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Today is looking the other way

25 years Ago, two missiles met in a plane. In the machine, the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi were sitting. Her death marks the beginning of the genocide in Rwanda, as the Hutu militias in the blood of massacred noise more than half a Million Tutsi.

The genocide was perpetrated with machetes and guns. Neighbors fought against neighbors, families against families. The genocide was only through the state-organized dehumanization of the Tutsi minority, were read, for example, in the Radio destruction lists.

The West and the whole world community to decide, this is all more or less idly to happen. This was also due to different interests of the permanent members of the UN security Council. In Rwanda, the Conscience of the UN and its member States failed. One of the most disastrous error of the decision of the security Council in October 1993, to send a small peacekeeping mission to Rwanda. She was not Mature suitable feeder.

The USA were not ready for another Intervention in Africa.

reports of continuing human rights violations in Rwanda found in the security Council hardly heard. The international community, hiding behind euphemisms: The US government avoided the term genocide, and said, prefer to of "Chaos". Only a year earlier had been killed in a humanitarian Mission in Somalia, 18 U.S. soldiers. Images of their desecrated corpses were to see in the world. The USA were not ready for another Intervention in Africa. France provided the Rwandan military weapons and soldiers. In 2010, the then French President Nicolas Sarkozy, acknowledged the error of his country.

Would respond to the UN's different today? The answer is not encouraging. Western governments have paid tribute to the grueling missions in Afghanistan, in Iraq or in Libya, tribute, and of a number of smoldering conflicts, long kept out, such as in the Central African Republic, where Muslim rebels and Christian militias at war, or in Syria. The voters in the country will thank you. Out there in the world will continue to die.

In Rwanda, Tutsi and Hutu lives, Survivors and former killers, today side-by-side. Nevertheless, Rwanda remains the big question mark behind the new doctrine of the West not to interfere. Symbol for the failure of the world community, the warning of the canadian major-General Roméo Dallaire, commander of the assistance mission in Rwanda. In January 1994, almost three months before the beginning of the genocide – he sent a telegram to the UN. In it, he urged his superiors to Act. Unfortunately, there was no will. 25 years later, has changed little.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 05.04.2019, at 19:29

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