Rwanadans want an apology from France

The self-righteous French have more than a few skeletons in their national closet. One of the biggest is probable French complicity in the 1994 genocidal massacre in Rwanda.

For years now, Rwandan authorities have suggested that France and the French military were complicit in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. More recently, French investigative Judge Jean-Louis Bruguière has "counter-attacked," accusing Rwanda President Paul Kagame of having ordered the April 1994 attack that took the life of his predecessor Juvénal Habyarimana. In an interview with French daily Le Figaro, translated by World Politics Watch , Kagame responds to the French charges. Here an excerpt:

The judge accuses you of having ordered the attack and of having had it carried out by FPR fighters.

Let me say it with emphasis and in capital letters: We never did that. Never. But this answer is not enough. I am going to pursue the matter a bit and play devil's advocate. Let me pose an odd question: Suppose we did do it? Let us suppose that. So what? Habyarimana was a dictator. Why are France and the judge so concerned about the fate of a dictator and so little concerned about the fate of millions of dead? ...The judge is trying to obscure what was done by the French government. He is trying to say that the assassination of Habyarimana was the cause of the genocide, whereas everyone knows that already months before the death of Habyarimana French military personnel were training the militias and the killers who would carry out the genocide. The United Nations has reports on this. There are witnesses. There are documents on training camps where people learned how to kill Tutsi. Did the French do this in anticipation of the FPR shooting down Habyarimana's plane much later? It makes no sense.

Why would the French government be behind Judge Bruguière?

To cover up its own guilt. It supported Habyarimana. It is implicated in the training of the militias. It participated in the oppression of the people of this country. We have photos of French soldiers assaulting people in the street, both Hutu and Tutsi. What did they come here for? What business was it of theirs whether people are Hutu or Tutsi?

Hat tip: John Rosenthal of Transatlantic Intelligencer  
The self-righteous French have more than a few skeletons in their national closet. One of the biggest is probable French complicity in the 1994 genocidal massacre in Rwanda.

For years now, Rwandan authorities have suggested that France and the French military were complicit in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. More recently, French investigative Judge Jean-Louis Bruguière has "counter-attacked," accusing Rwanda President Paul Kagame of having ordered the April 1994 attack that took the life of his predecessor Juvénal Habyarimana. In an interview with French daily Le Figaro, translated by World Politics Watch , Kagame responds to the French charges. Here an excerpt:

The judge accuses you of having ordered the attack and of having had it carried out by FPR fighters.

Let me say it with emphasis and in capital letters: We never did that. Never. But this answer is not enough. I am going to pursue the matter a bit and play devil's advocate. Let me pose an odd question: Suppose we did do it? Let us suppose that. So what? Habyarimana was a dictator. Why are France and the judge so concerned about the fate of a dictator and so little concerned about the fate of millions of dead? ...The judge is trying to obscure what was done by the French government. He is trying to say that the assassination of Habyarimana was the cause of the genocide, whereas everyone knows that already months before the death of Habyarimana French military personnel were training the militias and the killers who would carry out the genocide. The United Nations has reports on this. There are witnesses. There are documents on training camps where people learned how to kill Tutsi. Did the French do this in anticipation of the FPR shooting down Habyarimana's plane much later? It makes no sense.

Why would the French government be behind Judge Bruguière?

To cover up its own guilt. It supported Habyarimana. It is implicated in the training of the militias. It participated in the oppression of the people of this country. We have photos of French soldiers assaulting people in the street, both Hutu and Tutsi. What did they come here for? What business was it of theirs whether people are Hutu or Tutsi?

Hat tip: John Rosenthal of Transatlantic Intelligencer