What Cause, And The Assassination Of The Rwandan Genocide

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Genocide. What defines it? It is defined as a mass killing among a race, religion, or any targeted group of people. Now, if we look back we will see that there are plenty of situations involving genocide. It dates back all the way to World War II.

The beginning of genocide. Right after WWII and the Holocaust era, The term Genocide was coined to the incident. 5,933,900 Jews were killed across multiple European countries between 1943 and 1944. Hitler was the leader behind most of it. When he ran for the leader of Germany, he promoted himself as if he would make a change, and make the country a better place to live. This of course was his way of getting a good reputation, as everyone wanted him to be the leader. Little was known that
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What took place this day was the Assassination of President Juvenal Habyarimana (Hutu President), and A few other members of their entourage. There are many reasons to why it may have happened but there are some really valid ones. “Habyarimana himself was pressed to implement the power-sharing Arusha Accord his government had concluded with the rebel Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) in August 1993, which capped three years of war, cease-fires and negotiations. To do so, however, would mean the effective end of his 20-year, one-party rule over Rwandan politics and society. Extremists in the military and government bitterly opposed the accord; they are the likely culprits in his assassination”2 This quote explains that the extremists were not in support of his full 20-year sentence, so they ended it forcefully. Other reasons could be that Tutsi just genuinely hated the Hutu, so they murdered the president them selves. In fact, a judge has blamed current Rwandan president (old Tutsi leader) for the rocket attack. And that, was that start of the Genocide. As the slaying of the Hutu began, militia in Rwanda put out roadblocks. Within 8 hours, 8000 Hutu were slaughtered. Was initiative taken to help yet? No, they were not. The U.N was only “secretly” calling it a genocide because they were too afraid to openly say the word, for feel of having to get involved with it. As for the French, they apparently did not think …show more content…
The word genocide has been avoided due to inaction, but was used privately among U.S Officials. “In the US, President Bill Clinton and US Ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright repeatedly refused to take action.[25] US government documents declassified in 2004 indicate the Clinton administration knew Rwanda was being engulfed by genocide in April 1994, but buried the information to justify its inaction.”4( Role of the international community in the Rwandan Genocide en.wikipedia.org). This quote directly shows that during the genocide, president Bill Clinton chose to do nothing during the Rwandan Genocide. It’s sickening in its own way, but it had its reasoning. According to this article. “The administration did not want to repeat the fiasco of US intervention in Somalia, where US troops became sucked into fighting. It also felt the US had no interests in Rwanda, a small central African country with no minerals or strategic value.”

In conclusion, The United States did nothing at all to help the Rwandans during the Rwandan genocide. The French along side Canada had helped the most, but the U.S was ordered not to help, or consider it genocide for fear of getting involved. Regardless, we had the people and the resources but, no

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