It is the 15th Anniversary of the Rwanda genocide. It deserves to be remembered but the World that largely ignored it at the time has moved on and cares not to remember this predictable tragedy. In the World of realpolitik a small landlocked country in the heart of Africa with no oil or other basic resources, is easily ignored.
It continues to remind us all of our failure to do nothing in the face of unmitigated evil. How many times must we pledge, "Never again!" and be prepared to act. We have yet to learn as we face the fate of Darfur.
President Clinton has publicly admitted his lack of action by his administration is his greatest regret of his Presidency. The UN proved impotent to do anything and even tried to withdraw the few troops it had in Rwanda at the beginning of the genocide of 100 days. The French have much to account for as they supported the genocidal forces of the government and militias. Others should have and could have done more to intervene and didn't.
One of the few heroes was General Romeo Dallaire, the Canadian head of UN forces in Rwanda.
He struggled with his UN bosses in New York to do more while refusing to leave Rwanda He believed his small force should remain to do what they could and be witness to the genocide.
(His book, "Shaking Hands With the Devil", is a thoughtful read of the events of those days and his personal and professional stuggle to be present in the face of international inaction and the genocidal evil.)
(There are many videos on Youtube. I chose this one as it is the least shocking and most informative)
A brief factual history can be read here. http://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/genocide/rwanda.htm
Notes on Romeo Dallaire http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RomÃ©o_Dallaire
Summary of International Tribunal http://22.214.171.124/default.htm