Saturday, January 14, 2006

Shake Hands With the Devil

I'm just about at the end of Shake Hands With the Devil, Romeo Dallaire's book about the Rwandan genocide. It is moving, terrifying and frustrating all at once.

Now, what I find absolutely absurd is that Dallaire and his Chapter 6 peacekeeping mission (chapter 6 being a standard peacekeeping mission, where the mandate is usually not to use deadly force unless fired upon, or, as in UNAMIR's case, to prevent humanatarian atrocities) ended up having to monitor the Rwandan rebel army (who won the civil war) and the French (in country on a chapter 7 peacekeeping mission, which is a peace enforcement mission, a la Somalia).

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