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Rwanda Rising or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Coalition Governments March 4, 2007

Posted by Dan in Must Read, News, Politics, Religion, Video, War.
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Since we last heard from Rwanda, the ethnic fueled genocide had reached its end. The two warring groups, the Hutu and the Tutsi, had actually ceased fighting.

Rwanda today struggles to heal and rebuild, and shows signs of rapid development, but some Rwandans continue to struggle with the legacy of genocide and war.

Brief history: In July, 1994, the Rwandan Patriotic Front won its military campaign and organized a coalition government. Since that time, that government has been a force for peace and reconciliation between the two previously warring groups. The main difference between it and Iraq’s current coalition government? The Rwandan’s did it themselves.

Its quite likely that the current situation in Iraq will devolve into something matching full out “ethnic cleansing.” Yet, Rwanda reminds us that perhaps all of this will work itself out on its own. So, maybe the best course of action for the United States is actually full withdrawal.

In the past, I have argued long and hard that any pullout from Iraq would leave the country in shambles. But what if that is how it needs to be, in order to rebuild? All of the tension in the region screams for a release, and while this may sound absolutely horrible, I’d rather they “work things out on their own,” as opposed to targeting us any further, or focusing additional aggression towards the United States. If we simply packed up and left, removing our presence from the situation, violence would increase drastically, in the immediate. But eventually, the people would grow so sick of it, that they would demand peaceful revolution on their own. If we had never maintained a presence in the country after removing Saddam, we would still be historical “liberators.” The resulting violence within the nation would be seen as internally induced, and as an outlet for pent-up aggression and frustration. Their mess would be their problem; one they would eventually work out on their own.

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