Support SF BayView
Donate or Subscribe to SF Bay View
Follow Us Twitter Facebook

Critic of murderous Kagame regime in Rwanda killed in crash of Continental Flight 3407

February 16, 2009

by Wayne Madsen

The plane carrying Rwanda President Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundi President Cyprien Ntaryamira was shot down on April 6, 1994, their assassination sparking the Rwandan Genocide. - Photo: Jean Marc Boujou, AP
The plane carrying Rwanda President Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundi President Cyprien Ntaryamira was shot down on April 6, 1994, their assassination sparking the Rwandan Genocide. - Photo: Jean Marc Boujou, AP
The evening before Human Rights Watch expert on Rwanda Alison Des Forges’ critical quote on the secret deal worked out between Rwanda’s murderous U.S.-backed President Paul Kagame and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila appeared in a Washington Post article written by Stephanie McCrummen from Kigali, the Rwandan capital, Des Forges died in a the fiery crash of Continental Flight 3407, en route from Newark to Buffalo, Des Forges’ home town. Des Forges, an expert on the ethnic violence that has swept Rwanda, Burundi and the eastern DRC, was returning from a trip to Europe on Human Rights Watch business.

Also on Flight 3407 was Beverly Eckert, a 9/11 widow whose husband, Sean Rooney, died on 9/11 while in his Aon Risk Services office in the South Tower of the World Trade Center. On Dec. 19, 2003, Eckert wrote an op ed in USA Today titled “My Silence Cannot be Bought.” She rejected a pay-out offer from the 9/11 victims’ compensation fund and opted for a lawsuit to seek out answers to her many questions about 9/11.

Continental Airlines Flight 3407 crashed Thursday, Feb. 12, into a house in Clarence Center, N.Y. It dropped 800 feet in 5 seconds. – Photo: David Duprey, AP
Continental Airlines Flight 3407 crashed Thursday, Feb. 12, into a house in Clarence Center, N.Y. It dropped 800 feet in 5 seconds. – Photo: David Duprey, AP
She wrote, “I want to know why two 110-story skyscrapers collapsed in less than two hours and why escape and rescue options were so limited.” She added, “I say to Congress, big business and everyone who conspired to divert attention from government and private-sector failures: My husband’s life was priceless, and I will not let his death be meaningless. My silence cannot be bought.”

Much will be written, undoubtedly, about Beverly Eckert and her suspicions about 9/11. But it was Des Forges who had an enemy in the Kagame regime, which has, in the past, used assassinations in Rwanda and abroad as a tool to silence its critics. One such operation was planned against this editor in Tanzania.

On Dec. 3, 2008, WMR reported: “The Rwandan government, through its political and intelligence network in Washington, applied pressure on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, to reject this editor’s testimony on two different occasions about the 1994 plane shoot down [of the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi]. On a third occasion, I received word that Kagame’s intelligence team in Arusha would ensure I would “never make it” to my U.N.-arranged guest house on the way from Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Heeding the warning about Kagame’s intentions that were passed on to me by a friendly African intelligence service, I quickly cancelled my trip to Arusha. Members of Rwanda’s regime have been indicted by judges in France and Spain for murder.

Alison Des Forges, Human Rights Watch expert on Rwanda, died Thursday in the crash of Continental Airlines Flight 3407.
Alison Des Forges, Human Rights Watch expert on Rwanda, died Thursday in the crash of Continental Airlines Flight 3407.
Des Forges was quoted in the Post criticizing a deal worked out and signed in Goma, DRC, on Dec. 5, 2008, between Kagame and Kabila that permits Rwandan troops to legally enter the DRC to ostensibly clean out elements of the Rwandan Hutu militia – the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR) – operating in the country. However, the FDLR is seen by both Rwanda and the DRC as a spent force that is an internal DRC problem and not a threat to Rwanda.

In return for allowing Rwandan troops into the DRC, Rwanda “arrested” its Tutsi proxy rebel general, Gen. Laurent Nkunda, after he fled the eastern DRC into Rwanda. Nkunda was the head of the Rwandan-sponsored National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP), which replaced the former Rally for Congolese Democracy (RCD). The RCD was involved in the 1998 second invasion of the DRC by Rwanda, an invasion supported by the Clinton administration. Rwandan troops first invaded the DRC in 1996 to overthrow the then-Zairian dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.

WMR’s sources in Africa report that Nkunda is not under real arrest in Rwanda because he is not in jail. In addition, Rwanda is ignoring repeated extradition requests from the DRC for Nkunda to be returned, but it appears that these requests are merely “window dressing” attempts by Kabila’s government to show that it is interested in putting the rebel general on trial. Nkunda, a self-declared Christian preacher, is linked to a shadowy U.S.-based Pentecostal group called the “Rebels for Christ.” Nkunda is also an open admirer of George W. Bush.

