Freedom on Fire: Human Rights Wars and Americas Response by John Shattuck

By John Shattuck

This e-book makes an important contribution in providing actual standards for U.S. intervention on behalf of blameless sufferers in an ongoing human rights concern. It exhibits many instruments that may be used in need of an army invasion, and units forth rational arguments for whilst an army invasion is the suitable reaction. it really is strange in that it isn't a biased ideological (liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican) ebook, yet fairly a dispassionate research according to actual adventure within the executive. A must-read for somebody drawn to powerful promoting of human rights.

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Four months earlier, on December 10, 1993, I had escorted Monique into the White House, where she had been invited to attend President Clinton’s ofªcial celebration of the forty-ªfth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As we made our way through the West Wing with Eric Schwartz, the National Security Council staff specialist for human rights, we passed my old friend 21 22 John Podesta, who was then in charge of the president’s scheduling and later became his chief of staff.

The Shadow of Somalia The story of what happened in Rwanda presents a central theme of this book—that the United States has a strategic and moral interest in preventing or responding wherever possible to the outbreak of genocide. While saving hundreds of thousands of lives may be more difªcult than saving one, there are strategies that could have been used to save Rwandans, just as Kitty Genovese could have been saved if her neighbors had responded to her cries for help. As we look back to the events leading up to April 1994, we can identify points along the way where practical and manageable forms of intervention might have made a signiªcant difference.

N. N. N. Security Council for its “hesitance in the aftermath of Somalia . . ” Above all, the report points out, “the events in Somalia were a watershed . . N. S. ”34 What Might Have Been Done On April 6, 1994, the evening after President Habyarimana’s plane was shot down, a “crisis committee” of Rwandan military leaders 37 met until midnight. The meeting was chaired by Colonel Théoneste Bagosora, a Hutu extremist and close friend of the president’s wife, Madame Agathe Habyarimana, both of whom had long been suspected of manipulating the president on behalf of their extremist agenda.

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