Le Hotel Rwanda
The UK Times describes the gloom at the French mission after its ambassador was expelled from Rwanda after the African country charged that France had masterminded the genocide. Here's more background from the UK Times:
Rwanda has recalled its ambassador to France as the row between the two countries over culpability for the 1994 Rwandan genocide spiralled to a new low. The decision to bring Emmanuel Ndagijimana home from Paris was made after a French judge issued arrest warrants for nine high-ranking Rwandans accused of involvement in the assassination of then-President Juvenal Habyarimana – an occurrence which triggered the mass slaughter. ...
Rwanda has accused Paris of making the allegations as a means of covering up its own role in training soldiers who carried out the genocide. Yesterday, 25,000 Rwandans protested in Kigali against France, accusing it of complicity in the slaughter – a charge Paris has always denied.
Whichever of the two is guilty, it's interesting to compare the International mode of justice to that which hanged Saddam Hussein. Milosevic died in captivity. In the case of Rwanda, no major statesmen, just a few flunkies, have been indicted for the genocide. It's already on its way, after some theatrics, to the dustbin of history or perhaps more appropriately, to its graveyard. Yet there is some preference for running the world in this indefinite manner. Letting stuff just happen. Like Darfur. And deciding that stuff just happened, like Rwanda. It's the perfect postmodern world. A world with many narratives all of which may be incompatible. But ces't la vie. Or as Willie Nelson was once rumored to have pronounced it: sest lah vee.