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Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2005


    The story of a failed UN mission that was poorly supplied and poorly armed with indifferent and poorly motivated third world soldiers, and... poorly led. It could have done more only with an inspired commander which the author shows abundantly he is not. Professional soldiers reading this book must be aghast at his command decisions. The author makes a mistake in thinking that the USA or Canada or Nato could have done anything to help him. Hypocritical types who decry Western inaction are the very ones who would never consent to send themselves or their children into harms way in some African hellhole. Even the third world soldiers had governments requiring basically no casualties. There is no will in the West to take casualties in this kind of endeavor... as exemplified totally by a General who refused to fight at all. The General should have acknowledged this in his book. An organically impotent man should not say that his partner isn't pretty enough when he can't perform. Hypocrisy! A more interesting approach would have been to use this sordid experience as a springboard to discussion of modern 'unionized' miltaries, like Canada's and whether any government should expend blood and treasure when its vital interests are not threatened. Macchiavelli and Hobbes would have predicted rightly that no one would care, and no one did. What's the surprise?

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