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Zionism, Rwanda and American universities

March 11, 2013

by Ann Garrison

KPFA Evening News, March 9, 2013

Paul Kagame
Paul Kagame will speak at the University of Hartford on March 12, 2013, to launch the “Genocide and Holocaust Education Initiative” at its Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies.
KPFA Evening News Anchor Cameron Jones: Rwandan President Paul Kagame will speak at the University of Hartford, Connecticut’s Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies this coming Tuesday, March 12, to mark the launch of its “Genocide and Holocaust Education Initiative,” even though scholars, journalists and protestors all over the world, and nearly 20 years of U.N. investigative reports have accused Kagame himself of genocide and mass atrocities in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Many similar events, where the Holocaust and the Rwanda Genocide have been equated, include President Barack Obama’s April 2012 address to the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University. KPFA’s Ann Garrison spoke to Professor Ed Herman, co-author of both “Manufacturing Consent” and “The Politics of Genocide,” about why this equation, which is so frequently made at university departments, courses and events, is wrong.

KPFA/Ann Garrison: Professor Herman, first I’d like to play an audio clip from “Le Déluge,” a film in progress about the Rwanda Genocide, in which Noam Chomsky, then you, then former Rwandan Prime Minister Faustin Twagiramungu speak. Is that OK?

Professor Ed Herman: Yes.

KPFA: OK, first Noam Chomsky.

Former Rwandan Prime Minister Faustin Twagiramungu
Former Rwandan Prime Minister Faustin Twagiramungu
Noam Chomsky: The standard picture, over and over again, is that the intellectuals either deny or minimize the crimes for which they are responsible, namely those of their own state, and which they could do something about. And become eloquent and passionate about the crimes of others.

KPFA: Now, Professor Herman.

Ed Herman: Genocide is used by various political actors to meet their own political needs. It’s a very politicized word.

KPFA: And now, former Rwandan Prime Minister Faustin Twagiramungu.

Faustin Twagiramungu: About the situation of my country, genocide, massacres, you name it … the truth still has to be told.

KPFA: OK, Professor Herman, what do you think of the film and its thrust? Is it compatible with the standard model of the Rwanda Genocide?

Professor Edward S. Herman
Professor Edward S. Herman, co-author of “Manufacturing Consent” and “The Politics of Genocide”
Ed Herman: It’s not compatible with the standard model … that’s what makes it so amazing, so I think that this is a remarkable film, because its thrust is to contest the standard model. In the standard model, there was a genocide carried out by the Hutu leadership and the Tutsis were the victims, and Kagame, his forces, came along and ended the genocide.

This, I think, is a gigantic lie and the film contests that gigantic lie.

KPFA: What do you think the Israeli government and the Zionist movement get out of this identification with Rwanda?

Ed Herman: The main thing they get is a reminder that holocausts exist. The Israeli government and the Zionist movement need that reminder of the holocaust, to justify their own policy, as they need the accusations of anti-Semitism. So it may be a false equation, but it keeps in mind the possibility of a holocaust and a reminder of what the Jewish people went through back at the time of the Nazis.

KPFA: They never seem to mention Congo.

Ed Herman: Yes.

Congolese demonstrate 'Nazi was wrong but USA & EU are worse in Congo' bannerKPFA: And someone sent me a picture of Congolese marching behind a banner that says “Nazi was wrong but USA and EU are worse in Congo.”

Ed Herman: What that sign is saying is that there are mass killings in the Congo, and the West is partly ignoring them and partly even supporting the people who are engaging in it. Kagame and Museveni are actively invading and occupying and killing people in the Congo.

And Kagame and Museveni are still being armed and protected by the West, so they’re engaging in genocidal practices in the Congo. And the West is not only not doing anything about it; it’s essentially supporting them. So the whole business of focusing on the Nazis must look hypocritical to victims in the Congo. And there are millions of them.

KPFA: And that was Professor Ed Herman, on “The Politics of Genocide,” which is also the title of his book, co-authored with David Peterson.

For Pacifica, KPFA and AfrobeatRadio, I’m Ann Garrison.

Oakland writer Ann Garrison writes for the San Francisco Bay View, Global Research, Colored Opinions, Black Star News and her own website, Ann Garrison, and produces for AfrobeatRadio on WBAI-NYC, KPFA Evening News and her own YouTube Channel, AnnieGetYourGang. She can be reached at ann@afrobeatradio.com. This story first appeared on her website. If you want to see Ann Garrison’s independent reporting continue, please contribute on her website at anngarrison.com.

“Le Deluge,” a film in progress by Keith Snow and Anna May Simone

 

5 thoughts on “Zionism, Rwanda and American universities

  1. Brother John

    Freedom or writing is being abused. Writing things that are untrue is quite a shameful thing. The real Rwanda and real Kagame are very different from the Rwanda and Kagame in writings. Unless there two different Rwandas, then I would say people need to visit the real Rwanda and then write. Rwanda is ok and rising. Kagama is doing great and very soon retiring.

