Wednesday, March 31, 2004

US/Rwanda: the "g" word

Remember the verbal gymnastics US administration spokespeople performed trying to avoid using that "g" word -- genocide -- while it was happening, saying there was no proof and whatnot. Well, newly declassified documents show "they" knew it was genocide.
It [National Security Archive] discovered that the CIA's national intelligence daily [briefing] .... dated April 23, said rebels would continue fighting to "stop the genocide which ... is spreading south".

Three days later the state department's intelligence briefing for former secretary of state Warren Christopher and other officials noted "genocide and partition" and reported declarations of a "final solution to eliminate all Tutsis".

However, the administration did not publicly use the word genocide until May 25 and even then diluted its impact by saying "acts of genocide".
Visit the National Security Archive's page on the Rwanda papers.