Other countries followed US lead in refusing to aid
The UN did not have authorization to intervene, prevent, or take sides.
Colonel Luc Marchal:
“ I didn’t know much of the Rwandan language. But they taught me that the word UNAMIR means that your lips are moving but you aren’t saying anything. After a few weeks, the extremists knew we had no power.” (UNAMIR also stands for United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda).
Somalia’s implications for Rwanda: A Fearful UN
Mogadishu line: Where peace keeping slips into peace enforcement.
“ The UN was getting out of the war business”, trying to relearn the peacekeeper boundaries.
“ We were cautious in interpreting our mandate and giving guidance because we did not want a repetition of Somalia.” Iqbal Riza. “The Triumph of Evil.” Frontline . 2008. PBS. 29 Mar. 2009
As said in the words of philosopher Max Weber, “It is immensely moving when a mature man-no matter whether old or young in years – is aware of a responsibility with heart and soul. He then acts by following an ethic of responsibility and somewhat reaches a point where he says, “Here I stand; I can do no other.”