Friday, April 13, 2012

Every time some UN clown starts lecturing us about all our failings,

this is one of the things I remember:
It was not a tragedy that caught the world by surprise. In January 1994, Romeo Dallaire, a Canadian serving as United Nations Force Commander in Rwanda, warned his bosses about a plan fomenting for Tutsi extermination. Kofi Annan, then the director of UN peacekeeping operations, said they wouldn’t take any actions that would put the UN in the position of having to use force.

Annan would later say they chose that route because letting the involved parties know that “we are monitoring, we are going to deal with you harshly and we know what you are up to” can be “a very good deterrent.”
And EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND DEAD men, women and children later, we see how well that works.

This also speaks to one of the reasons I so despise Bill Clinton:
“It may seem strange to you here, especially the many of you who lost members of your family, but all over the world there were people like me sitting in offices, day after day after day, who did not fully appreciate the depth and the speed with which you were being engulfed by this unimaginable terror,” Clinton said.

However, documents unclassified in 2004 showed that Clinton had decided early on not to intervene and proved that the White House was receiving detailed reports almost daily of the carnage during all three months of the genocide.

The lack of intervention wasn’t due to ignorance about what was happening on the ground. Human lives were weighed by strategic value, of which the administration determined that Rwanda had none.
Yet still he runs around lecturing us about all OUR failings, how we don't 'care' enough to surrender all we hold dear in the name of the UN running things...

1 comment:

Keith said...

The Clinton stuff is news, but not surprising. All your pres. has to do is secure a second term, after that, he has no reason to serve anyone but his own future career, be that in the UN, or in some crony business.

The Canadian General who was in Rwanda, resigned the UN and I think the Canadian army too and wrote his story up, I saw a copy in Joburg airport, should have bought it!

His troops all ceremonially shredded their blue berets when they got back to Belgium