Kabila, according to WMR’s African sources, is suspected of being an ethnic Burundian Tutsi who was adopted by his father and predecessor as president, Laurent D. Kabila, who was assassinated in 2001, in a plot said to have been engineered by Rwanda with the help of Angolan elements.

Des Forges questioned the Rwandan-DRC pact in her interview with the Post. She said, “Is the FDLR now suddenly on the verge of becoming more militarily powerful? I don’t think we’ve seen that … And if they haven’t, then what you have is Rwanda trotting out an old warhorse of an excuse to go in again. The question is, what is the intent?”

Des Forges obviously knew the answer. With U.S. military forces of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) now backing a joint Ugandan-DRC offensive in the northeastern DRC to wipe out the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), with hundreds of civilian casualties in the DRC and Uganda, and a secret pact worked out between Kabila and Kagame to permit Rwandan troops to occupy the eastern DRC, the target of both operations is securing the vast territory that is rich in commodities that the United States, Britain and Israel – all allies of Uganda and Rwanda – want badly. Those commodities are gold, diamonds, columbite-tantalite (coltan), platinum and natural gas.

And Des Forges’ criticism of the pact between Kagame and Kabila earned her some powerful enemies ranging from the murderous Kagame, who will not think twice about sending his agents to silence critics abroad, and international interests who want to see nothing prevent them from looting the DRC’s vast mineral and energy resources.

Eckert’s criticism of the 9/11 Commission report and her honest skepticism about the events of that day in 2001 also earned her some powerful enemies. The sudden crash of Continental Flight 3407 eliminated two spirited enemies of those who hide in the shadows of government and business around the world.

This story first appeared on WayneMadsenReport.com. Editor Wayne Madsen writes: (T)his online publication tackles the “politically incorrect” and “politically embarrassing” stories and holds government officials accountable for their actions. Contact him at wmreditor@waynemadsenreport.com.

19 thoughts on “Critic of murderous Kagame regime in Rwanda killed in crash of Continental Flight 3407

  1. Ann Garrison

    This is certainly plausible. I wonder whether they willl be any sort of investigation of what so many suspect.

    And I think it’s important to add the geostrategic mineral cobalt to the list of what U.S./Anglophone interests are so determined to control in Eastern D.R. Congo. Cobalt is essential to the functioning of the U.S. military industries themselves. Lockheed Martin could not coninue to manufacture without cobalt.

    Reply
  2. Michael

    All roads lead to Rwanda lol. This seems to be a forum for GENOCIDE DENIERS. Just insinuating the ubove allegation seems to me that you guys have been smoking from the wrong pipe.
    As for Rwanda sending it’s troops into Congo to combat the Genocidal FDLR bent on returning to Rwanda and committing another genocide, it seems to me as the most natural thing to do. I wonder what a western country would do if they were in Rwanda’s predicament?.

    Reply
  3. Michael

    Further to: when anybody affirms that FDLR is a negligible problem, obviously they havent done their home work. As a medical officer with an NGO i served in Masisi Walikali and further. Most of this areas were FDLR zones of control and they ran a very profitable syndicate that doubled in mining and the taxing of civilians. Further, they were better armed than the Congolese army. Unchecked, they will fulfill their Genocidal ambitions.

    Reply
  4. Ann Garrison

    The ideological war being fought around Kagame is intense. with Indictments of Kagame’s officers in
    Spain, indictment of Kagame in France (which really has no moral authority in the case, being the losing
    imperial power, in 1994), Florida State U giving Kagame an honorary doctorate thismonth, and starting an FSU outpost in Rwanda. And Harvard University inviting him to give the “Compton Lecture” last year.

    The collaboration of American universities in making Kagame look good is demoralizing. A Rwandan French professor, Dr. Leopold Munyakazi, at Goucher College, recently lost his job recently for criticizing Kagame, who then accused him of being a Hutu “genocidaire,” costing the professor his job. See http://digg.com/world_news/Dr_Leopold_Munyakazi_pays_the_price_for_telling_the_truth

    Reply
  5. Mbarushimana Fidele

    Kagame Paul is just a devil in central Africa. I wonder how people dare support him with his bloody hands and mean brain.He is a citizen of hell.

    Reply
  6. Michael

    The fact remains that the genocide in Rwanda happened, this is a known and documented fact. This genocide was planed by the elite of the nation; army officers, Ministers, University professors, Priests, Doctors etc. Further, this are the very people who had the means to escape after the Genocide was stopped by Kagame and the RPF. This fugitives are allover the world and it will take forever to apprehend them. So dont be surprised when this so called “respected proffesionals” have a case to answer at a local Rwandese Gachacha Court. It’s obvious they will try discredit Kagame given a chance to do so but Karma is a bitch; they’ll eventually reap what they sewed.

    Reply
  7. Annelise

    Dear “national black newspaper”,
    Wouldn’t it be more ethical:
    (1)to investigate the causes/conditions of this plane crash, and not jump to such unlikely conclusions?
    (2)to look at the accusations against Dr. Leopold Munyakazi, instead of assuming he is persecuted for criticising Kagame?
    (3)to look at the content of, and motivation for this
    “ideological war being fought around Kagame”, including in some sections of the Western press?
    (4) check on “extradition requests from the DRC for Nkunda” before stating that they are being repeatedly ignored by Rwanda?
    I see you are also insinuating that Kagame may have masterminded 9/11 as well. Why don’t you give us your facts? It is not immediately obvious that Kagame is this powerful…

    Reply
  8. pakk

    a) there are still many armed groups in the DRC, and FDLR are quite compact compared many Mayi-Mayi, including Pareco. They are generally better armed and organized than Mayi-Mayi but comparing them against FARDC is incorrect. Some FARDC units are quite well-armed, some can hardly be considered military units at all.

    b) currently FDLR have no capacity to attack Rwanda AT ALL, they have nowhere near the capabilities of RPF of 1990. Most FDLR soldiers are too young to have participated in the events of 1994. Kagame rather fears FDLR for political reasons. Thus the need for FDLR to be repatriated, not just disarmed like any other Congolese armed movement.

    c) FDLR are preoccupied with their own survival, and their forces are dispersed for that purpose, not assembled for any offensive action (www.ipisresearch.be/mapping_kivu.php).

    d) I would dare doubt that the genocide (politicide?) of 1994 was either well-documented or correctly interpreted (allan.stam.googlepages.com/Rwandaoped0405042.pdf).

    e) The ICTR investigation has shown that there is conspiciously little evidence showing planning of genocidal activities on the part of the former Rwandan Government or FAR High Command. Plz use google for more info, and bear in mind I’m not saying NOBODY was planning the genocide.

    f) 2 (two) ICTR investigators were fired for coming to a conclusion that Kagame was behind the plane shooting, so it’s not only about one ‘bad’ French judge. Again, use google.

    g) I cannot seriously comment on an assertion that every educated Hutu is a genocide accomplice. This stinks.

    h) it is my personal guess which I (honestly) cannot prove (intentions are always difficult to prove) but I am of the view that Habyarimana was murdered (by however did it) because he was the only person who could have prevented the genocide.

    i) The North Kivu (Goma area) conflict is now much more about Hunde and Tutsi than Hutu and Tutsi, much more land than etnicity. The ongoing offensive will thus do little to pacify the area. And let us hope the RDF will not attempt to pursue the Hutus into the Nande territory, the thing can really get out of control.

    Reply
  9. Michael

    This forum is full of very intelligent people who have an Knack for cherry picking information that agrees with their agenda. There is alot of books written about the jewish holocaust( a sad historical fact), if i was a holocaust denire i’m sure i can cherry pick a couple that fit my agenda but it will never change the facts of the matter,it will only betray my ignorance.
    So, to all GENOCIDE DENIRES; google away!

    Reply
  10. Albert

    The contemporary problem of the West and its media is the short memory. In the best cases 48h of memory. Beyond that, you need the rewrite and re-explain. And still, in this society that is only focused on “consumption”, it will only treat of the tipping points.
    The Tutsi Genocide, like ALL of them, was known and predicted and like in ALL of them the international community failed to do the right thing.
    It is a typical activity for Genocide deniers to mix different kind of information to send a blurred information and of course only keeping the one that serve the cause of denying.
    How can you pretend “The ICTR investigation has shown that there is conspicuously little evidence showing planning of genocidal activities on the part of the former Rwandan Government or FAR High Command”???? The whole “raison d’etre” of the ICTR is the Genocide, which means planning, implementation etc. Have you heard of RTLM or other Hate media, about “interahamwe” etc etc? One essential distinction needs to be clarified about the Tutsi Genocide, the Government pushed the WHOLE population into it. And there’s no such of a “traditional hate” between those folks. This is Western literature to justify what is can’t be justified.
    The FDLR, even though some (eventually the majority) didn’t commit the Genocide, they have been literally brainwashed to develop only hate for whatever is in Rwanda. They have been armed and trained to commit only actions of hate, violence etc. They imposed a new culture of violence and impunity. Women and children are their biggest victims.
    Rwanda, on the other hand, proved that with determination and vision, a country – a nation could stand up out of the ashes of hell. Whatever the critique any can have for Kagame…look at where Rwanda stands today. And it didn’t do it on the back of DRC. That’s the typical simplistic reality reduction. Look at where Rwanda is Today. Compare with any of its neighbors or even other countries of the region or subregion. Is it because it has this A-Typical attitude of vision and will, that some can come and just judge Rwanda without putting it in perspective??
    I do not mean to give out a blank cheque to Kagame, still give the man the credits he merits. And do so for the Rwandan population that has accepted to reinvent its own future.

    Reply
  11. Dr Bukara E

    President Kagame deserves alot of thanks from the Rwandese,Africans and the world at large.
    Kagame stopped the 1994 Genocide, brought reconciliation among Rwandese.
    Corruption is unheard of in Rwanda, he has rejuvenated the economy which had sunk terribly in 1994 genocide.
    Rwanda is the most peaceful country in the region.
    Sincerely Kagame is very right to go back to Congo flash out those interahamwe(FDRL) and stop their genocide idealogies.
    Bravo Kagame we as Rwandese we full behind u
    long live your excellency.

    Reply
  12. Albert

    Reading the comments made me forget the main purpose of the article. Absolutely cra-zy!The ultimate conspiracy theory. I am so sorry that such an article can find a publisher. I mean how many people critique Rwanda? Would you really believe that they’re all a potential target of Rwandan intelligence services. In other words after being the victims of a genocide, that same country became a terrorist organization that has its tentacles spread so far that it can even orchestrate the death of Alison des Forges in an American plane on the American territory. And someone called it interesting information? It is like any of the above “information” given by “WMR”. A mix of blurred information and a lot of so called investigation…WMR at the center of revealing the conspiracy. “An African Dictator with the support of the White House”. Woaw, just like in the good old days of the Cold War. Honestly, reality in Africa is much more complicated than that, more complex, more subtile. If you want to understand get rid of your old templates and do not treat the information this way. There are elementary rules for treatment of information. the rest is a tabloid culture, trash journalism.

    Reply
  13. Karemera R.

    Thank Albert. you are a man of critical thinking.
    To be honest there a clear conspiracy in the matters of Rwanda.to be a able to understand better you must read the history of the country. from colonialism. and get understanding of things in 1959, 1773, 1090( the root of killing in Rwanda). and 1994.

    Here is the article from a private investigator :

    Africom’s Covert War in Sudan
    by Keith Harmon Snow / March 6th, 2009
    source: http://www.dissidentvoice.org/2009/03/africoms-covert-war-in-sudan/

    I recently received a phone call from an Australian man who identified himself as an investigator for the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague, Netherlands. The investigator and his colleague had read my story, “Merchant’s of Death: Exposing Corporate Financed Holocaust in Africa,” and wanted my cooperation to provide more detailed evidence about the warlords behind the massacres at Bogoro, Congo, described briefly in my story.

    After some weeks of back and forth discussions and me revisiting notes and photos to see what I had, I sent them an e-mail at the definitive moment when they were hoping to receive a brief “dossier” about the specific case — which they said “had generated a lot of interest” at the ICC — and I shared my uncertainty about the ethics of collaborating with an “International Criminal Court” that was only indicting black Africans. I indicated my concern for the witness ‘Sandrine,’ a young girl discussed in my story who named names of commanders, dates of executions, and who herself used a machete in an ethnic massacre and was raped by militiamen. I noted that witnesses identified for the Rwandan Tribunal (ICTR) had been murdered or mysteriously disappeared, and noted my awareness of the injustice of the Tribunals for Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and the disconcerting trajectory of the ICC.

    I told them I couldn’t in good conscience help them, it seemed, until the ICC arrested some of the white-collar war criminals running loose around the world. It was the right decision, in light of the recent ICC indictments against another black man, and an Arab at that. It was a very stupid career move, some one else remarked.

    On 4 March 2009 the ICC prosecutors announced that they were at last issuing the long-threatened but first ever indictments against a sitting head of state, Omar al-Bashir, the Arab President of Sudan. Meanwhile, Somali ‘pirates’ off East Africa recently freed a Ukrainian ship with a Panamanian registration, a Ukrainian crew and flag of Belize. The freighter carried tanks, rockets and munitions destined for Darfur, and is owned by an Israeli ‘businessman’ and reputed MOSSAD operative named Vadim Alperin.

    It is difficult to make sense of the war in Darfur — especially when people see it as a one-sided “genocide” of Arabs against blacks that is being committed by the Bashir ‘regime’ — but such is the establishment propaganda. The real story is much more expansive, more complex, and it revolves around some relatively unknown but shady characters. What follows is a short and imperfect summary of some of the deeper geopolitical realities behind the struggle for Sudan.

    THE POLITICS OF WAR CRIMES

    First note that the ICC can now be viewed as a tool of hegemonic U.S. foreign policy, where the weapons deployed by the U.S. and its allies include the accusations of, and indictments for, human rights violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity. To understand this, we can ask why no white man has yet been charged with these or other offenses at the ICC, which now holds five black African “warlords” and seeks to incarcerate and bring to trial another black man, also an Arab, Omar Bashir. Why hasn’t George W. Bush been indicted? Or what about Donald Rumsfeld? Dick Cheney? Henry Kissinger? Ehud Olmert? Tony Blair? Vadim Alperin? John Bredenkamp?

    Following on the heels of the announcement that the ICC handed down seven war crimes charges against al-Bashir, a story broadcast over all the Western media system and into every American living room by day’s end, President al-Bashir ordered the expulsion of ten international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Darfur under the pretense of being purely ‘humanitarian’ organizations.

    What has not been reported anywhere in the English press is that the United States of America has just stepped up its ongoing war for control of Sudan and her resources: petroleum, copper, gold, uranium, fertile plantation lands for sugar and gum Arabic (essential to Coke, Pepsi and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream). This war has been playing out on the ground in Darfur through so-called ‘humanitarian’ NGOs, private military companies, ‘peacekeeping’ operations and covert military operations backed by the U.S. and its closest allies.

    However, the U.S. war for Sudan has always revolved around ‘humanitarian’ operations — purportedly neutral and presumably concerned only about protecting innocent human lives — that often provide cover for clandestine destabilizing activities and interventions.

    Americans need to recognize that the Administration of President Barack Obama has begun to step up the war for control of Sudan in keeping with the permanent warfare agenda of both Republicans and Democrats. The current destabilization of Sudan mirrors the illegal covert guerrilla war carried out in Rwanda — also launched and supplied from Uganda — from October 1990 to July 1994. The Rwandan Defense Forces (then called the Rwandan Patriotic Army) led by Major General Paul Kagame achieved the U.S. objective of a coup d’etat in Rwanda through that campaign, and President Kagame has been a key interlocutor in the covert warfare underway in Darfur, Sudan.

    During the Presidency of George W. Bush, the U.S. Government was involved with the intelligence apparatus of the Government of Sudan (GoS). At the same time, other U.S. political and corporate factions were pressing for a declaration of genocide against the GoS. Now, given the shift of power and the appointment of top Clinton officials formerly involved in covert operations in Rwanda, Uganda, Congo and Sudan during the Clinton years, pressure has been applied to heighten the campaign to destabilize the GoS, portrayed as a ‘terrorist’ Arab regime, but an entity operating outside the U.S.-controlled banking system. The former campaign saw overt military action with the U.S. military missile attacks against the Al-Shifa Pharmaceutical factory in Sudan (1998); this was an international war crime by the Clinton Administration and it involved officials now in power.

    The complex geopolitical struggle to control Sudan manifests through the flashpoint war for Darfur and it involves such diverse factions as the Lord’s Resistance Army, backed by Khartoum, which is also connected to the wars in the Congo and northern Uganda. Chad is involved, Eritrea and Ethiopia, Germany, the Central African Republic, Libya, France, Israel, China, Taiwan, South Africa and Rwanda. There are U.S. special forces on the ground in the frontline states of Chad, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, and the big questions are: [1] How many of the killings are being committed by U.S. proxy forces and blamed on al-Bashir and the GoS? And [2] who funds, arms and trains the rebel insurgents

    UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVASTATION

    Rebels? Insurgents? The drumbeat of western propaganda portrays the conflict as a one-sided affair: a “genocidal counter-insurgency by the GoS” — in the words of Eric Reeves — versus the good Samaritans of the ‘humanitarian’ NGO community . . . and throw in a few (non-descript) rebels.

    “Sudan ordered at least 10 humanitarian groups expelled from Darfur on Wednesday after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for the country’s president,” wrote Associated Press reporter Ellen M. Lederer. “Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the action ‘represents a serious setback to lifesaving operations in Darfur’ and urged Sudan to reverse its decision, U.N. deputy spokeswoman Marie Okabe said.”

    However, when Ban Ki-moon met with Rwandan strongman Paul Kagame recently, he never called for Kagame’s arrest, no matter the findings of two international courts of law that have issued indictments against top RPA officials. Instead Ban Ki-moon praised Kagame and called for African countries to hunt down and arrest Hutu people purportedly involved in the now specious ‘genocide’ in Rwanda in 1994.

    The non-governmental aid groups ordered out of Darfur by President al-Bashir on March 4 were Oxfam, CARE, MSF-Holland, Mercy Corps, Save the Children, the Norwegian Refugee Council, the International Rescue Committee, Action Contre la Faim, Solidarites and CHF International.

    Of course, the western media is all over the expulsion of any big ‘humanitarian’ moneymaker from Darfur — the moral outrage is so thick you can almost wipe it. The NGOs and the press that peddles their images of suffering babes complain that hundreds of thousands of innocent refugees will now be subjected to massive unassisted suffering — as opposed to the assisted suffering they previously faced — but never asks with any serious and honest zeal, why and how the displaced persons and refugees came to be displaced or homeless to begin with. Neither do they ask about all the money, intelligence sharing, deal making, and collaboration with private or governmental military agencies.

    Large ‘humanitarian’ NGOs (and ‘conservation’ NGOs) operate as de facto multinational corporations revolving around massive private profits and human suffering. In places like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Darfur these NGOs also provide infrastructure, logistical and intelligence collaboration that supports U.S. military and government agendas in the region. Most are aligned with big foundations, corporate sponsors and USAID — itself a close and long-time partner for interventions with AFRICOM and the Pentagon.

