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...tion and to assert power for themselves in times of chaos. Straus argues that the hardliners who controlled the state are mainly responsible for the genocide because they were the ones who declared war against the Tutsis minority, this is a point the author makes sure to emphasize so that readers are clear of the many factors that drove out the genocide.
During these times of crisis, Rwanda was also internationally abandoned. Perhaps international action would have ended or interrupted the hardliners advocacy of killing the Tutsis. After the president’s death, the hardliners installed a new government and even attacked international peacekeepers, which caused international withdrawal from Rwanda. And no one attempted to stop the genocide after because it was difficult to enter the country without risking death so the killing persisted and wiped out many civilians.
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