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Rwanda Crisis Could Expose U.S. Role in Congo Genocide

by Glen Ford.


Genocidaire Kagame
Kagame’s mentors and funders… must be held equally accountable.

Left writers have been reporting for years that U.S. allies Rwanda and Uganda bear primary responsibility for the deaths of as many as six million Congolese. Now a leaked United Nations report has confirmed that Rwanda’s crimes in Congo may rise to the level of genocide, since President Paul Kagame’s forces killed Hutu elderly, children and women without regard to nationality. Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s “mentors and funders in the U.S. government…must be held equally accountable.”

Millions died while Washington’s allies occupied and looted the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo.”

A leaked United Nations report documenting Rwandan atrocities that “could be classified as crimes of genocide” in the eastern Congo has created a political crisis that threatens to disrupt Washington’s plans to dominate the continent. Rwanda’s minority Tutsi regime – a close American client that acts as a mercenary for U.S. interests in Africa, along with Uganda – threatens to withdraw its soldiers from United Nations “peace-keeping” missions if the report is not suppressed. The UN missions in Chad, Haiti, Liberia and Sudan are actually extensions of United States foreign policy, just as Ugandan and Burundian troops prop up the U.S.-backed “government” in Somalia under the guise of “African Union” forces.

The Rwanda crisis threatens to reveal the United States’ role as enabler in the deaths of as many as six million people while Washington’s allies occupied and looted the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo. At stake is not only the reputation of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, an alumnus of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, but the larger American strategy for militarization of Africa and exploitation of her riches.

The 545-page report details crimes committed in Congo by the Rwandan military and its allies between March, 1993, and June, 2003, and reinforces long-standing charges that Kagame’s forces were also aggressors and mass murderers during the Rwandan mass killings of 1994. When Kagame’s Tutsi rebels – previously based in Uganda – gained control of Rwanda after 100 days of fighting and ethnic cleansing, they pursued more than a million Hutu refugees into neighboring Congo. There, they hunted down and killed untold thousands of old men, women and children in 600 documented incidents that are, at the least, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The report’s authors clearly believe the Tutsis engaged in outright genocide – the purposeful eradication of a people – since Kagame’s men made no distinction between Rwandan Hutu refugees and Congolese Hutus; they killed them all. Congolese Tutsis and kinsmen from Burundi joined Kagame’s Rwandan Tutsis in the mass murder – confirming the racial or ethnic nature of the slaughter.

Kagame’s men made no distinction between Rwandan Hutu refugees and Congolese Hutus; they killed them all.”

The Tutsi Rwandan military stayed in eastern Congo to exploit the rare minerals of the region, employing slave labor and selling the booty to multinational corporations. They were joined by the Ugandan military, who also set themselves up as soldier/entrepreneurs on Congolese soil. The Rwandans and Ugandans remain in the region, uniformed African gangsters in league with Euro-American corporations in a killing ground that has swallowed up possibly six million Congolese. Some estimate Congolese “excess deaths” in areas controlled by Rwanda, alone, at three and a half million. Their blood and stolen heritage has made Kigali, the Rwandan capital, a bustling beacon of capitalist enterprise – a “free market” success story.

Carnage on such a scale could not have occurred were it not for the connivance of the United States, which has nurtured Kagame at every juncture. After training him for major operational command, the U.S. funded Kagame’s rebels through its Ugandan client, President Yoweri Museveni. When Kagame’s rebels invaded Rwanda, some of them still dressed in Ugandan uniforms, the Americans dismissed the Hutu president’s complaints. When the plane carrying the Hutu president and his Burundian counterpart was shot down by a missile – almost certainly by Kagame’s men – and mass killing broke out, the US. forced the United Nations to withdraw from the country – a move that could only have been of advantage to Kagame’s well-trained and armed forces, which quickly conquered all of Rwanda. When United Nations reports showed Kagame was killing 10,000 Hutus a month inside Rwanda, even after the opposition had collapsed or fled, the United States halted an investigation. Then Kagame’s men swarmed into Congo, and the larger genocide began.

Carnage on such a scale could not have occurred were it not for the connivance of the United States, which has nurtured Kagame at every juncture.”

The leaked UN report cannot be put back in the bottle. Kagame, who labels all critics “genocidaires” or apologists for genocide, is exposed as “the greatest mass killer on the face of the earth, today,” as described by Edward S. Herman, co-author of The Politics of Genocide. Kagame’s mentors and funders in the U.S. government, who aided and abetted his genocide in Congo, must be held equally accountable – if not more so, since United States corporations derive the greatest benefit from Congo’s blood minerals, and the U.S. military gains the most advantage from Rwandan and Ugandan services as mercenaries at America’s beck and call in Africa.

