The Unz Review:ㅤAmerican Pravda: Samantha Power, R2P, and the Politics of Genocide, by Ron Unz

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The Unz Review:ㅤAmerican Pravda: Samantha Power, R2P, and the Politics of Genocide, by Ron Unz

25-03-24 04:00:00,

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Earlier this month I published a long article on the notorious 1994 genocide in Rwanda, explaining that the actual facts may have been very different than what I’d always assumed.

As reported by the Western media, Hutu extremists assassinated the country’s moderate Hutu president by shooting his plane out of the sky and then immediately unleashed a campaign of mass slaughter against Rwanda’s Tutsis, seeking to completely exterminate that 15% minority population. Inflamed by genocidal radio broadcasts, Hutu mobs often armed merely with simple machetes soon killed many hundreds of thousands of Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

That rampage was only halted by the military victory of a rebel Tutsi army led by the heroic Paul Kagame, who then reunified his ethnically-divided country and has very successfully governed it for the last thirty years, becoming the exemplar of a new generation of enlightened African rulers. Meanwhile, the horrified world established an international tribunal to prosecute the Hutu leaders of that African genocide, who had fled the country after their defeat.

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This shocking story was very widely covered in our media at the time, and has been reinforced over the decades by numerous books and articles, even becoming the subject of Hotel Rwanda, a successful, Oscar-nominated Hollywood film. Much of the most important early reporting on the Tutsi genocide and its aftermath came from journalist Philip Gourevitch,

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