Wednesday, March 10, 2004

I Knew It!

I've never liked Paul Kagame, and I've never understood why people were so willing to give him a pass when it seemed obvious that what his regime was about was preserving Tutsi domination of Rwanda. As it turns out, the French police have just released a report directly accusing Kagame of initiating the successful attack on President Juvenal Habyarimana's plane that triggered the Rwandan massacre of 1994.

A French newspaper says an official report has blamed Rwandan President Paul Kagame for a rocket attack that triggered the genocide 10 years ago.
Le Monde says French police have concluded that Mr Kagame gave direct orders for the rocket attack on then President Juvenal Habyarimana's plane.
Mr Kagame was head of the rebel Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) at the time.

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The newspaper says the report was based on interviews with hundreds of witnesses, including one man who allegedly belonged to the assassination squad.
It says that according to the report, the aircraft was downed on the clear instructions of Mr Kagame, who was then in charge of the mainly-Tutsi RPF.
Mr Habyarimana's death in the crash led to the genocide of Tutsis, which only ended when Mr Kagame took power in Rwanda.

Kagame had to have been aware that the assassination of Habyarimana would unleash a bloodbath, the main victims of which would be the Tutsis on whose behalf he was supposed to have been fighting. So much for the notion of Kagame as some sort of reconciler of Hutsi and Tutsi; the man is just another power-hungry character willing to step over any number of dead bodies to attain his goals.