So many things should have happened at a time like this. There were so many opportunities for the UN, a global peacekeeping body that was created for this very purpose, to stop genocides and to uphold the promise 'never again'. But as we know that 'promise' was almost mean to be broken by global nations again, as it was. It is as if the U.S., along with everyone else in the world decided to repeat what it did in WWII and turn their backs on purpose. One of the easier things we could have done was jamn the radio. The French had such a good opportunity and they didn't seize it. Moments like this I do not understand. I understand how the people of their nations and not the radio was prioritized but when they had the chance they had no reason not go for it.
The UN peacekeeping forces should have listened to orders because that is how the military operates. But their orders should have been different. The order as to not try to escalate the violence seems to make sense to me and I understand the U.S.'s hesitation especially after Somalia, to try and avoid military troop interaction. They definitely could have limited the flow of weapons because they does not have to get involved specifically with the people who are doing the killings. They also could have used the abundance of their resources to protect the Rwandan citizens while they could. It would not have been too hard for them because they had guns and more advanced resources and technology that could have been put to use.
The soldiers of the UNAMIR forces must have so much trouble living with themselves after leaving people to die so easily. People they had worked closely with and people that were very dedicated to the other nation's organizations. I could not fathom leaving a friend who I had worked alongside with for years just knowing that they along with their children, family and everyone they loved would soon be hacked to death and I had the power to stop it but did nothing. This order frustrates me because it shows the continued white superiority and mindset of the Western and European world that they were so concerned with their citizens (as they should be), but they had the resources they didn't use them to save more lives, just because they were not white and they weren't citizens. The thing is they are all humans, just the same and this was proven when they died not so quickly by the machetes.
I am most disappointed by the actions here by the U.S. government to really avoid the use of the word because of how much they didn't want to act. "As they had done in Bosnia, American officials again shunned the g-word. They were afraid that using it would have obliged the United States to act under the terms of the 1948 genocide convention." S. Powers. This just makes me disgusted because we tried so hard to not do anything, and were willing to play the game of not having to legally or feel obligated to do something. And while they were playing the avoidance game people were dying.
The issue of the machete is one I would not know very well how to fix, due to the fact that so many people had them because they used them for farming. I was so shocked and disgusted when I first learned how people were hacked to death with machetes. This type of death makes me wish they were all shot, as they themselves also wished. Because to hack someone to death...I could never imagine being able to live with myself after witnessing or committing the crime. I don't think I would ever sleep again. I am so frustrated also by the fact that the U.N. forces had guns and could have easily stopped some of the killing with their more advanced ways of killing. As mentioned by others in their post and in class guns would win if a knife fight anytime, and the soldiers luckily for them had an abundance of guns, unlucky for those who watched them walk away to their safety as they awaited their painful death.