The Rwandan Genocide Essay

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The Rwandan Genocide

History has a funny way of repeating itself. After World War II, the United States and the rest of the international community promised to do all they could to prevent future genocides. However this was a promise they were unable to keep. In 1994 when Rwanda went through genocide the United States and U.N were absent, leaving the Tutsis to be brutally murdered by the Hutus. As a consequence 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed and dumped into mass graves. Once again the United States and U.N promised to do more, but this time it was too late.
Before the genocide, Rwanda existed as a country the size of Vermont with a population of 8 million. Rwanda was controlled by Belgium, who gained control of the
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Now Tutsi victims had to deal with the threat of being killed by their friends, coworkers or even relatives. Many Hutu men and women had to make the decision whether or not to stay with their Tutsi spouse and be killed or flee .
The United States' reactions towards the genocide in Rwanda showed that they did not uphold their promise to help prevent future genocides. The United States made it clear that they would only get involved militarily, if there was a zero percent risk of confrontation. An example of this is the PDD-25, signed by President Clinton on May 3, 1994, or Clinton's Presidential Decision Directive that aimed to limit United States military involvement in international peacekeeping operations. Another example of the United States being unwilling to act is when the U.S argued about the cost of the U.N's request to provide 50 armored personnel carriers. Lastly, Clinton urged all of his representatives to avoid using the word "genocide" when describing the crisis in Rwanda. Many of his representatives got around the word by claiming that "in Rwanda acts of genocide are being committed, however there is no genocide."
Unfortunately, the international response to the genocide in Rwanda was very similar to the United States. On April 14th, 1994, Belgium withdrew from the UNAMIR and the U.N Security Council voted unanimously to cut the UNAMIR troops from 2,500 to just 270. Also on April 28th, 1994, the U.N Security

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