Essay on The Causes And Consequences Of The Rwandan Genocide

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In “Of Studies”, Francis Bacon explores the benefits and consequences associated with studies and to what degree they should be used. He claims that “histories make men wise”, which in the context of the Rwandan genocide, seems to mean learning and making an effort to understand the tragedies that occurred there (Bacon 10). To study the historical implications of an event so widely interpreted has the potential to challenge existing opinions about global society and the implications of such a mass killing. However, if studies are necessary to make informed decisions, as asserted by Bacon’s statement that leadership “come[s] best from those that are learned”, then to properly judge the happenings of the Rwandan genocide we must contemplate it completely (9). Especially considering the outside perspective of most observers, it is more pertinent to question how we differ from those involved in the genocide. Thus, while the concept of killing carries a seemingly universal moral weight in society, the Rwandan Genocide exhibits how easily “ordinary people” can be coerced into an act of violence through manipulation and obedience, uniting witnesses and international observers under a common human condition.
For Gourevitch, the exposure to the gore in Rwanda reveals a feeling of obligation to handle the genocide respectfully. He worries over the correct response, using evidence from his experience, from the death and gore he witnesses to the interviews of survivors, to explore the…

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