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  2. Aimable

    The real Rwanda is the Rwanda where the Vice President of the opposition Green Psrty was killed by beheading just before the presidential elections to scare all opposition politicians. The real Rwanda is the Rwanda where an independent journalist was shot dead in the capital city as soon as he started writing that he had information linking Kagame to the attempted assassination of a Rwandan general in exile in South Africa. The real Rwanda is the Rwanda where all real opposition politicians in the country have been jailed. The real Rwanda is the Rwanda that the 2010 United Nations Mapping Report on Congo DRC found Kagame’s army guilty of crimes that if proven in court would amount to genocide. The real Rwanda is the Rwanda that donor countries were forces to cut direct foreign aid to after the United Nations group of experts produced clear evidence that Kagame’s government was involved in supporting a rebel group in Congo that is full of war criminals. That my friend Brother John is the real Rwanda.

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  3. Aimable

    The real Rwanda is the Rwanda where the Vice President of the opposition Green Psrty was killed by beheading just before the presidential elections to scare all opposition politicians. The real Rwanda is the Rwanda where an independent journalist was shot dead in the capital city as soon as he started writing that he had information linking Kagame to the attempted assassination of a Rwandan general in exile in South Africa. The real Rwanda is the Rwanda where all real opposition politicians in the country have been jailed. The real Rwanda is the Rwanda that the 2010 United Nations Mapping Report on Congo DRC found Kagame's army guilty of crimes that if proven in court would amount to genocide. The real Rwanda is the Rwanda that donor countries were forces to cut direct foreign aid to after the United Nations group of experts produced clear evidence that Kagame's government was involved in supporting a rebel group in Congo that is full of war criminals. That my friend Brother John is the real Rwanda.

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  4. serious2020

    If only this piece could have been Zionism, Rwanda, Haiti, and American Universities.

    For on February 5, 2008 the much vaunted University of California at Berkeley invited an individual that Haitian people on the ground dubbed "The Grim Reaper," Juan Gabriel Valdes, to speak.

    Haiti is an occupied country. And Juan Gabriel Valdes is the former head of the UN MINUSTAH forces which have become an occupying army in Haiti – by fiat – and by way of Chapter VII of a UN Charter that seeks to convince us that Haiti is an "international threat."

    Vales was dubbed 'the grim reaper,' because he maintains that UN troops and their allies 'accidentally' raped and murdered 1000's of Haitian women and girls during his term as head of MINUSTAH.

    He was invited to speak at UC Berkeley despite these well known and documented facts. He is a mass murderer, and has been convicted of crimes against humanity by a tribunal of Haitian people. A delegation of persons actively involved with grassroots liberation organizations on the ground w/ Haiti was present at this 'speaking engagement' (read: recruitment / propaganda mission) and asked this individual a number of very pointed questions which he failed to adequately answer, such as 'What is accidental rape?' He was extremely discomfited, particularly as numerous photographers were within arms distance of him, and made certain to snap pictures of the face of a known genocidal mass murder on UC Berkeley's alleged to be 'free love' and 'freedom loving' campus.

    Additionally, The Grim Reaper organized the 1440 MINUSTAH troops "backed by 41 armored personnel carriers" to shoot 22,000 rounds of ammunition into unarmed civilians in Cite Soleil for 7 hours, killing and wounding several hundred people – though the UN's official death toll [read: lie] was only 6 people dead.

    From MINUSTAH's inception forward, the raids on Cite Soleil and other unarmed populations in Haiti, have amounted to nothing more than political massacre, engineered against the then kidnapped/exiled President Jean Bertrand Aristide and Fanmi Lavalas; sacrificing the lives of the Haitian poor for the security of the Haitian business elites and a global European hegemony.

    Leaders on the ground – such as Emmanuel "Dred" Wilme – who worked tirelessly to protect their communities from the paramilitary UN 'blue helmets' and other death squads – were criminalized as gangsters and bandits by Valdes, the (s)elected provisional government of Gerard Latortue, and the U.N. and its MINUSTAH forces; and were summarily hunted down and executed.

    And now, a very foolish U.S. presidency, has sent two of the biggest destabilizers of Haiti, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, back to Haiti as overseers in what they hope will become nothing more than a huge, colonized, Haitian plantation.

    The military arm of the U.S. controlled UN and its MINUSTAH troops, by way of Brazil, then and now, do all in their power to criminalize and violently suppress Fanmi Lavalas.

    This being the case it is not surprising that major colleges and universities "invite" global mass murderers to their decidedly unhallowed halls.

    Brava/Bravo Ann Garrison, Kongo Ya Sikam Aimable and the SF BAYVIEW Newspaper for pointing out the truth.

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