Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Rwandan accusations 

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has been accused of masterminding the downing of President Juvenal Habyarimana's plane in 1994. The attack on the plane and the death of Habyarimana triggered the Tutsi genocide at the hands of the Hutu majority, in which an estimated 800,000 people were killed.

A French newspaper says an official report has blamed Rwandan President Paul Kagame for a rocket attack that triggered the genocide 10 years ago.

Le Monde says French police have concluded that Mr Kagame gave direct orders for the rocket attack on then President Juvenal Habyarimana's plane.
Does that ever smell fishy. First off, France has every reason to point the finger away from itself and the Hutu Power genocidaires it armed and supported. France will naturally try to blame the "other side" for setting off the genocide, because otherwise France itself is deeply guilty of what happened. Secondly, the virulently anti-Tutsi radio station RTLM foretold violence in Kigali just a couple of days before Habyarimana's plane was shot down, while the similarly violent newspaper Kangura had predicted that "Habyarimana will die in March," missing the mark by less than a week. Each of those media outlets screamed for death to the Tutsis before and after the shootdown. Paul Kagame is a Tutsi, and was the leader of the main Tutsi militia at the time of the genocide. While he would have had a good reason for wanting Habyarimana dead, he would hardly have tipped off the Hutu Power media beforehand.

The second story about Rwanda today is about the trial of singer Simon Bikindi, who has been charged with six counts of genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Bikindi denies the charges.

If half of his indictment (pdf) is true, he doesn't have a leg to stand on.
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