I am reproducing here a comment that Mark Forest wrote after reading and watching CNN presenter Christine Amanpour’s interview of Paul Kagame.One of the focuses of the exchange between the journalist and the Rwandan president is when he intends to step down.
This first sentence that seems to guide Western countries policies toward Rwanda is already false:
“Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame, has been a darling of the West ever since he led his country out of the terrible 1994 genocide that left up to one million people dead.”
At the scene of a CRIME, any crime, when looking for the criminal, there are always few questions:
(1) the beneficial of the crime;
(2) the modus operandi or how the criminal operates;
(3) who are the potential victims and so on…
First, Kagame and colleagues from Tutsi minority (10% of the population) [according to the last known official statistics they were 14% in the early 1990s] wanted absolute power over Hutu majority. Without a full controlled chaos, there was no power to them.
Second, if you look carefully on how criminals operated, you will find one single trend taking you to authors of the genocide. Through the UN “Mapping Report”, there is no doubt, Rwandan army under Tutsi minority committed a genocide in DRC. Then, if you look at how the massacres were done in DRC, you compare the killings to those done early in Uganda just before Museveni came to power in 1986, you will see a common actor.
Finally, if you see similarities in these killings, you compare them to those which happened in Rwanda, you will find that Kagame and his men are mostly responsible for crimes committed in the Great Lake Region of Africa from 1980ies to now.
But, some western leaders such as Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and the UN share the responsibility. The international system tends to cover these Big Fishes and the smaller benefit from the whole situation.
Yes, Kagame is a big liar, but the international system covers his actions.
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