Friday, January 07, 2005

"Oh Mass-Death. I Remember That"

Quote of the year from Kofi Annan as he was flown over Indonesia, "Where are the people?"

You'd think Annan would have gotten used to the vacant silence of mass-death and piles of human corpses from his complicity in the 1994 Rwandan massacre.

Maj. Gen. Romeo Dallaire, head of a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Rwanda, urgently pleaded with Mr. Annan to intervene before the killings began, because Mr. Dallaire knew of the preparations for the genocide. Mr. Annan refused to act, or to say anything publicly.

This appalling complicity in the horrors that followed has been documented in a book, "We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories From Rwanda" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998), by Philip Gourevitch.

Just a little reminder, as horrible as the tsunami has been the current death toll is less than one fourth of the number of dead from the Rwanadan massacre. And roughly one half the number killed in Darfur.

If Kofi Annan, the leader and career-long employee of the premire humanitarian and diplomatic organization in the world had never seen such devistation then he needs to get out more. Or just plain get out.


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