The Rwanda genocide: there's more to the story. (From Readers).While I can certainly appreciate the underlying conditions of population pressure and environmental degradation behind human conflict in the Great Lakes region The Great Lakes region can refer to:
For instance, the missile that shot down the plane carrying Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana and Burundi President Cyprien Ntaryamira in 1994 was of Iraqi origin, captured by U.S. forces during the Gulf War and then supplied by a covert Pentagon contractor to Rwandan strongman Paul Kagame. Kagame ordered the assassination of the two leaders because they were on the brink of brokering a multiethnic peace agreement that would have stood in the way of his own climb to power--and his subsequent ability to siphon off kickbacks from Western corporate mining interests. Testimony to this effect before the UN War Crimes prosecutor, Louise Arbour, in 1997 was suppressed until leaked to the international community in a March 1, 2000 expose by journalist Steven Edward in the Canadian National Post.
Kagame received his military education under the Pentagon's Joint Combined Exchange Training A program conducted overseas to fulfill US forces training requirements and at the same time exchange the sharing of skills between US forces and host nation counterparts. Training activities are designed to improve US and host nation capabilities. Also called JCET. (JCET JCET Joint Combined Exchange Training
JCET Joint Council on Educational Television
JCET Joint Center for Earth System Technology (University of Maryland, Baltimore County/Goddard Space Flight Center) ) at the Command and General Staff College The Command and General Staff College (C&GSC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas is a United States Army facility that functions as a graduate school for U.S. military leaders. It was originally established in 1881 as a school for infantry and cavalry. of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, beginning in 1990. His sidekick, Lt. Col. Frank Rusagara, got his JCET schooling at the U.S. Naval Academy in Monterey, California. Both were dispatched to Rwanda in time to oversee the RPF's takeover in 1994. Far from being an innocent bystander, the Washington Post revealed on July 12, 1998 that the United States not only gave Kagame $75 million in military assistance, but also sent Green Berets to train Kagame's forces (as well as their Ugandan rebel allies) in low intensity conflict (LIC LIC Low Intensity Conflict
LIC Licenciado (Spanish)
LIC Long Island City
LIC Life Insurance Corporation of India
LIC Licensed Internal Code
LIC Local Independent Charities of America
LIC Line Integral Convolution ) tactics. Pentagon subcontractor Ronco, masquerading as a de-mining company, also smuggled more weapons to RPF RPF renal plasma flow.
renal plasma flow. fighters in flagrant violation of UN sanctions. All of this U.S. largesse was put to lethal effect in the ethnic bloodbath that is still going on.
Kagame went on in 1996 to handpick hand·pick
tr.v. hand·picked, hand·pick·ing, hand·picks
1. To gather or pick by hand.
2. To select personally.
hand Laurent Kabila to lead the AFDL AFDL Small Auxiliary Floating Dry Dock (Non Self-Propelled)
AFDL Aero-Flight Dynamics Laboratory
AFDL Air Force Distance Learning rebels in their successful overthrow of Zaire's dictator, Mobuto Sese Seko-- who had been originally installed by the CIA CIA: see Central Intelligence Agency.
(1) (Confidentiality Integrity Authentication) The three important concerns with regards to information security. Encryption is used to provide confidentiality (privacy, secrecy). and propped up for years by U.S. aid. Unfortunately, Kabila proved less pliant than U.S. corporations had hoped, and he was eventually eliminated as Congo's new leader in favor of his son, Joseph Kabila. As described in Dollars and Sense (July/August 2001), unfettered extraction of natural resources--oil, diamonds, and coltan Noun 1. coltan - a valuable black mineral combining niobite and tantalite; used in cell phones and computer chips
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition (an essential strategic mineral in night vision goggles goggles,
n the protective eyewear worn by dental personnel and patients during dental procedures.
see periocular leukotrichia. , cellphones, play stations, and other high-tech gadgets)-- remains the major driving force behind U.S. geopolitical interest in the Great Lakes Region. By 1996, Kagame's RPF forces were being bankrolled to the tune of $20 million per month from U.S.-bound coltan exports. Remember Rwanda? I am reminded of who bears responsibility for the genocide every time I see an executive on a cell phone.
JOHN E. PECK
Association of Concerned African Scholars
Editor's note: While this account is presented as matter-of-fact, our impression is that some of it is still a matter of contention. For example, Paul Kagame, who is now president of Rwanda, recently sued a Paris-based African journalist, Charles Onana, for defamation after Onana's recently published book, Les Secrets Du Genocide Rwandais-- Enquete Sur Les Mysteries D'un President, stated that Kagame is the leading suspect in the assassination of president Habyarimana. Kagame said he didn't do it. The French High Court rejected Kagame's suit. Kagame filed an appeal on July 25, 2002. Onana replied, regarding the appeal, "Kagame seeks to give the impression that he wants justice, but in fact he wants to continue to stifle the truth because he knows that Judge [Jean-Louis] Bruguiere is about to conclude his investigations on the plane crash."