Magazine article The Spectator

The Rwandan Narrative

Magazine article The Spectator

The Rwandan Narrative

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Sir: Michael Gove should be wary of accepting the standard Rwandan narrative, given his advocacy of democracy as a cure for Africa's ills ('An act of evil that recalled the atrocities of the SS', website only, 5 January).

The French, according to the narrative, are culprits because the Hutu perpetrators of the massacre of Rwandan Tutsis were allied to and had received military assistance from France. The shame is that French policy made 'democratic' sense and was, in effect, sabotaged by London and Washington.

As soon as the Ugandan-based Tutsi insurgents started making significant inroads into Rwanda, the nightmare prospect arose of the 15 per cent minority Tutsi 'masters' once again ruling over the 85 per cent Hutu 'toilers of the soil'. This should have triggered London into backing the Hutu-based Rwandan government, possibly even providing covert military assistance. London and Paris could have then jointly approached Washington to pressure Uganda, then America's 'model' African state, into withdrawing its support for the Tutsi insurgents. …

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