    Refugees and displaced populations are strategic tools of statecraft and foreign policy, just as ‘humanitarian’ NGOs consistently use food as a weapon and populations as human shields. The history of the U.S. covert war in South Sudan is rich with examples of the SPLA and its ‘humanitarian’ partners, especially Christian ‘charities’, committing such war crimes and crimes against humanity.1

    CARE International has received funding from Lockheed Martin Corporation, the world’s largest and most secretive producer of weapons of mass destruction, and both CARE and Save the Children are tied up with weapons and extractive industries in other ways. A peek at the board of directors of Save the Children makes it clear why the U.S. media is so devoid of truth about Darfur. Similarly, the International Rescue Committee does not work with refugees, per se, but serves as a policy and pressure group involved in funneling private profits from the west back to the west. The IRC has also been cited for involvement in military operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and it has deep ties to people like Henry Kissinger.

    The AID (read: misery) industry in Sudan was by the mid-1990s the largest so-called ‘humanitarian’ enterprise on the planet, Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS) — a form of managed inequality and a temporary and mobile economy of white privilege, adventurism and, of course, good will (sic). The misery industry shifted its focus from South Sudan to Darfur after a pseudo peace ‘treaty’ was organized to end the decades old war between the SPLA and GoS; the U.S. and Israel backed the SPLA from 1990 onward, and continue to do so at present. The result of more than 12 years of illegal U.S. covert low-intensity warfare in Sudan resulted in the creation of the independent and sovereign state of South Sudan in circa 2005 — a state dominated by Jewish and Christian faith-based interests and western multinational corporations.

    Much of the AID infrastructure in Sudan has at one time or another been used as a weapon through the use of human shields, food deliveries to refugee populations inseparable from insurgents, and shipments of weapons by ‘humanitarian’ NGOs. This is both incidental and deliberate policy. Christian ‘relief’ NGOs played a huge role in supporting the covert western insurgency in South Sudan. One notable ‘humanitarian’ NGO involved in weapons deliveries was the Norwegian People’s Aid (known affectionately in the field as the Norwegian People’s Army).

    In Darfur, Sudan, the U.S. government agenda is to win control of natural resources and leverage the Arab government into a corner and, at last, establish a more ‘friendly’ government that will suit the corporate interests of the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Israel.

    Several major think tanks — read: propaganda, lobbying and pressure — behind the destabilization of Sudan include the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, Center for American Progress, Center for Security Policy, International Rescue Committee and International Crises Group. Individuals from seemingly diverse positions of the political and ideological spectrum run these organizations, which are ultra-nationalist capitalist organizations bent on global military-economic domination.

    The former Clinton officials most heavily focused on the destabilization of Sudan include: Susan Rice, Madeleine Albright, Roger Winter, Prudence Bushnell, Hillary Clinton, John Podesta, Anthony Lake and John Prendergast. Carr Center for Human Rights co-founder Samantha Power, now on the Obama National Security Council, has helped to whitewash clandestine U.S. involvement in Sudan.

    John Prendergast has continued to peddle disinformation disguised as policy and human rights concerns through the International Crisis Group (ICG), and through its many clone organizations like ENOUGH, ONE and RAISE HOPE FOR CONGO. Prendergast has been a pivotal agent behind the hi-jacking of U.S. public concern and action through the disingenuous (and discredited) SAVE DARFUR movement.

    Other notable agents of disinformation on Sudan include Alex de Waal and Smith College Professor Eric Reeves. It is through these and other conduits to the corporate U.S. media that the story of ‘genocide’ in Sudan is cast as an Africa-Arab affair devoid of western interests.

    In 1992, human rights researchers Rakiya Omaar and Alex de Waal established the London-based NGO African Rights. In August 1995, African Rights published Rwanda: Death, Despair and Defiance, one of many pivotal ‘human rights’ reports that falsely represented events in Rwanda, set the stage for victor’s justice at the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda, and began the process of dehumanizing millions of Hutu people and protecting the true terrorists: Yoweri Museveni, Paul Kagame, the Rwandan Patriotic Army, and their western backers.

    THE MAN FOR A NEW SUDAN

    The pivotal intelligence asset working on the ground in Sudan to destabilize and overthrow the Government of Sudan (GoS) is Roger Winter, profiled very disingenuously in the seven-page New York Times Magazine feature story of 15 June 2008.

    Interestingly, “The Man For A New Sudan” story, an establishment whitewash of the involvement of the U.S. military-intelligence establishment in Sudan, was written by Eliza Griswold, a ‘Fellow’ with the New America Foundation, a left-leaning think tank and pressure group with a very confused ideological but nationalist-militaristic position. (The NAF is obviously dependent on U.S. foundation funding, and it reveals no apparent policy formulations of substance on the Great Lakes or Horn of Africa, conflicts for which they remain completely silent).

