May 21, 2005

Hotel Rwanda

I finally got around to watching Hotel Rwanda last night. I was completely blown away by this outstanding film, although it was difficult to watch. The DVD version included interviews with the person who lived through the tragedy (Paul Rusesabagina) and on whom the entire story was based.

What really got to me was that the U.N. peacekeepers on the ground were fully aware of what was going on. Despite clear evidence of genocide, the U.S. voted against intervening. It wasn't that they didn't know what was happening; they knew and chose not to act. Why? Paul Rusesabagina suggests that part of the decision was based on our recent experience in Somalia.

This happened in 1994 during the Clinton years, before we became "a Christian nation." It couldn't possibly happen now, could it?

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