To Orwell Today,

Dear Jackie,

I don't know which tune to sing again. American newspapers across the board are rumouring that our friend the President of Rwanda may be behind DES FORGES' plane crash.

Critic of murderous Kagame regime in Rwanda killed in crash of Continental Flight 3407. SanFranBay, Feb 17, 2009

Since what happened to our other Friend the Hero Laurent NKUNDA MIHIGO, anything can happen. It looks that no one can vouch for someone's history anymore in this world.

I personally believe that those suppositions from the American press are just ludicrous. They do not make any sense. I can hardly see Rwandan operatives downing a plane in the USA. They are not yet that sharp.

On the contrary, I am really angry like many other people in Congo, Rwanda and elsewhere for what they did to the Chairman.

-Sharangabo Rufagari

Greetings Sharangabo,

It looks like everyone's jumping on the bandwagon attacking Kagame, now that they got that opening after he got people angry after he arrested Laurent Nkunda - the Chairman, the hero of Congo and Rwanda - but it's no excuse to blame him for things he DIDN'T do.

But then again, no doubt this group that's blaming Kagame for shooting down Alison Des Forges (who herself told lies about Kagame all these years) is the same ones who say he shot down Habyarimana back in 1994.

They've pried off the lid of their black bucket of paint and they're brushing it all over Rwanda - with of course, not a bad word to say about those who Kagame and Nkunda have been fighting all these years - the ones who really really DID do killings that no one can doubt or get away with lying about. No one can deny the genocide in Rwanda happened and no one can deny who did the killing, ie the Hutus who escaped into Congo and have been massacring there ever since. But never do these people knock the genocidal killers - just always they knock Kagame and Nkunda. And notice how the motive for Nkunda and Kagame in the Congo is never to fight the genocidal Hutus but always it's to enrich themselves with Congo's minerals which - as Nkunda has explained many times - is what the Chinese are doing there - not him and Kagame. See NKUNDA RIGHT ON CHINA WRONGS

Yes, it's hard to know what tune to sing, but the truth is always music to the ears, so let's just keep singing that.

sing along to IF I HAD A HAMMER by Trini Lopez:

"It's the hammer of justice,
it's the bell of freedom,
it's the song about
the love between
my brothers and my sisters
all over this land"

Jackie Jura

Rwanda genocide expert dies in crash. BBC, Feb 14, 2009
The court trying alleged perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide has expressed its shock at the death in an air crash of a top expert on the 1994 massacres. Alison Des Forges, 66, was among 50 people killed in a plane crash on Thursday near Buffalo, New York state. A spokesman for the the UN tribunal for Rwanda called her death "a great loss", said AFP news agency. Ms Des Forges was an expert adviser to the court on the genocide, in which some 800,000 people were killed. "It is with deep shock that the tribunal has learned of the tragic disappearance of Alison Des Forges," said Roland Amoussouga, a spokesman for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. "It is a great loss for the world of human rights, international justice and the whole of humanity," he added. Ms Des Forges had testified as an expert witness at 11 genocide trials at the tribunal, which is based in Arusha, Tanzania. She also wrote a key study of the Rwanda genocide, Leave None to Tell the Story, and was a senior adviser to US advocacy group Human Rights Watch. Ms Des Forges was returning to her Buffalo home when the plane crashed. All 49 passengers and crew on board a Continental airways twin-prop plane and one person on the ground were killed late on Thursday when it crashed into a house just minutes before it was due to land at Buffalo's airport. Investigators have said that the crew of the plane noticed "significant ice build-up" on its wings before it crashed. The crew also discussed the snowy and misty conditions as they descended to land. Analysis of data recorders recovered from the scene shows the plane made a series of severe pitches and rolls seconds before plunging into a house, the investigators said. The plane was flying from Newark, New Jersey, to Buffalo. Ms Des Forges was returning to her home in Buffalo after briefing European diplomats on the situation in Rwanda and Africa's Great Lakes region.

