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Thu May 12, 2016, 01:36 AM

"Be careful Ö Genocide finding could commit U.S.G. to actually 'do something.'"

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/7/refusing_to_call_it_genocide_documents


"Declassified U.S. documents show the Clinton administration refused to label the 1994 mass killings in Rwanda as a genocide. One State Department document read: "Be careful Ö Genocide finding could commit U.S.G. to actually 'do something.'" At a press briefing in 1994, Reuters correspondent Alan Elsner asked: "How many acts of genocide does it take to make genocide?" State Department spokesperson Christine Shelley responded, "Alan, thatís just not a question that Iím in a position to answer." Samantha Power, who is now the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, described the U.S. inaction in her 2001 article, "Bystanders to Genocide." She wrote, "The United States did much more than fail to send troops. It led a successful effort to remove most of the UN peacekeepers who were already in Rwanda. It aggressively worked to block the subsequent authorization of UN reinforcements." We speak to Emily Willard of the National Security Archive, and University of Wisconsin, Madison, Professor Scott Straus, author of "The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda."

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Thu May 12, 2016, 02:13 AM

1. Ironically, in the 2000 campaign, W praised Clinton's staying out of Rwanda

and Gore said he would have sent troops.

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Thu May 12, 2016, 03:00 AM

2. It was a rape of nanjing situation...

Go in and keep the groups apart long enough to rescue noncombatants and take them to some other country

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