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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire: Never again, again [movie note]

The main reason to commemorate atrocities is to guilt-trip us into preventing future crimes. You should see Shake Hands with the Devil because Roméo Dallaire, commander of the UN mission to Rwanda during the massacres, is a credible witness, albeit one who's necessarily implicated. His remembrances as, ten years on, he revisits the sites of the tragedies are interspersed with images of strewn limbs and of the dying.

The analysis is simplistic, representing the Hutu through their actions while not examining the context, and blaming the West for not giving a shit about nonwhites. (But why was the response to the December tsunami, which had aid agencies explaining they had raised enough money, so much more impassioned?) There's a trump, though, in a Belgian politician who holds Dallaire for the deaths of ten of his nation's soldiers, oblivious to the hundreds of thousands of Tutsis who lost their lives. Not giving a shit about Africans is ingrained into Western culture. To oppose this, click on some of the links on the top right.


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