To Orwell Today,

Dear Jackie JURA,

Allow me again to address myself to you, as I did some time ago! I still remember and appreciate the clarifications you made for me.

This time, however, my intention is to sincerely and wholeheartedly apologize to you for the insolent assault that you have had to bear from one compatriot who, sadly, professes to be among our lucky few Rwandans enjoying our improved education facilities at The National University of Rwanda (Butare). "Nihao", whose name should be "Nahayo" if it is Rwandan, is hardly convincing when he says he resides in Rwanda, much as even his 'complaints' are hardly comprehensible! As for Aurore, she repeats the tired refrain of many a genocide apologist (double genocide, genocide triggered off by Habyarimana’s death, etc.)

As usual, of course, your reaction is to patiently draw them into your rare insight and give them your balanced, researched views. So, let's all hope that they are capable of, and willing to, grasp your extremely lucid explanations of a person (Paul Kagame) and situation (Rwanda today) that I sincerely believe they are incapable of perceiving.

Of course, there is no society without disgruntled, actually mostly misguided, elements. However, when I look at so many individuals and organizations (national and international) trying to dismiss Rwanda's positive strides today as minimal or outright negative, it puzzles me. You can understand it if a Rwandan who was a beneficiary of goodies from the regimes before the 1994 genocide refuses to see the truth.

But I ask myself: where were individuals like Jonathan Cariel, Filip Rentjens, Pierre Pean, Bruguiere, etc. (Belgian or French, of course!) and organizations like Amnesty International, Reporters Without Borders, etc. when Rwandans were being killed regularly, as if in periodic harvesting, from 1959 to 1994, massacres that culminated in the 1994 genocide?

Today, when one journalist is asked to report to police and explain why he/she deliberately published a wrong report, it is proclaimed to be systematic human rights abuse and other alarmingly grandiose expressions, apparently coined specifically for Rwanda and President Kagame!

Please, keep up your balanced work.

Greetings Pan,

Yes, I remember our previous email conversation and thank you again for letting me know I'm accurately depicting Rwanda and President Kagame.

I tend to believe that you are right about Nihao and Aurore not being sincere in their quest for the truth about who is responsible for past and present-day conditions in Rwanda. But the proof is in the pudding. Look at how well Rwanda is doing compared to every other nation in Africa. It is a truly fledgling democracy setting up a civilized society surrounded by nations wracked by war and poverty and corruption.

The international Party line about Rwanda seems to be to ignore the perpetrators of the genocide and instead criticize the protector of the genocide victims. North Americans don't know the names of any culprits in Belgium, France or the United Nations. It's all "Kagame is a Dictator" or "Kigame Censors Journalists" or similar 'Hotel Rwanda Mentality' to coin a new term.

Those organizations you mentioned, ie Amnesty International, Reporters Without Borders etc are political arms of the United Nations (Big Brother) and are part of the problem, not the solution. That's why you never see them supporting and accurately reporting the good that is done anywhere. They are purveyors of evil feeding off misery more times than not, in my humble opinion.

Here are a couple of articles reflecting their prevailing attitude:

USA decries Rwanda's Human Rights Abuses. Reuters, Mar 17, 2006

Journalists imprisoned in Rwanda (RSF appeals to OIF and President Kagame). Reporters Without Borders, Feb 20, 2006

I'll keep on keeping on following events in Rwanda, looking for the truth, because you are living in exciting, optimistic and interesting times there.

All the best,
Jackie Jura

Jackie Jura
~ an independent researcher monitoring local, national and international events ~