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By Alan J. Kuperman

In 1994 genocide in Rwanda claimed the lives of a minimum of 500,000 Tutsi—some three-quarters in their population—while UN peacekeepers have been withdrawn and the remainder of the realm stood apart. Ever on account that, it's been argued small army intervention can have avoided lots of the killing. within the Limits of Humanitarian Intervention, Alan J. Kuperman exposes such traditional knowledge as myth.

Combining exceptional analyses of the genocide's development and the logistical obstacles of humanitarian army intervention, Kuperman reaches a startling end: no matter if Western leaders had ordered an intervention once they turned conscious of a national genocide in Rwanda, the intervention forces might have arrived too past due to avoid wasting greater than 1 / 4 of the 500,000 Tutsi finally killed. Serving as a cautionary message concerning the limits of humanitarian intervention, the book's concluding chapters tackle classes for the future.

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For several days, this produced a stand-off. Tutsi living conditions were deteriorating and supplies dwindling, but the Hutu generally were unwilling to risk casualties by attacking. 6 Though these forces were few in number at each site, they were armed with rifles, grenades, and machine guns, which tilted the balance of forces. 7 Those Tutsi not *chap01-03 5/15/01  11:04 AM Page 16     killed or wounded by the initial fusillade often attempted to flee, whereupon they usually were cut down by gunfire or surrounded and killed by the mob.

S. S. S. government for failing to acknowledge the genocide after evidence of it did become clear. In conclusion, it appears that the DIA did have access to proprietary intelligence that strongly suggested within the first week that large numbers of Tutsi were being targeted and killed in several areas of Rwanda. However, the key agencies in Washington—the State Department, Pentagon, NSC, and CIA— *chap04-05 5/15/01 11:05 AM Page 37      either failed to absorb this information or explicitly rejected it as unreliable and thus did not become aware of the genocide until further evidence emerged on or after April 20.

Within 48 to 72 hours, the DIA intercepted replies from some local officials indicating that they had accomplished their assigned missions. Simultaneously, satellite photos confirmed the existence of several specific massacre sites inside and outside Kigali. ) Further confirmation was provided by the Tutsi rebels, who were coming across massacre sites as they advanced south and east; the senior DIA *chap04-05 5/15/01 11:05 AM Page 33      analyst was in daily communication with the rebel leadership.

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