November 03, 2006

Nov. 3, 2006: Persistent problems

Hizbollah rebuilds its military force under nose of UN, By Michael Hirst, Last Updated: 2:42am GMT 31/10/2006,

[....] He said cables and telecommunications equipment had been installed and the number of trucks delivering aid and supplies made it easy to disguise weapons smuggling.

[....] "They have a security network of hundreds of motorcycles, linked up by walkie-talkies. Wherever outsiders move in the south they are followed. You don't see guns, but Hizbollah knows exactly where you are." On the crater-lined streets of Bint Jbeil, there was evidence of substantial reconstruction and young men on motorcycles, but it was impossible to discern whether any were Hizbollah fighters.

Another resident said: "Hizbollah is everywhere. But after the war the fighters put away their guns and uniforms and went back to being school teachers, engineers, farmers and business people." [....]

The UN, Rwanda, genocide, Belgium and Major General Romeo Dallaire

Now, he is Senator Dallaire.

Belgium’s war crime: Dereliction of duty allowed 1994 Rwanda genocide , Frank Warner, April 07, 2004 in Current Affairs.

The former premier and parliament of Belgium share responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity in allowing the 1994 genocide that took the lives of 800,000 Tutsis in Rwanda.

But a decade later, the Belgians, who often seem too eager to file charges against Americans who liberate whole populations from genocidal tyrants, have yet to bring to justice the Belgians who knowingly delivered Rwanda to 100 days of blood and horror.

Jean-Luc Dehaene, who was prime minister in 1994, and all other elected Belgian officials who held office that year knew of the Hutu plans for the mass slaughter. They also had the power to stop it, and they turned the other way.

[....] In January 1994, three months before the killings, Major General Romeo Dallaire, the Canadian commander of the U.N. peacekeepers in Rwanda, informed the Belgian government that the Hutus were preparing for a large-scale slaughter of Tutsis. Despite repeated warnings, the Belgians refused to provide or request further assistance.

[....] General Dallaire, commander of the UNAMIR force, later said he could have halted the killing in the first days with only 5,000 troops. But instead of sending him reinforcements to confront the killers, the Belgians wanted all peacekeepers to go. [....]

SEE ALSO: David Corn and Rwanda: The “Left” again insists on U.S. unilateralism (“Clinton Lied…and Hundreds of Thousands Died”).


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