Posts Tagged ‘Washington’

WASHINGTON (Xinhua) — U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday that such mass atrocities and genocides as those happening 17 years ago in Rwanda must never happen again. (more…)

By James F. Miskel, July 4, 1997

The horror that has in recent months re-engulfed the region along the Rwanda-Burundi-Zaire (RBZ) border ought to be an icy splash in the face of advocates of early warning systems for humanitarian emergencies. Why? Because even though the idea of an early warning system seems to have been widely accepted as conceptually sound, early warning data about the RBZ crisis has been largely ignored. (more…)

When the terrorists bombed the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, the United States pulled together to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in memory of the thousands who died on September 11th. Networks pulled regularly scheduled programs to air benefits aiding the families of lost firefighters and other victims. Countries all over the world sent symbols of their support and sympathy. (more…)

By Jim Lobe–Inter Press Service–April 12, 2004

According to newly declassified documents released by the independent National Security Archive (NSA), President Bill Clinton’s somewhat indirect 1998 apology to Rwandans over Washington’s failure to act to stop the mass killings until it was too late was at best disingenuous, and more likely a deliberate distortion of what he knew and when he knew it. (more…)

Reuters April 14, 2004

Reuters correspondent Alan Elsner recalls how the U.S. State Department chose semantics over action as slaughter engulfed Rwanda in 1994. (more…)

Alison L. Des Forges and Alan J. Kuperman — Published in May/June 2000 issue of the Foreign Affairs

ALAS, WE KNEW

Alan J. Kuperman plays word games when he asserts that President Clinton could not have known of the “attempted genocide” of Tutsi in Rwanda until April 20, 1994 — two weeks into the slaughter — because the press, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and the U.N. did not call it a genocide (“Rwanda in Retrospect,” January/February 2000). (more…)