    “When Roger Winter’s single-engine Cessna Caravan touched down near the Sudanese town of Abyei on Easter morning, a crowd of desperate men swamped the plane,” Griswold wrote. “Some came running over the rough red airstrip. Others crammed into a microbus that barreled toward the 65-year-old Winter as he climbed down the plane’s silver ladder. Some Sudanese call Winter ‘uncle’; others call him ‘commander’.”

    Winter’s special post at the State Department was created specifically for him and his ‘work’ in Sudan. Why do Sudanese people in South Sudan call Roger Winter ‘commander’?

    Roger Winter is the primary conduit for the ongoing covert destabilization of Sudan. His operations are run primarily out of Uganda, with the terrorist government of Yoweri Museveni providing support through the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) alliance with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).

    The SPLA is the de facto backbone of the Sudan Liberation Army, one of the main so-called ‘rebel’ factions involved in Darfur; the SPLA provides military and logistics support to Uganda from the Pentagon through unknown channels, but most likely involving the nearby Pentagon client states of Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Chad and Eritrea.

    The primary Ugandan agents supporting the U.S. war in Darfur have always been, and remain, Brigadier General James Kazini, a nephew of Ugandan dictator Museveni and the chief of staff of the Ugandan People’s Defense Forces (UPDF); General Salim Saleh, half-brother of Museveni; and President Yoweri Museveni himself.

    One of the main protagonists in the Darfur conflict is the current military regime in Rwanda, whose troops have been involved in Darfur under the guise of an ‘independent’ and ‘peacekeeping’ operation under the African Union ‘peacekeeping’ umbrella — back by NATO and private military companies.

    Little known and widely misunderstood is the role of the United States and its proxies, the UPDF and the RPA, in committing massive crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide during the Rwandan conflagration from 1990 to 1994. Prior to the RPA invasion of Rwanda (from Uganda) in October 1990, the RPA and Rwandan Tutsi Diaspora had publications like Impuruza published in the United States between 1984 and 1994 (when the RPA achieved the coup d’etat against Rwandan President Habyarimana). Tutsi refugees joined Roger Winter, who was at the time the Director of the United States Committee for Refugees, to help fund the publication. The editor, Alexander Kimenyi, is a Rwandan national and a professor at California State University. Like most RPA publications Impuruza circulated clandestinely in Rwanda amongst Hutu and Tutsi elite and it peddled a genocidal ideology against Hutu people.

    The Association of Banyarwanda in Diaspora USA, assisted by Roger Winter, organized the International Conference on the Status of Banyarwanda [Tutsi] Refugees in Washington, DC in 1988, and this is where a military solution to the Tutsi problem was chosen. The U.S. Committee for Refugees reportedly provided accommodation and transportation.

    THE DEVIL CAME IN A HELIOCOPTER

    Roger Winter was one of the primary architects of the RPA guerrilla war, organized from Washington in 1989, that has led to the loss of more than ten or twelve million lives in the Great Lakes of Africa since 1990. Winter acted as a spokesman for the RPF and their allies, and he appeared as a guest on major U.S. television networks such as PBS and CNN. New Yorker writer Philip Gourevitch and Roger Winter made contacts on behalf of the RPA with American media, particularly the Washington Post, New York Times and Time magazine.

    Roger Winter moved through Rwanda during the RPA invasion and worked the front lines of the covert war as a key Pentagon and U.S. State Department asset in collaboration with the Kagame-RPA operation of terror. From 1990 to 1994, Winter traveled back and forth from the RPA-controlled zone to Washington D.C., where he briefed and coordinated activities and support with U.S. military, intelligence and government officials.

    Roger Winter is intimate with USAID, and is a long-time ally of Susan Rice, former Assistant Secretary of State on African Affairs (1997-2001), Special Assistant to President Clinton (1995-1997), and National Security Council insider (1993-1997). Susan Rice is the Obama Administration’s Ambassador to the United Nations and staunch enemy of Omar al-Bashir.

    Roger Winter is also a staunch supporter of U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, one of the leading U.S. Democrats pressing for action to “stop genocide” in Darfur, Sudan. Payne sponsored the Darfur Genocide Accountability Act and was arrested in June 2001, along with John Eibner, director of Christian Solidarity International, for protesting against the GoS.

    Christian Solidarity International has a very subversive relationship to ‘peace’ and ‘religion’ in Sudan, and they have been one of the front-runner organizations peddling the accusations of slavery by the al-Bashir government, in particular, a highly contested and controversial issue generally inflated and manipulated by fundamentalist Jewish and Christian NGOs and missionary organizations, like Christian Solidarity International, Samaritan’s Purse, Servant’s Heart, and Freedom Quest International, that operate in Sudan.

