Wednesday, March 19, 2014

20th Anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide

April 7th, 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide, a conflict between Hutus and Tutsis.  The world leaders stood by helplessly and watched as between 500,000 and 1 million people were killed from early April through the middle of July, 1994. U.N. peacekeeping troops did not have the authority to step in to end the tribal conflict, but helped to evacuate foreign visitors to Rwanda. The conflict has spilled into the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and millions of people in all have died.

The anniversary of the Rwanda Genocide enables us to focus on genocides and how they devolve so that we can recognize them as they occur. The root cause must be understood, that it is more than the dictionary definition of ethnic cleansing. 

The root cause of a genocide is the game of Envy, and it comes about as someone puts another on a pedestal. Doing so, the perpetrator denies his or her own capacity. He compares everyone to his hero. It creates a sense of judgment, of black and white. The Iraq War devolved as a genocide. George W. Bush envies his father's capacity, and at the time of the preemptive strike on Iraq, denied his own capacity.

There are seven power games that people play, and government generally only play five of them. Acts of revenge bring together five of them, one of them being genocide. The Iraq War conflict actually started as an act of revenge, and started during the Gulf War with George HW Bush going to war against Saddam Hussein. That set the stage for George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair to judge Saddam Hussein as Axis of Evil, which started a global genocide as the ripples of effects continued to spread out. Their judgment drew in the Coalition of the Willing nations, who played the game of Greed for lucrative government contracts. Their involvement drew in the nations that rely on U.S. support in the War on Terror, which drew in the terrorists. The rise in terrorism justified the War on Terror.

The games function on every level. Nations are like families. On the individual level, character defamation and slander devolve the same way that the conflict in Rwanda devolved. It comes when two people have different goals, and fall back on power games and revenge to coerce the other to go along with one's plans. 

Genocides are difficult to end because the knee-jerk reaction to end a war just makes the crisis worse. They keep drawing in people until someone stands up to say, "stop." It is possible to understand how to end a genocide by looking at the conflict on the individual and organization or family level. When one individual is being judged, someone must stand up to defend the victim.

Our organization is working to introduce our Exit Strategy for Iraq, in effect, standing up to defend Saddam Hussein. On the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, U.N. weapons inspector, Hans Blix, reaffirmed that no WMD were ever found, which means that Saddam Hussein was attempting to comply with U.N. sanctions, and therefore, was innocent of the charges that were made against him.

The Track Our Progress planning for the Iraq Exit Strategy enable the end of the conflict and sets the stage for a legitimate international court system to handle disputes between nations.