It would be great if Kagame pitched a pathological fit and made good on his threat to withdraw his soldiers from Haiti, Chad, Liberia and Sudan. But that would seriously inconvenience the United States, whose interests the UN “peacekeeping” missions serve. Kagame has no problem killing Hutus by the millions in Congo, but he will not dare upset the superpower to which he owes his bloody career.

Glen Ford is BAR executive editor. He can be contacted at

[Black Agenda Report]


1 Gigi { 09.02.10 at 4:41 am }

“Rwanda Crisis” what crisis? the crisis is more in your heads than it is in Rwanda. The media and anti Rwanda cerusaders operating out of the country cannot dream of a crisis and imagine it happening. Say what you want, Rwanda moves on. We faced a real crisis in 1994 and after and we cannot be cowed by mere words. We are a resilient people who can overcome more than just words, leave alone mere words

2 I. Nsengiyumva { 09.02.10 at 4:41 am }

i hope that those who were championing the case against France for supporting a genocidal government will do the same with regard to the role of the the US and the UK in proping up a government that committed crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of genocide. The contrary could be construed to be racism: that hutu refugees and congolese people do not matter.
Every life is sacred irrespective of the ethnicity of the killer or of the victim.

3 Gigi { 09.02.10 at 4:54 am }

Nsengiyumva, this is merely your wish because in relaity, this does not add up at all. 1. The US did not train Rwandan militias, 2. the US did not send troops to fight alongside Rwandan forces
3. The US did not send helicopters to aid Rwanda troops (if you think they did, provide evidence) 4. Rwanda’s intention was to wrestle free innocent civilians from the army and militias who were holding them so they could return home – and millions did. Those who were armed were engaged accordingly. French’s role in the genocide has been laid bare but so far, nothing has been done about it. It would be stupid to turn to the UK and US and point fingers at them yet all they did wrong was support Rwandans in their development endeavors

4 manyamuala { 09.03.10 at 6:52 am }

Stop regurgitating words fed to you by the EU-US Public Relations firms whose interests you and your mentors Paul Kagame, James Kabarebe and his nephew Joseph Kabila have sworn to uphold while mowing down unarmed poor Africans by the millions!

Before running your mouth without thinking about the implications of what you are spitting out, can you explain how Kagame was able to finance the 1994 take over of Rwanda in a matter of 100 days leaving almost 1 million Rwandans dead? While your PR firms are helping you figure out the answer, can you also explain how he (Kagame) was able to proceed on to DRC (in less than two years) and maintain Rwandan forces there for 16 years? Where does he get his financing?
A 10-year adventure in Afghanistan brought down the Soviet Union because it could not cope with the cost of its war adventures in that country. The war on terror has also taken its financial toll on the EU and US economies!
If Kagame is such a world class economic genius, may be he should head the economic advisory boards of these countries (EU and USA), advising them how to conduct cost effective wars without leaving their citizens bankrupt! With close to 10 million unarmed Africans dead at the hands of Paul Kagame, I do not believe they will take that bait because they are in charge of financing his murderous proxy adventures and do think Africans are human beings whose lives are worth protecting! That includes you and Paul Kagame. Kagame is merely a useful tool for their looting interests in the Great lake Region. He will be treated exactly like Charles Taylor, Idi Amin or Mobutu as soon as he exhausts his usefulness! Remember, Kagame’s western “investors” do not have friends; they only have interests (natural resources in Congo and Sub Saharan Africa). Kagame has given them the camouflage for looting these resources. His hands are bloody!
Gigi, why did Kagame sabotaged the 1993 Arusha Accord opting to go on a murderous rampage instead? Or are you even aware of the 1993 Arusha Acoord for Rwanda? I do not believe your Public Relations firms would want you to understand that!

5 I. Nsengiyumva { 09.06.10 at 7:45 am }

I would like to add to the points made by manyamuala by refering Gigi to the follong link and to read the article.
Dear Gigi please read the article and invite others to read it. Gigi let me know what you think of the article.
Thanks in advance.

6 Vincent Harris { 09.11.10 at 10:06 am }

Gigi:”1. The US did not train Rwandan militias, ” , this statement is factual incorrect. The US trained RPF soldiers under IMET training programs before and during the invasion of the DRC in 1996.
Gigi: “French’s role in the genocide has been laid bare”, really? Have French soldiers been convicted of genocide at the ICTR? No.
Concerning point 3, where does it say anything about helicopters in the article you commenting on?

Concerning the rest of point 4, the report says something else. Why should we believe the statement of the Rwandan regime? Give me one good reason?

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