Empty Days

Thursday, April 08, 2004



Nobody ever learn lessons - until it's too late - and even then

CBC special report on commemorative ceremonies of the 1994 genocide in Kigali, Rwanda. The president - former leader of the Tootsie liberation army that effectively stopped the genocide and also slaughtered and chased into exile a huge lot of Hutus - flatly accused France of arming and supporting the Hutu militias that perpetrated the killings. The French delegate proceded to leave "earlier than expected".

The only foreign head-of-state present was the Belgian PM. Of course - the Belgians had the largest contingent of troops on the ground and chose to leave, and asked the americans to leave too - so as not to look like total cowards. The canadian general Romeo Dallaire chose to stay against UN orders - in command of and with accord of blue-berets from Ghana. So it's not like Canada had any of its own troops in all of this. Perhaps if we did Dallaire too would have had to pull out.

The reason the Belgian PM was present is because Belgium came to regret their decision to a grave degree - and, as R. Dallaire once remarked, Belgium is the only western country that really learned a lesson from this genocide in Rwanda.

That's probably true. Because right after this report the news anchor spoke about Sudan - how Kofi Anan is appealing to the goddam international community to act on Sudan now because the situation there is nearing on yet another genocide comparable to the one in Rwanda. But this news took about 5 seconds and had no pictures: which means that there are *no* reporters in Sudan right now. Or if there are (which I strongly doubt), for some reason their reports are not getting on tv.

Does this remind you of something? Oh yeah - that's why we never bothered about Rwanda, remember?





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