Rwanda 1994. An estimated 800,000 people were slaughtered in 100 days of terror. That’s about 8,000 people a day – about 266 9/11 events side by side. Imagine that. Despite the fact that Kofi Annan appologized to the Rwandian survivors for the inaction by the UN. It was not really the fault of the UN at all.. you see, the UN is not a military force. The UN is a community of nations and it’s up to these member nations to decide if they are going to commit their troops or not. In 1994 the UN desperatly asked these member nations to commit and none of them were willing to do so. So who’s fault is it really? This is proof that resolutions and discussions can only go so far.. At some point your going to need muscle.
Anyway, good news.. A few forces are being developed to prevent such genocides from happening again.
In March of this year, the African Union agreed to set up a force of 15,000 troops, to be ready in 2005, to intervene to prevent genocide or end armed conflicts.
The European Union is also working on a similar idea, coalescing around a UK-French-German plan for a rapid reaction force to move quickly into conflict zones to fill the gap until UN peacekeepers can arrive.