Picture of Ba Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General, by Don’t Be Blind This Time
By Ann Garrison
“Come January 2nd 2015 I don’t think UN (MONUSCO) will dare attacking FDLR and its more than 250,000 Hutu refugees under its protection in Eastern Congo. Before August 3rd 1993, when the Arusha Agreement was signed between the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) and the Habyarimana’s Rwandan government, I had a very naive positive picture of the UN and particularly its peacekeeping missions around the world. For the last twenty one years, alongside millions of other Africans of the Great Lakes region, I have been victim of the same institution that could’ve protected our people against the systematically elaborate slaughter; I have also learnt a lot about the role of UN in serving US foreign policies. Thus going after FDLR this time would confirm in the mind of many that MONUSCO and those behind its selective actions and inactions, is only a very highly funded criminal entity aimed at preserving their regional business interests.” Ambrose Nzeyimana
On 10.07.2014, CBS aired a five minute news piece titled “Militia accused of Rwanda genocide facing onslaught,” produced with the aid of the ENOUGH Project to End Geocide and Crimes Against Humanity, a non-profit corporation sheltering under the umbrella of the Center for American Progress, the Democratic Party’s corporate funded think tank and organizing operation. The Enough Project was founded by career intelligence professional John Prendergast, who now identifies as a human rights activist, and Gayle Smith, who now serves as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of the National Security Council. Prendergast, Smith, UN Ambassador Samantha Power, and UN National Security Adviser Susan Rice are the best known proponents of a doctrine known as “Mass Atrocity Prevention,” meaning US obligation to undertake humanitarian military interventions. The Rwandan Genocide and the Holocaust are centerpieces of this military doctrine. In Presidential Study Directive 10, which created the inter-agency Mass Atrocities Review Board, President Obama wrote that, “Sixty-six years since the Holocaust and 17 years after Rwanda, the United States still lacks a comprehensive policy framework and a corresponding interagency mechanism for preventing and responding to mass atrocities and genocide.”
It is therefore not surprising that the ENOUGH Project would collaborate with CBS to promote a military “onslaught” against the “militia accused of Rwanda Genocide” without reference to the abundance of well documented books and reportage that have upended the widely held belief about the massacres that came to be known as the Rwandan Genocide. These include Surviving the Slaughter, Dying to Live; A Rwandan Family’s Five Year Flight Across the Congo, Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa, Accidental Genocide, Rwanda 1994: The Myth of the Akuza Genocide Conspiracy and Its Consequences, Enduring Lies: The Rwandan Genocide in the Propaganda System, 20 Years Later, and the recent BBC documentary “Rwanda’s Untold Story.“
The CBS report quoted a UN official, who said that, “The FDLR are here living with their wives and children. Maybe we need the Marines or special forces with special equipment to engage and neutralize them. I’m not quite sure with our blue helmet and the blue flag [of the U.N.], we can neutralize them.” US Special forces are the preferred agents of Mass Atrocities Prevention interventions, as outlined in the Mass Atrocities Prevention Military Handbook produced by the Harvard Kennedy School and the Pentagon.
So, with US Marines and/or Special Forces this close to engaging in a “military onslaught” in the heart of Africa, I decided to see what I could learn about its target, the FDLR militia. The most obvious way to start was to find out how the FDLR explain themselves, so I made inquiries until someone sent me the FDLR’s founding document, the Nasho Declaration, which follows here. I was told that FDLR leadership held a meeting in Lubumbashi, DR Congo, and produced the Nasho Declaration, which they then read on local radios and in front of media in the year 2000, though the written statement was not published until April 6, 2001, on the seventh anniversary of the assassination of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira. -Ann Garrison