The Blood is on Our Hands Essay

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The Blood is on Our Hands The two main tribes that occupy the vast land of Rwanda, Africa are the Tutsi and Hutu tribes. According to David Rieff, author of Rwanda and Genocide in the Twentieth Century, Rwanda gained its independence from France a little over forty years ago and the territory has been involved in or been on the verge of a civil war between the two tribes ever since. During most of the colonial period the Tutsis had control because of the influence of the Banzugu, the white French man. The Banzugu only occupied about one percent of the population but they obtained most of the material wealth within Rwanda. The Banzugu separated the Hutus from the Tutsis socially based on there physical features. The Tutsis were…show more content…
The other countries involved in the Arusha Accords include its chief facilitator Tanzania and the following countries represented by the United Nation, France, Belgium, the U.S., Germany, Burundi, Senegal, Uganda and Zaire. When forging the peace treaty the U.N. pledged to provide a peacekeeping force to Rwanda (Des Forges 123-124). The U.S. the U.N. and the these other governments involved should have taken a more significant role in the interference of the genocide because of the Arusha Accord, the prior warnings they received, the innocent lives they could have saved and for the future of Rwanda. Burkhalter said, “The Clinton Administration, facing what was the clearest case of genocide in 50 years, responded by downplaying the crisis diplomatically and impending effective intervention by U.N. forces to stop the killing” (44). Both the U.N. and the U.S. had an obligation to do something according to the peacekeeping policy they have with Rwanda, but instead the United States denied the severity of what was happening in Rwanda. President Bill Clinton interpreted the crisis in Rwanda as something trivial. He limited his remarks to statements in April calling for all sides to stop the violence, suggesting--wrongly--that the killings were consequence of the civil war or random tribal slaughter, rather than a calculated campaign of genocide (44). Clinton turned his cheek on the

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