Critic of murderous Kagame regime in Rwanda killed in crash of Continental Flight 3407, by Wayne Madsen, SanFranBay, Feb 17, 2009
The evening before Human Rights Watch expert on Rwanda Alison Des Forges’ critical quote on the secret deal worked out between Rwanda’s murderous U.S.-backed President Paul Kagame and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila appeared in a Washington Post article written by Stephanie McCrummen from Kigali, the Rwandan capital, Des Forges died in a the fiery crash of Continental Flight 3407, en route from Newark to Buffalo, Des Forges’ home town. Des Forges, an expert on the ethnic violence that has swept Rwanda, Burundi and the eastern DRC, was returning from a trip to Europe on Human Rights Watch business....

It was Des Forges who had an enemy in the Kagame regime, which has, in the past, used assassinations in Rwanda and abroad as a tool to silence its critics. One such operation was planned against this editor in Tanzania. On Dec. 3, 2008, WMR reported: “The Rwandan government, through its political and intelligence network in Washington, applied pressure on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, to reject this editor’s testimony on two different occasions about the 1994 plane shoot down [of the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi]. On a third occasion, I received word that Kagame’s intelligence team in Arusha would ensure I would “never make it” to my U.N.-arranged guest house on the way from Kilimanjaro International Airport. Heeding the warning about Kagame’s intentions that were passed on to me by a friendly African intelligence service, I quickly cancelled my trip to Arusha. Members of Rwanda’s regime have been indicted by judges in France and Spain for murder.

Des Forges was quoted in the Post criticizing a deal worked out and signed in Goma, DRC, on Dec. 5, 2008, between Kagame and Kabila that permits Rwandan troops to legally enter the DRC to ostensibly clean out elements of the Rwandan Hutu militia - the Democratic Liberation Forces of Rwanda (FDLR) - operating in the country. However, the FDLR is seen by both Rwanda and the DRC as a spent force that is an internal DRC problem and not a threat to Rwanda. In return for allowing Rwandan troops into the DRC, Rwanda “arrested” its Tutsi proxy rebel general, Gen. Laurent Nkunda, after he fled the eastern DRC into Rwanda. Nkunda was the head of the Rwandan-sponsored National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP), which replaced the former Rally for Congolese Democracy (RCD). The RCD was involved in the 1998 second invasion of the DRC by Rwanda, an invasion supported by the Clinton administration. Rwandan troops first invaded the DRC in 1996 to overthrow the then-Zairian dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.

WMR’s sources in Africa report that Nkunda is not under real arrest in Rwanda because he is not in jail. In addition, Rwanda is ignoring repeated extradition requests from the DRC for Nkunda to be returned, but it appears that these requests are merely “window dressing” attempts by Kabila’s government to show that it is interested in putting the rebel general on trial. Nkunda, a self-declared Christian preacher, is linked to a shadowy U.S.-based Pentecostal group called the “Rebels for Christ.” Nkunda is also an open admirer of George W. Bush. Kabila, according to WMR’s African sources, is suspected of being an ethnic Burundian Tutsi who was adopted by his father and predecessor as president, Laurent D. Kabila, who was assassinated in 2001, in a plot said to have been engineered by Rwanda with the help of Angolan elements.

Des Forges questioned the Rwandan-DRC pact in her interview with the Post. She said, “Is the FDLR now suddenly on the verge of becoming more militarily powerful? I don’t think we’ve seen that … And if they haven’t, then what you have is Rwanda trotting out an old warhorse of an excuse to go in again. The question is, what is the intent?” Des Forges obviously knew the answer. With U.S. military forces of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) now backing a joint Ugandan-DRC offensive in the northeastern DRC to wipe out the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), with hundreds of civilian casualties in the DRC and Uganda, and a secret pact worked out between Kabila and Kagame to permit Rwandan troops to occupy the eastern DRC, the target of both operations is securing the vast territory that is rich in commodities that the United States, Britain and Israel - all allies of Uganda and Rwanda - want badly. Those commodities are gold, diamonds, columbite-tantalite (coltan), platinum and natural gas.

And Des Forges’ criticism of the pact between Kagame and Kabila earned her some powerful enemies ranging from the murderous Kagame, who will not think twice about sending his agents to silence critics abroad, and international interests who want to see nothing prevent them from looting the DRC’s vast mineral and energy resources.


Jackie Jura
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