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Frontline: Ghosts of Rwanda
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My only complaint about this program is that it is unmistakably USA-centric. A significant focus of the program is the shameful role of the U.S. in opposing every meaningful proposal for timely intervention or support of the meager peace keeping force on the ground in Rwanda. Though all the attention given to this aspect of the Rwandan disaster is worthwhile, there was no discussion of the responsibility of other Security Council members, especially France. The role of France is particularly deserving of analysis because of its close relationship with the regime, its role as a military adviser to the regime, and the use of its troops in Operation Turquoise to shelter the regime's retreat to refugee camps outside Rwanda once the genocide had been completed. Yet the program hardly mentions France at all, still unapologetic over its role in Rwanda. Similarly, the program skips over entirely the difficult questions surrounding the troubling lack of moral leadership of the Catholic and Anglican Churches in what had nominally been the most Christian country in Africa. The feckless response of the UN leaders in New York is not examined very closely, notwithstanding a few regretful, self-serving bromides from Kofi Anan, who was in charge of peace keeping missions at the time. There is not a single mention of UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who helped suppress any effective UN response. If time did not permit examination of all these issues, then the coverage of the American response should have been reduced to allow more focus on Kigali, New York, and Paris.Read more ›
But, the world gave Kofi a Nobel Prize for Peace, and that is the very definition of injustice. The UN/World Community/US acted shamefully.
View it along with reading Dallaire's book "Shake Hands with the Devil", as well as David Rieff's book, "A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis."
These men saved what lives they could, in spite of the rest of the world, including all of us not there, telling them not to do it, or at least, tolerating leaders who were telling them not to do it.
What is happening in Darfur today is linked to what happened in Rwanda, as well as Somalia before that. The necessity of AU Peacekeeping forces should be a slap in the face of the world community/UN. It's an acknowledgement of the failure of UN Peacekpeeing. It is Africa showing us that the UN is a joke, that Africa knows it is on its own. Look at how easily the local warlords have kept any hint of a UN 'Peacekeeping' mission out of Darfur: simply by threatening 'Jihad', by the UN's own idiotic mandate, it is precluded from entering the conflict. Of what possible use is a force that is restricted, by its own mandate, to defend only itself? Logic cries out that is best done in the parking lot at East 44th street, it is not necessary to deploy half way around the world to rudely defend only yourself in front of innocents desperately in need of defense!
The UN is the world's official fig leaf excuse for endlessly doing everything possible short of actually doing anything.Read more ›
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The PBS series "Frontline" has been known over the years for its excellent coverage of important news events. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Janet Chandler
It is appalling that these horrible events were allowed to occur , and the what is just as bad is that the rest of the world basically looked the other way when this was happening... Read morePublished 11 months ago by cheifbroom
An excellent over all story of what happened in the country and why. Very well done. I read a book about the genocide and it was nice to put faces to the names. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mike Preuss
This documentary was thorough and had excellent footage. I used this with my students for a human rights unit. Excellent results in providing them with insight.Published on December 24, 2013 by T. Osorio
Every family needs to expose their children to this. With the world that our children are being raised in now, they need to see what destruction a goverment can cause on their... Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by kaylajacobs_09
Because I have lived in Africa in several different countries, I was very aware of the problems there in Rwanda. Read morePublished on August 28, 2013 by Susan Zook
GREAT!!! Amazing documentary, it really lets you know what was going on at the time from the people who were there.Published on May 21, 2013 by Stann
This was a great video about the Rwandan Genocide. I showed it to my 10th grade World History class and they were very interested.Published on May 14, 2013 by Theodore Washington