'Never Again' to 'Yet, Again'
I ran across an entry from a journal I kept about this time in 1994 that I oft time wish I had not kept. Some of my entries are frantic epistles about the Rwandan genocide we were all aware was becoming an absolute horror.
Most of us, deservedly, excoriated the
At a State Department briefing, spokesperson Christine Shelley is asked, "How many acts of genocide does it take to make genocide?"
"That's just not a question that I'm in a position to answer."
"Well, is it true that you have specific guidance not to use the word 'genocide' in isolation, but always to preface it with these words 'acts of'?"
"I have guidance which I try to use as best as I can. There are formulations that we are using that we are trying to be consistent in our use of. I don't have an absolute categorical prescription against something, but I have the definitions. I have phraseology which has been carefully examined and arrived at as best as we can apply to exactly the situation and the actions which have taken place ... "
She said that not in April 1994, but on
When you read the chronology of events of the Rwandan genocide, you are left with a sense of disgust and shame. Sure the West failed, but as Africans, we failed even more. Whatever the West could have done, it could not make us not want to machete our neighbors to death because of something as inconsequential as ethnicity and color of skin.
As Africans, we failed.
One of the biggest failures among us was Kofi Annan, an African, who was warned about the impending genocide on
Annan is on the second genocide of his watch. Even though the Bush administration learnt from Clinton and was early to call Darfur ‘genocide’, and although Condi Rice was dispatched to Sudan to discuss this matter (both much more than what Clinton ever did), Darfur is a reminder that we as Africans are failing Africa more than the West can possibly.
Annan chronicled his proven wretched leadership acumen in a January 2006 op-ed in the Washington Post, Darfur Descending. It reads like the mumblings of a pathetic house negro comforted by small gains and disinclined to take a firm stance lest he lose his
You want a reason why the West doesn’t care about
By August 2005, an estimated 370,000 Darfuri had died. That figure hovers at about 400,000 today. Over two million have been displaced, and three million suffer from dire food shortages—all because they have dark skin. They are being persecuted by an African nation whose hubris has been augmented by an African Union and an African head of the august United Nations.
After 400, 000 people dead, Annan has this sanguine assessment:
There were other positive signs. The U.N. Security Council had referred the situation to the International Criminal Court and had decided in principle to apply targeted sanctions to individuals who could be identified as responsible for the atrocities of the past two years.
Has decided “in principle”?? Sound familiar? I was wondering where Prime Minister Meles got that wording.
Despite a chronic funding crisis, A.U. troops in
No, they are not. The African Union went in with such limited mandate into
But Annan is floating on Cloud Nine.
On Jan. 12, the African Union decided to renew the mission's mandate until March 31, while expressing support, in principle, for a transition to a U.N. operation this year.
Shut the fuck up. Seriously. STFU!
Eric Reeves has an excellent analysis that is a must read, African Union Decision on Darfur Mission Fails ‘Rwanda Test.”
Knowing full well the consequences of leaving humanitarian personnel and vulnerable civilians without protection, the international community has nonetheless disingenuously welcomed the African Union decision to retain control of the Darfur mission---suggesting that somehow this decision represents either a triumph of tactful diplomacy or, at worst, the innocuous preservation of a status quo that couldn’t be fundamentally changed in any event.
Such dishonesty will be recorded by history as the defining moment of the
And as if he were told “insert half-assed platitude here” Annan whimpers himself to a soft landing:
Finally, and above all, much stronger pressure must be brought on all parties -- the rebels as well as the government -- to observe the cease-fire and commit themselves to the Abuja peace talks with a sense of urgency. The current delays are inexcusable; they cost lives every day. Those negotiating must be reminded of their personal responsibility.
Excuse me. 400,000 people have died. When do we start getting a little less trite?
Yes, and I do hold Kofi Annan responsible because his tenure as Secretary General of the UN has been particularly bad for
The world must deeply repent this failure.
Sure, the West can give more money, more aid, more troops. But what the West cannot do is make us not want to kill each other. We do that to ourselves with the kind of efficiency and adeptness of a well-run death factory.
I am sick of it. And I am sickened that the Ethiopian government has been using ‘genocide’ so lightly and cynically to silence its opponents. As Africans we should be enraged that the Ethiopian government has cheapened the meaning of genocide. When the Prime Minister of
If we don’t take genocide seriously, why should the rest of the world? The Prime Minister has yet to apologize for his gratuitous showboating, and has in fact repeated the charges. Yet we point the finger at DC and ho-hum what’s in our backyard.
On Sunday, April 30, thousands will march in DC to bring awareness to the situation in
Enough is enough.
Wow. Who would have thunk it. This is the 100th post on Weichegud. A warm thank you to Gooch and all the contributors who were too shy to come forward as contributors for this milestone.
Um... Happy Easter?