A decade ago, the Tutsi people of Rwanda were attacked by Hutus and subjected to the horror of a genocide in which over 800,000 were killed. Today, according to a UN report, the government of Rwanda is providing military support to Tutsi rebels fighting in the Congo who have helped to kill over 5,000,000 and drive millions of others into exile. The report also cites evidence the government of the Congo is also helping to fuel conflict. As the UN investigating committee notes, “this is the most concrete evidence so far of direct government involvement in militias. For years, Rwanda and Congo have been dancing around the international community, saying prove it. This proves it.”
Among the horrible events discussed in the report is efforts by the government of Rwanda to recruit soldiers, including children and supply military equipment for a war that is genocidal in operation. How can people who endured a genocide just fifteen years ago, support genocide!! On the flip side, it appears the Congo government is supporting the Hutus who kill people in Congo. Who are these leaders?
About seventy years ago, Great Britain stood alone as the only nation still fighting the horror of a Nazi German triumph. There were voices in America which said assisting England would be foolish and only lead to terrible problems for America including the possibility its own citizens would wind up dead. In 2008, the British government is taking the lead to halt any intervention on the part of the European Union to provide assistance to the people of the Congo who face an enemy as blood thirsty and cruel as Nazi Germany. Britain is refusing to take part in any armed intervention to save thousands of people who face death while females fear rape. Several nations and human rights groups are urging dispatch of troops to protect innocent civilians, but the UK and Germany stand opposed.
The UN has a force of 17,000 which supposedly can do something in a country equal in size to Texas. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says thousands will die unless more troops are on the scene, but England will not act. Of course, Tony Blair was willing to send thousands of troops on a mission over nothing, but today, when real problems exist, there are few voices in the British government urging providing help.