    “Roger Winter was the chief logistic boss for [RPA] Tutsis as early as mid-1990,” says Ugandan human rights expert Remigius Kintu, “and until their victory in 1994 they were operating from 1,717 Massachusetts Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. Roger Winter told a [name deleted] South Sudanese exile at the time [1994]: ‘I have now stabilized Rwanda and will turn my full attention to Sudan.’ Winter subsequently closed up shop in Rwanda and based himself in Kampala working on Sudan. A few years later, Darfur exploded and with Winter’s manipulations, Rwanda was the first to send troops into that troubled area. From my sources, the Rwanda Defense Forces [working under the African Union umbrella] have killed civilians and brought in their media experts to pile the blame on Sudanese government troops.”

    This is exactly what the Kagame and Museveni terror apparatus has done in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Much of the terror operations of the UPDF/RPF in Rwanda in the 1990s were covered up by Human Rights Watch experts Alison Des Forges (d. February 2009) and Timothy Longman, Associate Prof. of Africana Studies and Political Science at Vassar College.

    Similarly, throughout the long war in south Sudan, and now in Darfur, the atrocities committed by the U.S.-backed factions were/are downplayed, dismissed or ignored, while those committed by competing factions are amplified and spotlighted. Also, following the pattern of UPDF and RPA criminal activities — such as massacres committed under disguise and/or attributed to the ‘enemy’ — for which there is now a long history of documentation, and given the lack of any true independent evaluation, there is no telling who actually committed the massacres always blamed on the GoS or ‘Janjaweed’ militias.

    One Sudanese professional from the south told me recently that it was not the Government of Sudan but rather the UPDF and SPLA who were arming the Janjaweed — the so-called Arab militias accused of wanton killing in an Arab-against-Black genocide. (This Arab-on-black genocide has been widely discredited.

    Professor Timothy Longman and Alison Des Forges co-produced the fat treatise on ‘genocide’ in Rwanda, Leave None to Tell the Story, published in 1999. Longman and Des Forges produced numerous documents, based on field investigations in Congo (Zaire), Rwanda and Burundi, from 1995 to 2008, touted as independent and unbiased human rights reports but always skewed by hidden interests. Both Longman and Des Forges had relationships with the U.S. Department of State, National Security Council and Pentagon, both were regular consultants with USAID, and they certainly worked with Roger Winter, the Pentagon’s secret weapon in Sudan.

    On 25 September 2008, a Ukrainian freighter was seized by ‘pirates’ off the coast of Somalia and was held until a ransom of $3.2 million was paid on 5 February 2009. (Somali fishermen disenfranchised by international dumping of toxic [and possibly nuclear] wastes off Somalia are labeled ‘pirates’ when they fight for their rights and freedoms.) The MV Faina is registered in Belize, owned by a company registered in Panama and piloted by Ukrainians. The MV Faina carried 33 Soviet T-72 battle tanks, grenade-launchers, anti-aircraft guns and ammunition en route to Mombassa, Kenya, the Pentagon’s primary base on the east coast of Africa.

    The U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet monitored the Ukrainian ship during the four-month standoff, with the MV Faina pinned down by at least six U.S. and four European warships. The ship’s owner is Israeli national Vadim Alperin (alias Vadim Oltrena Alperin), said to be a MOSSAD agent involved with clandestine activities through offshore front companies and money laundering. The ship was unloaded in Mombassa on February 12, and the weapons are destined for Juba, South Sudan.

    There are reports that weaponry also included tank munitions heads sporting deadly depleted uranium and that the final recipients are the Israeli-backed Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) ‘rebels’ in Darfur. Sudan has previously accused Israel of supporting ‘rebels’ in the Darfur war. International arms syndicates and dealers routinely transfer ‘Soviet-era’ arms for international organized crime, including covert military operations involving proxy militias and national governments in Sudan, Uganda, Congo, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda.

    Reply
  14. Albert

    Wooaw, the conspiracy theory in Full Force with a bonus: genocide denial. That is what I call pure negationism.

    Reply
  15. Concerned African

    I wonder how people who cant even point where Rwanda is on the map have really become the experts now. Where were their voices when a systematic extermination that resulted in the deaths of more than 800k people was being planned and executed ? Kagame is the greatest African leader who is now and people should just swallow their shame and stop critisizing. When the french military aided the genocide planners, where were your voices. These militias in DRC, if they were just normal citizens, they would just go back home as has thousands, but alas, their “work” was not finished and are always looking for an opportunity to go and finish it. I bet you would say they are just carrying guns for farming, wouldn’t you ???

    Reply
  16. mwere

    how can some one in europe and or other rich country can critisize rwanda with out her contribution .in country building as rwandans wemust put together.
    paul kagame we are proud of you bravo????

    Reply
  17. Kismet

    your western conspiracy theories dont hold up, it seems that while the world may want the gold coltan and wolframite of the DRC, the new US law has had the effect of eliminating trade in these minerals through legal sources. Rwandan militias continue to export illegal minerals, but I do not find it credible that all this is masterminded by American interests.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

BayView Classifieds - ads, opportunities, announcements
San Francisco Comcast