, the rich western nations that could have done something did nothing or acted too late. Nations like Banglades, that did put in troops, ordered their troops to ignore the UN command and take orders from Bangladeshi command, and did not properly outfit or train them. Some contingents, like the Ghanaians and the Tunisians, performed excellent, however these were small contingents.
The last 3 lines from that book are my MSN
signature. Here is the last paragraph. It has inspired me, to say the least. There is no doubt in my mind that this book has opened my eyes and changed my world view.
"As soldiers we have been used to moving mountains to protect our own sovereignty or risks to our way of life. In the future we must be prepared to mive beyone national self-interest to spend our resources and spill our blood for humanity. We have lived through centuries of enlightenment, reason, revolution, industrialization, and glabalization. No matter how idealistic this aim sounds, this new century must become the century of humanity, when we as human beings rise above race, creed, colour, religion and natioanl self-interest and put the good of huimanity above the good of our own tribe. For the sake of the children and of our future. Peux ce que veux. Allons'y."
"Peux ce que veux. Allons'y." means "Where there is a will there is a way. Let's go."
Id be more than happy to answer any more questions, or give you any more detail.