Posts Tagged ‘America’

By Andrew Stobo Sniderman

If machetes (rise and) fall in Africa and no American voters are listening, do American politicians care? No, says history. “If every member of the House and Senate had received one hundred letters from people back home saying we have to do something about Rwanda,” a senator explained in 1994 after the United States stood by while 800,000 people were butchered in three months, “then I think the response would have been different.” No one wrote, and popular silence abetted official indifference. (more…)

By Chaim Kaufmann

The moral poverty of foreign policy is, along with war itself, one of the most enduring and intractable problems in international relations. In recent years, the conventional wisdom on international moral action has been that it requires a cosmopolitan consensus, a shared understanding of the dignity and equal worth of every human being. (more…)

By Shelly Barclay

The definition of genocide, as described by the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide: In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with the intent to destroy in whole, or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such (a) Killing members of the group; (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; (e) Forcible transferring children of the group to another group. (more…)

By Alex de Waal–African Rights, 1994

The last three years have seen humanitarian organizations calling for military intervention in Bosnia, Somalia, Rwanda and elsewhere. Both relief agencies and human rights organizations have vocally implored the United Nations, or individual Western countries, to dispatch troops to strife-torn nations facing humanitarian disaster. (more…)

Susan Rice learns a lesson.

By JAMES TARANTO and By Spencer Ackerman NOVEMBER 14, 2008

In April 2007, as the United States was enmeshed in two wars, a Brookings Institution scholar and Clinton-era State Dept. official testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in favor of taking military action as a last resort to stop the genocide in Darfur. (more…)

By Alexandre Kimenyi

From July 20 to August 9, 1994 I traveled all over Rwanda to gather first hand information on the horror of genocide which took place there from April 7 after the April 6 mysterious plane crash that killed the former dictator of Rwanda, (more…)

By: Mary Braid

Wednesday, 3 March 1999

THE HUTU rebels’ trademark is death by machete. Five years ago the same murderous militiamen were raping, hacking and bludgeoning their way across Rwanda, at the vanguard of the genocide in which at least 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus died. (more…)