On my post taking on David Corn’s claim that "Clinton Lied and Hundreds of Thousands Died" in Rwanda, commenter JJ Mollo says:
I’m not so ready to absolve the U.S. from criminal inaction related to Rwanda, Sudan, Bosnia, the Kurds, the Marsh Arabs, Cambodia, etc., etc., etc. I certainly wanted the U.S. to intervene -- mainly because nobody else was doing anything. However, blame management does not lead to improved performance. The real question is, "Why does this keep happening?"
We could have done a lot for Rwanda by bombing a radio station. We probably wouldn’t even have had to hit it in order to send a message….
I still don’t know why we pulled out of Somalia.
Out of Somalia. We pulled out of Somalia because President Clinton already announced five months earlier that we had pulled out of Somalia. Then 18 U.S. troops got killed, and Clinton really had to pull us out.
Bombing a radio station wouldn’t have helped Rwanda. The bloodshed would have continued. That gruesome chain of events needed troops on the ground to stop it, and the troops were there, led (badly) by the Belgians.
I don’t absolve anyone in the genocide. As I argue time and again, every nation has the obligation to do everything it can, short of suicide, to help the helpless.
The irresponsible reflex. My point on Rwanda is that U.S. help really wasn’t needed, but then the world’s instant reflex was to leave all the hard work to the Americans. That made our help necessary (and six months after Somalia, our help wouldn’t come).
It’s time to remind the rest of the world that it also has solemn obligations to defend the defenseless and free the oppressed.
And it’s time to remind silly writers like Corn that we notice when they rail against U.S. unilateralism one moment and insist on U.S. unilateralism the next.
Nurtured nonchalance. Multilateralism almost always is in the interest of the United States. The trouble is, much of the world is too selfish, too racist, too callously indifferent to the suffering of others, and far too willing to leave all the rescue work to us. And we nurture their nonchalance.
If the rest of the world won’t save lives and liberty with us, should we drop the idea? On Rwanda, Corn said no, we should save the Tutsis. On Iraq, Corn said yes, let Saddam and sons torture and murder Iraqis forever.
And of course, Corn never notices that democracy is indispensable to building a real and lasting peace. Genocide keeps happening because too many pseudo-liberals miss that basic truth.