Sunday, February 28, 2010

Guns and Races

The protestations of the holohoaxers notwithstanding, genocides tend to acquire consistent, even predictable, features, especially as time passes and victim lobbies get the chance to organize, develop an official story, and recruit spokesmen and publicists to transmit their story effectively to groups controlling economic and military power.

The 1994 mass killings in Rwanda, perhaps the largest such incident to occur since World War II outside China, have attained the age of 16 as of this year, and we are called upon to remember it, along with all other such incidents that occurred outside territory that is still controlled by the perpetrating government.

In this article [sorry - one has to have a subscription in order to view the entire article. I won't be able to blog WSJ articles anymore if I can't figure out how to make them available to all through a link like this] in the Wall Street Journal, we discover that, in a brutal conflict between two tribes of black Africans, a mysterious gang of murderous white men exercised a pivotal role in the carnage. It is surmised in the article that they are advance agents of a French peace-keeping force that wasn't dispatched to the area in question until a month after the incident. One conspiracy theory competes against another, but we most emphatically do not always have the freedom to choose among them.

The show (and it is a show) is replete with the files of survivors, all rendering a notably consistent account of the atrocities. The choreography is familiar, even conspicuous, to attentive students of stories concerning the Holocaust.

Genocides need a demon recognizable to citizens of rich, industrialized countries, preferably a demon whose identity can make those citizens feel guilty themselves in some way. Those were German, these are French - both serve quite admirably.

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