It amazes me how the United States and 188 other nations now have international norms that must be respected. Following World War II and the Holocaust, the United Nations adopted a resolution on December 9, 1948, which stated “The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish.”
Clearly, the massacres in Rwanda constituted genocide, so why didn’t the world step in to stop it?” replied Jennifer Rosenberg.
It amazes me how the world just stood by and watch 800,000 men, woman, and children being slowly tortured, raped, killed, and slaughtered like animals by Hutu extremists, and the Clinton administration along with the rest of the world didn’t do nothing to stop it, Why? Because Rwanda did not have not valuable resources that America could use. The Hutus used machetes, clubs, and knives to slaughter human lives because the bullets were too expensive to buy. The rest of the world just didn’t care that Africans were being slaughter daily by the thousands like animals. I often wonder; if this same bloodshed happened in Europe, or Australia, like it did in Rwanda Africa, what would be the significance of the United States and the other 188 nations aid to these two countries. Where was the norm when the genocide took place in Rwanda back in 1994? America goes to the aid of any other country in the world except Africa, and when they finally decided to intervene, it was too late.
Where do we draw the line between what is immoral, and what is the norm?