The Rwandan Genocide: why it happened and what came of this tragedy The Rwandan genocide was a horrible event that took the lives of hundreds of thousands and plunged Rwanda into a terrible internal conflict from which that nation has yet to recover. The question that is often posed when looking at Rwanda is a fundamental one which can really be broken into two parts: why did the rest of the world fail to do something about the tragedy? Why did the United States stand down when its intervention was sorely needed? The answer appears to lie in the fact that the US was being guided by a realist paradigm that made it plain that it would be ill-advised to engage in a war in Africa so soon after Somalia when American interests were not directly...The end:
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