In our last article, we referred to what Rusesabagina portends to be "A response to Hotel Rwanda or the Tutsi Genocide as seen by Hollywood by Alfred Ndahiro and Privat Rutazibwa". We would like today to enlighten the public on how the ten-page response is out of point and indeed further exposes the man’s characteristic negotionism and inconsistencies.
To begin with, Rusesabagina pretentiously titles his document, as the response to a book written about his falsely constructed hero-portrait, out of the blue "Exposing the Pact between President Kagame, some Genocide Suspects, Some Genocide Survivors, and Two Supposed Humanitarian Groups against Paul Rusesabagina, An Ordinary man". One is really mesmerized by such an amalgamation of one who stopped the genocide frenzy, those who were carrying it out, its survivors and humanitarian groups, all gathering together to form a "pact" against the Ordinary man in the name of Paul Rusesabagina. Was it not for the incongruity of such grouping or to be more precise, the impossibility of the leadership to even dream about having to seek an alliance with a genocide convict, one would feel pity for the poor ordinary man. Only one who does not know Paul Rusesabagina’s manipulative talents and distortions of facts, will wonder what his real intentions are.
And indeed, in this first sentence of his discourse, Rusesabagina betrays his real intentions which are quite far from responding to a book he claims is nothing but a recycled and egregious lies to smear him. Instead of going strait to the book to unravel those so-called lies, he cannot help but only immediately deep himself into the too much rehearsed negationist/revisionist propaganda.
When asked by RNA what he thought of Rusesabagina’s response to their book, one of the authors, Privat Rurazibwa had this to say: "I have just read the April 6th ten-page response of Paul Rusesabagina to our book; Hotel Rwanda or the Tutsi Genocide as seen by Hollywood. My general comment is that the so-called response does not at all address or refute any of the issues and challenges put to him by the book. It instead engages in violent attacks against President Paul Kagame and more than thirty individuals and civil society organizations in Rwanda and abroad, most of whom have no relationship with our book whatsoever. It is just amazing". On the very serious issues raised by the book, including among others how, contrary to Rusesabagina’s claims, he charged the refugees for their stay in the hotel against standing instructions of the hotel owners, he disconnected all communication that the refugees were using to call for help, he dined and wined with the genocidaires and shared common interests with them, how he had very strong ties with the architects of the Tutsi Genocide, including General Augustin Bizimungu, how about credible testimonies and a document from the Habyarimana Central Intelligence Services proving that he secretly revealed names and lists of some refugees to the RTLM hate-radio and to the genocidal army high command….No, Rusesabagina won’t even refer to these events, although understandably so to us and indeed our readers because all this is so factual that he can never dare open a Pandora box for himself.
On the contrary, true to his real self he vomits his usual diatribe: "…President Kagame has unabashedly used the 1994 genocide as a political instrument, manipulatively playing to the deeply hurt feelings and emotions of genocide survivors, with the only goal of winning their sympathy to his smear campaign…" Does Rusesabagina really want us to believe this, a man who still subscribes to the PARMEHUTU and Hutu Power principal of « Hutu political supremacy » or exclusiveness to power and citizenship; he dismisses the current political settlement of unity and reconciliation in Rwanda and describes Hutus in high-ranking political positions as « Hutus de service » (or Hutus for hire). A position closely related to the infamous pre-1994 ten commandments of the Bahutu which stigmatized Hutus who were friends, associates or spouses of the Batutsi as traitors to the cause of Hutu Power. A man who tries to justify the 1994 Tutsi Genocide in these terms: "« … who took machetes first? … All those refugees who surrounded Kigali, who had been angry for four years, who had lost their family members, killed by the RPA rebels; they started revenging on everyone? »" this is the usual talk of the negationists/revisionists, who always endeavor to change history but worst of all as is the case with the 1994 Tutsi genocide, turn the perpetrators into victims and the victims into perpetrators.
This is the very propaganda displayed around the world by all negationists/revisionists trying to exonerate genocide perpetrators by criminalizing those who against all odds, put it to an end. It is indeed shameful that in the 21st Century and following the 20th Century which hosted the worst crime in human kind, such people do still have audience in the international arena where they continue poisoning unsuspecting minds. The good thing though, each time Rusesabagina tries to cover up his lies and live up to his Hollywood created fame, he cannot help but expose himself further, revealing his true agenda in the hope that the publicity surrounding him could make him the official spokesperson of the Rwandan opposition. Rwandans have however said; Never Again and we hope all the good people around the Globe identify with this call and deny the platform to those that hide in humanitarianism or human rights while plotting a completion of their cherished apocalypse.