Did the assassination of President Juvenal Habyarimana influence the Rwandan genocide of 1994 more than the ongoing social and ethnic conflicts? Both the short and long term causes are studied. The genocide could have resulted from numerous built up problems or one specific event. It is clear that for hundreds of years, the Hutus and Tutsis had problems with each other. When the Europeans first settled in Rwanda, the differences between the two groups began to show.
If you think of all the terrifying things done to them they would sometimes rather be dead than alive. Could imagine being in so much agony you would wish you were dead. The perpetrators, the Serbians were making an effort to exterminate the Bosnians. They were stopped by the Bosnians who fought for their lives. This would be recognized as genocide because it shares several characteristics with genocide.
In the 1990s Habyarimana was the president of the time and belonged to the Hutu ethnic group. This group increased division between the Hutu and Tutsi groups. During this time, the Hutus blamed the whole Tutsi minority population because of the country’s social, economic and political problems. The responsibility of the Rwanda Genocide cannot be attributed on anyone without looking at the history between these two tribes; it is arguably the most unique genocide of the 20th century, only because the UN and neighbouring countries could have saved and helped many people. During the time of the genocide, the Hutu feared the minority as they remembered the past years of unfair ruling from the Tutsis.
As the world witnessed similar atrocities in the Balkans and Rwanda during the early to mid-1990s, we are again left with a truly flummoxing question: Why? There are no easy answers to questions of genocide. We can only hope to find common threads that might shed glimmers of light on the darkest corners of human activity, to try to understand what could drive people to such extreme measures. Cleary, in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia the social and political structures set the stage for the ensuing atrocities. The wake of colonialism and communism, respectively, had left these two regions unstable and vulnerable to the agendas of extremist politicians.
There are many excuses and different stories about what happened during the Hollocaust and the Rwanda genocide. Some people were undesirable by Nazi standards because of who they were,their genetic or cultural origins, or health conditions. Others were Nazi victims because of what they did. It was the explicit aim of Hitler's regime to create a European world both dominated and populated by the "... ... middle of paper ... ...AK-47s and other automatic weapons, so all these citizens got scared and fled to the DRC. Even though people tried to stop these events they unfortunately were not abled to.
When the extermination is funded by the state it is common for the armed forces to work together with the hate groups to take part in the extermination. Sometimes this leads to groups of people killing each other for revenge thus generating a cycle of bilateral genocide. The eighth and final stage of genocide is denial. In this stage the attackers dig up the graves, and burn the victims’ bodies. The reason for this is to attempt to hide the evidence and to scare any witnesses.
One can begin to enter the Hutu mind set and see how, by killing other people, people they may have a... ... middle of paper ... ...he Hutus being to care more about the benefits than thinking of the consequences of what they were actually doing. Ultimately, Machete Season, allows the killers to speak, and within their own words, we’re able to see what could really drive one to kill and commit genocide. Narrowing the reasons for the Rwandan genocide down to economic reasons may seem overly simplistic, but through killing their neighbors and thus looting them, the Hutus are able to deal with their underlying jealousy toward the Tutsis and take what they believe is theirs and that they deserve. This idea of the Hutus committing mass genocide of the Tutsis for economic reasons, and to get ahead in life seems scary in how simple it is. In a sense, one can begin to imagine how others could be driven to do whatever it takes to get ahead in life and get what they want; even it means they have to kill.
This act prompted genocide and a century’s worth of quiet hatred suddenly erupted into massacres in the country’s capital of Kigali. Blockades would be set on roads and bands of Hutu youths with machetes and sticks would go door to door to kill Tutsi families. The United Nations could not physically intervene as they were merely monitoring the situation and were acting as peacekeepers, and not as peacemakers. Soldiers watched while civilians were brutally murdered and were unable to respond because their mandate refrained them from doing so. It was not until months after the initial killings that the United Nations finally acted and sent soldiers to protect civilians.
He did so surfing the reign of Nazis to describe the constant murder. He formed this word from the Greek word “Geno”, race, and the Latin word “Cide”, killing, this soon formed a word in everyone’s mind that represented a series of terminal images. Therefore, I believe Raphael Lemkin created a word that best suited the horrific events that were occurring, His determination in naming this unknown terror that was claiming millions of lives, allotted for an understanding of the gravity of the situation. Now we] can grasp this term in new context in a large region of Sudan called Darfur . Although Darfur has a history of violence and suffering, this genocide is the main cause of death and war that is destroying Darfur .
Syria’s conflict is an important to talk about because the problem came out from a civil war unlike most genocide like problems coming from wars. The mass killing in Syria should not be considered genocide. Before the government started to wipe out the Sunni, Syria started a civil war. This sparked the reason for the government to start killing the Sunni. They are killing the Sunni because the government believes that the Sunni are going to take over the Assad Family, which would result in the termination of the Alawite rule (Simon 1).