Conspiracy to Murder is the story of how the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi was planned. It reveals how, from as early as 1990, the political, military and administrative leadership of Rwanda became involved in planning the complete extermination of the Tutsi population.
A vicious hate campaign filled the media, urging Hutus to kill; a network of roadblocks was devised to prevent any escape; civil-defense groups were established throughout the country, with eventually every third Hutu being armed; half a million machetes and other agricultural tools were imported, and 85 tons of munitions were distributed country-wide, in the year leading up to the genocide.
In an outstanding example of investigative journalism, Linda Melvern reveals the full story behind the conspiracy, detailing the involvement of western governments whose responses ranged from complicity to apathy.
She shows how the killers outmaneuvered the Security Council and led UN peacekeepers into a steady trap; how the French military trained the killers and how their ‘humanitarian intervention’ in June 1994 enabled many of those killers to escape justice; how the John Major government ignored warnings and then proceeded to mislead the British Parliament about what was really happening; and how significant was the knowledge of then Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali.
This book gives a detailed insight into the shenanigans that allowed the Genocide to happen. The book will present to you a brilliant investigation into the tragedy for which the ‘international community’ was itself responsible. With testimony from witnesses and access to documents previously unseen, Melvern tells an epic and shaming story of blameworthiness and missed opportunities that cost over a million innocent lives.