The slaughter could have been quite easily prevented, Dallaire writes in his memoir, if the United Nations and western countries had sent in a small number of soldiers and resources at a crucial point when Hutu extremists were still plotting the killings and training death squads. But at critical moments, U.S. and French officials dismissed Dallaire's pleadings for action, even though they had solid intelligence about what was happening on the ground. A U.S. military staffer explained to Dallaire that it would take the deaths of 85,000 Rwandans to justify risking the life of one American soldier. Meanwhile, France had long-standing links with elite Rwandan army units closely tied to the Hutu death squads and refused to acknowledge Dallaire's warnings until it was too late.
As painful as it was for Dallaire to write this book, the final result is gripping, expertly crafted, and soul bearing. It gives a taut, riveting hour-by-hour account of the international and human drama he witnessed and the "unimaginable evil [that] had turned Rwanda's gentle green valleys and mist-capped hills into a stinking nightmare of rotting corpses." Dallaire traveled back through his blood-soaked memories, he says, in order to retrieve his soul, and has since thrown himself into giving talks about his experiences. He recounts that after one talk a Canadian military padre asked him how he could still believe in God. "I know there is a God," he replied, "because in Rwanda I shook hands with the devil." --Alex Roslin
Very disturbing. Hard to understand at times but so much information that is important for us to know of and pay attention too.Published 9 months ago by Genie
Excellent writing considering the brevity of the subject and I highly recommend. It begins with a brief look at the Dallaire history and then moves forward to Mr. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Glenda Fowlow
This man could write a book about wind and i would buy it.A Canadian hero who tells it like it is.Published 10 months ago by l price
Glad I read this, but sort of ashamed of my country as they did nothing to stop itPublished 12 months ago by William A. Bolduc
There are lots of books out there by the survivors of genocide but this book gives insight into the muddy politics and propaganda that can lead a country there and also a greater... Read morePublished 17 months ago by bookworm
Possibly the best book every written about the Rwanda genocide. Romeo Dallaire knows how to keep you glued to his story, partially because it's all real and the mind can't... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Nate