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Monday, April 05, 2004

Failure 

BBC reports:

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has accused the international community of deliberately failing to prevent the genocide in the country 10 years ago.

Speaking at the opening of a conference on the killings in the Rwandan capital Kigali, Mr Kagame condemned the worldwide inaction at the time.

He also questioned whether countries would act differently now.
That's an excellent question. Why don't we ask the people of Darfur?

The top United Nations official for humanitarian affairs says Arab militias in Western Sudan's Darfur region are conducting an ethnic cleansing campaign to drive out the black population and U.N. officials have witnessed the attacks. The U.N. official urged the Security Council to pay greater attention to the crisis.
Granted, this is "ethnic cleansing" a la Bosnia, and not genocide like in Rwanda. But reports of murders, gang rapes, large scale destruction of villages, and a massive population displacement--750,000 people by one count--are no small matter. The methods and the scale of the ethnic cleansing are much the same as those used in Bosnia and Kosovo. And yet the international response in the Balkans was quite robust, if a little slow in coming. Why is this being allowed to happen, when it the Balkans the perpetrators were subjected to western military power? (While the U.N. sat on its hands, I might add.)
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