The investigation on the causes of the genocide in Rwanda was shut down by the UN, claims Michael Hourigan, an Australian who previously worked for the UN.

The UN shut down his investigation in 1997 when evidence started suggesting that the (Hutu) Rwandan president’s plane was shot down by order of the man who now is the (Tutsi) president of that country.

The genocide started hours after the president’s plane disappeared, and there has long been suspicion that it had been shot down by the opposition.

France has also been accused of assisting the then Hutu president in training and arming his militia, who were the ones who then starting killing their rival (Tutsi) neighbors and moderate Hutus who tried to oppose the genocide.

My African expertise does not extend to Rwanda, except to know that tribal rivalries often go back centuries, usually long before European colonial takeover.

However, there have long been suspicions that outsiders trained the militias who caused the genocide, and that outsiders supplied the missiles to the opposition that caused the crash of the president’s airplane.

An independent inquiry noted that the UN not only did not increase the number of peacekeepers despite the request of the head of the UN mission there, but that the UN Belgian peacekeepers were actually forbidden to protect civilians being massacred in their area.

These stories, like most from Africa, are often overlooked or ignored.

I find this bias appalling. Are black dead people less valuable than Americans? Or is it because an imperial UN backed by imperial European powers such as France and Belgium don’t want their acts of omissions and commission closely examined?

That is why I find it refreshing that it is the Australian foreign minister, not Condi Rice, who tells off the haughty Europeans for their anti Americanism. He points out that “”People in the West….blame America for a suicide bomber in a market in Baghdad,” he said…Every time there is an atrocity committed, it is implicitly America’s fault, so why not commit some more atrocities and put even more pressure on America?”

The ironic thing is that, for all the arguments for and against the war in Iraq, most people know that the Americans are trying to stop these atrocities, and often die doing so.

But by finger pointing at those actually trying to stop mass murder, those in Europe can ignore their own well documented failure to recognize that evil does exist, and that it is sometimes needed to stop it using war, not negotiations.LINK2

And it also allows the UN and other world powers to ignore the ongoing genocides in Africa, including the civil war in Central Africa, the starvation deaths of Zimbabwe, and of course the genocide of Dafur.


Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her webpage is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket. She also posts to the Evil Mugabe Blog, which monitors human rights violations in Zimbabwe under it’s present dictatorship.

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