Accession Number : ADA372355
Title : Preventing Genocide: How the Early Use of Force Might Have Succeeded in Rwanda.
Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
Personal Author(s) : Feil, Scott R
Report Date : Apr 1998
Pagination or Media Count : 70
Abstract : THE EXPERIENCE IN Rwanda was a watershed for the international community, the United Nations, the contributors to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda, and, least of all, myself. However, no one noticed that it was a watershed at the time. It was seen as too difficult and not of sufficient interest and value to prevent the outbreak of violence, and once violence had broken out, it still was not of sufficient interest to warrant the expense of resources and risk of more casualties to stop the violence from spreading. While others remained focused on the world's other crises, the people of Rwanda were forgotten. It was not really until the international community noticed tens of thousands of refugees in eastern Zaire, with thousands dying daily of cholera, that they felt truly compelled to act. This three-month delay cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent Rwandans, and countless scars and disfigurements for those who lived through the horrors. Like the crisis at the time, the need for a response mechanism and the consequences of not looking for solutions are guaranteeing the recurrence of other humanitarian catastrophes now and into the future.
Descriptors : *CRISIS MANAGEMENT , *COMMUNITIES , *MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , *CONFLICT , *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS , *MILITARY PSYCHOLOGY , *EMOTIONS , FOREIGN POLICY , GLOBAL , EMERGENCIES , RISK , COSTS , RESPONSE , MISSIONS , CASUALTIES , RESOURCES , WATERSHEDS , UNITED NATIONS , DAILY OCCURRENCE , CHOLERA , REFUGEES , HUMANITIES , SCARS , RWANDA
Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
Military Forces and Organizations
Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE