FIGHTING REVISIONISM IS A QUESTION OF MORALITY

The survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi have expressed bitter disappointment over letters written by Human Rights Watch and some scholars. The letters called upon the ICTR to indict and try members of the former Rwandese Patriotic Army (RPA) over alleged crimes before the UN court concludes business in 2010. These people are not interested in delivering justice to the Rwandan people but are motivated by some kind of vengeance. It is clear that there exists a strong anti-Rwanda lobby committed to frustrating and ultimately failing the Rwandan government. But doing such by denying the facts of the Genocide is disturbing. What is appalling is that these people have taken their campaign to revise the facts of the Genocide against the Tutsi into respectable Institutions like the United Nations.

The survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi have expressed bitter disappointment over letters written by Human Rights Watch and some scholars. The letters called upon the ICTR to indict and try members of the former Rwandese Patriotic Army (RPA) over alleged crimes before the UN court concludes business in 2010.

These people are not interested in delivering justice to the Rwandan people but are motivated by some kind of vengeance. It is clear that there exists a strong anti-Rwanda lobby committed to frustrating and ultimately failing the Rwandan government. But doing such by denying the facts of the Genocide is disturbing.

What is appalling is that these people have taken their campaign to revise the facts of the Genocide against the Tutsi into respectable Institutions like the United Nations.

Revisionism is not unique to the situation of Rwanda. Even as Barack Obama visited the Holocaust memorial in Germany, he spoke about the issue of revisionism in regard to the genocide against the Jews in Europe.

This says a lot about the seriousness of the issue and how important it is to confront those who seek to re-write this sad part of our history in Rwanda.

The discipline of the RPA soldiers as they fought to stop the Genocide when many abandoned the Rwandan people is beyond dispute.

The issue of confronting and challenging the deniers of the Genocide should not be left to the survivors only. All those who abhor Genocide must speak up against the revisionists. It is a question of morality and it is beyond political differences.

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