General Roméo Dallaire - by Daniel Almeida

Topics: Rwandan Genocide, Rwanda, Hutu Pages: 4 (1693 words) Published: February 22, 2012
General Roméo Dallaire
‘General Romeo Dallaire must bear most of the responsibility for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.’ This statement may have many different views towards it but in my opinion, I would have to disagree. There are a few points on why I believe General Romeo Dallaire shouldn’t be blamed for the genocide. The Rwandan Genocide was an awful event that really started on 1994; it was basically a civil war. Before 1994, there was a buildup of tension in between two ethnic groups (the Hutu's and the Tutsis), but on April 6th, of 1994, president Habyarimana's plane was shot down by who could of been either x or it could of also been x. The death of President Habyarimana (who was a Hutu himself), was the 'spark' of the Genocide (the war between the Hutu’s and the Tutsi’s), which led to the death of 800,000 to 1,000,000 (from both ethnic groups) people through brutal killings and rape. General Romeo Dallaire is currently a Canadian senator, but he is also known for having worked as a General for the UNAMIR from 1993 to 1994. Dallaire’s role in Rwanda was to lead the UNAMIR, into Rwanda to try and prevent the genocide from happening or developing any further than it already had (stop it.) Many people claim that Roméo Dallaire failed to do anything against the Rwandan genocide. This could be true, but also can’t be entirely true because we have some proof that it was not Dallaire’s fault, and that the blame could be put on other people. Many people blame Dallaire for the failure of the mission because; * He did not take any actions against the radio station in Kigali (broadcasting and causing hatred in-between the two groups), and that he could of just simply sent out troops to destroy the radio station. * Blamed for the loss of 10 Belgium soldiers and did not take action when he passed by the two soldiers at Kigali The reason that General Romeo Dallaire had for not helping the two soldiers which he saw being held hostage at Kigali was because he knew...
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