LargeScale Genocide That Took Place in Rwanda in 1994

The Clinton Administration was not about intervening in any foreign event. America, however, was not the only country to stand by and watch what would end with the savage deaths of a million Rwandan, Tutsi, men, women, and children, most of whom were hacked to death by their fellow citizens, Hutu, rebel insurgents.
This paper looks at the genocide in Rwanda in an effort to understand why intervention in the genocide did not happen. Certainly, under the 1948 Geneva Convention the United States, and other countries, including France, England, and even Rwanda’s former colonizer, Belgium, had the ability and, under the circumstances, the authority to intervene in the mass murders. As pressure continued to be applied on the Clinton Administration, and while thousands more Tutsi Rwandans were fleeing the country, Clinton Administration, Secretary of State, Warren Christopher, finally acknowledged the genocide saying, “If there is any particular magic in calling it genocide, I have no hesitancy in saying that (Peterson, Scott, 2000, 297).” Then why the hesitancy intervening in the genocide as the United States and other countries pledged they would at the 1948 Geneva Convention? That is the question that will be attempted here.
There is a tendency in the modern world for people to respond to world conflict by saying, “We should go to the United Nations.” As if the United Nations has the answers to world conflict, peace, starvation, and AIDS/HIV. In the past decade, much has been revealed about the United Nations, and many people tend to ignore that there was an Oil For Food scandal that implicated high ranking officials as using the program to enrich themselves, or their relatives, to the detriment of the intended sanctions against Iraq and the brutal dictator, Saddam Hussein. So it comes as no surprise that&nbsp.when Rwanda was calling for help in 1994, when no one responded, one of the harshest critics of the lack of response was a man on the front lines in Rwanda, Romeo Dallaire, who was Commander of UN Forces in Rwanda in 1994.&nbsp.&nbsp.