The Genocide Of The Rwandan Genocide Essay

1831 Words Mar 16th, 2016 8 Pages
The world’s reaction to the Rwandan genocide in 1994 is widely considered as one of the biggest failures of humanity and the UN, hundreds of thousands of innocent lives were lost over the course of the 100 day mass killing. The response has been described as” too little, too late” as an earlier intervention could have saved many more lives, which brings the question why did the world wait? Why did we fail all of these innocent people? The answer lies within the structure of our world’s political system and the different ideals and definitions of key concepts by different states. While no one state can be blamed completely for the lack of aid, the Rwandan genocide brought forward the need for a more comprehensive action plan for intervention when gross atrocities against humanity are being carried out. The global community failed in responding to the genocide due to various factors including statist and realist ideals, no country willingly will sacrifice troops and treasure for the lives of strangers without political advantage to be gained. In addition the lack of communication and information provided to the UN and the advice of then head of peacekeeping, Kofi Annan, who was considered to be “overly passive” in his reaction to the genocide and rallying troops for aid. With earlier intervention this horrific event could have been stopped short, or even prevented therefore creating precedent in how we should react in the future to crimes against humanity despite state…

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