Differences between Hitler’s Germany and Rwanda of 1994
As part of comments on the article U.S. “Lawyer Wrongly Arrested in Rwanda” written in the Huffingtonpost by Heidi Boghosian on May 28, Rukundo asked the question:
On a quick google glance, I have seen that he often puts the words Rwandan Genocide in quotation marks and talks about a cover-up. Are there other examples of Erlinder’s comments that deny that there was a Genocide in Rwanda? Or what are the specifics of the charges against Erlinder?
Depending on your response to the above questions, can you then explain what would happen to someone in Germany if they did the same as what Erlinder says about Rwanda? Would s/he be arrested there for denying the Genocide? Is there a difference in the Rwandan context?
Rukundo, I would like to publicly state the following differences between Hitler’s Germany and Rwanda of 1994:
1. The Jews in Germany have never enslaved Germans and never claimed that they were superior and born to rule over the German masses.
Some extremist Tutsis in Rwanda were an aristocratic minority that enslaved the Hutu peasant majority for over 400 years all the way until 1959. When the Hutu peasants asked for democracy the extremist Tutsis responded that the Hutu masses were inferior by birth and were born to be ruled by the superior Tutsi aristocrats.
2. The Jews in Germany have never started a war attacking Germany from a foreign country.
Some extremist Tutsis in Rwanda attacked the country from Uganda on October 1st, 1990. This was more than 5 times since 1960 that the extremist Tutsis had attacked the country.
3. The Jews in Germany did not spend a 4 year war fighting to gain power and in the process killing innocent German civilians.
Some extremist Tutsis in Rwanda fought since October 1990 until April 1994 fighting to gain power and in the process displaced 1 million civilians and killed thousands others, an example being on February 8, 1993 when the Tutsi extremists in the RPF killed 40 thousand unarmed civilians in Byumba and Ruhengeri.
4. The Jews in Germany did not kill the German president, together with the Austrian president, the Chief of Army and several high-ranking officials after they had signed a peace treaty with them.
Some extremist Tutsis in Rwanda killed the Hutu President of Rwanda, the Hutu President of Burundi, the Hutu Chief of Army and several high-ranking officials after they had signed a peace treaty with them.
5. The Jews in Germany did not follow the Germans into exile in neighboring countries and kill hundreds of thousands of them in forests like hunted animals.
Some extremist Tutsis in Rwanda bombed refugee camps in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) and chased the survivors into the forests of the Congo (DRC) where they butchered hundreds of thousands of them.
Therefore, I really think it is completely wrong to compare Hitler’s Germany to 1994 Rwanda.
Rwanda Circa 1994 is No Nazi Germany