The most moving part of the film for me unquestionably was when the commander of the U. N. peacekeeping force in Rwanda, Gen. Romeo Dallaire says he remains haunted by his inability to stop the killing. “Rwanda will never leave me: it’s in the pores of my body. …We saw lots of them dying, and lots of those eyes still haunt me — angry eyes, innocent eyes. They’re looking at me with my blue beret, and they’re saying, `What in the hell happened? Why am I dying here? ” The genocide in Rwanda appears to have followed a course according to Jentleson’s purposive theory which can only be fully understood in a historical context. Need essay sample on "Ghost of Rwanda" ? We will write a custom essay sample specifically for you for only $/page
But another argument is the CNN effect, and whether that plays into our politics. In fact, the CNN effect certainly has a profound effect on our public. I'm not sure it translates yet politically -- as we saw in 2000 where President Bush was saying, "We're not going to do this kind of stuff anymore." But let's suppose in the real world -- and I think this is the case -- that when you're looking at interventions, in a Kosovo, in a Rwanda or in a Sudan, or in Bosnia, wherever -- some we did, some we didn't -- you're weighing national interest and humanitarian obligation under international law, and these other reasons against each other.