DALLAIRE SAVED SELF & SOME
To Orwell Today,
re: MYTH OF SAINT ROMEO
I happen to disagree with your evaluation of UNAMIR and MG Dallaire's actions. With only 270 soldiers against thousands of well armed governmental soldiers, attacking aggressively without UN bureaucratic backing would've been a fatal mistake. If MG Dallaire so chose, he could've left Rwanda immediately and left 20,000 people to their deaths. However, he stayed on and saved the lives of 20,000 people who were protected by the amount of troops that he had. It would have been suicidal and foolish for Dallaire to order his troops to act aggressively in a dangerous situation where he was heavily outnumbered and his troops were spread out not to mention that he would be relieved of command as soon as possible.
I gave reasons, in several articles, for arriving at my evaluation of the United Nations Assistance (peacekeeping) Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR) and Major General (MG as you refer to him) Dallaire (although I think he was a LG):
THE INFORMER & TEN BELGIANS and INFORMING ON INFORMER and RWANDA'S UN SOLDIERS DIE and DALLAIRE MYTH BASHING and MERE DALLAIRE MYTH MAKING and RWANDA ARMS AGAINST RPF.
I agree with you that Dallaire probably would have been removed from his command if he had disobeyed UN orders. That's probably why he didn't disobey them, even though he knew they went against the rules of engagement and his mandate. In other words, he didn't want to lose his job. Another option he had was he could have quit in the face of such insane orders from Annan, Boutros-Ghali, Booh-Booh etc - especially when they told him to go and tell Habyarimana everything the informer had said about his government's plans for Civil War and Genocide against the Tutsis, or when three months later they withdrew their thousands of UN soldiers while in front of their very eyes that very pre-ordained Genocide was being committed.
But it seems the idea never occurred to Dallaire to not follow the UN's orders because he even says so in the 2004 documentary SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL: "To me, having disobeyed the orders would have been showmanship, would have been Hollywood, would have been totally irresponsible".
But since returning from the Rwandan genocide twelve years ago, Dallaire has been well-rewarded for following UN's orders. He's been made into a Senator in UN-loving Canada and has Orwellingly been appointed, by the UN, to the position of "Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide". He travels all over the country and the world speaking at Colleges and Universities enlisting people for UN wars and blaming the Western World for not giving enough money and blood to the UN cause. I've never heard him say a bad word about China or Russia - two other major UN players with veto powers that benefit from the wars he wants Canadian youth to "get off their butts" and go fight.
Probably, too, Dallaire will financially benefit from the upcoming "made-in-French Canada" movie based on his book SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL which documents his actions in Rwanda - good and bad - and portrays him, accurately, as a man who did as much as he could to cooperate with the perpetrators of the Genocide and thusly save some fortunate few.
All the best,
Ex-stripper produced Shake Hands... documentary. National Post, Oct 27, 2006
Lindalee Tracey, the street-smart Montreal stripper who was the subject of the 1981 documentary Not a Love Story before becoming a controversial, award-winning broadcaster, journalist and filmmaker, died of breast cancer on Oct. 17 in Toronto. She was 49. Also well known as co-producer of the documentary Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire, Tracey was brash, fearless and bright, with a deep commitment to social justice. Lindalee Tracey was born in Ottawa on May 14, 1957. Her mother was a federal civil servant; her father was an alcoholic who abandoned the family when she was an infant. Tracey ran away from home at 15 and started working as a stripper in Montreal when she was 16. Known on stage as Fonda Peters, she billed herself as an X-rated Little Red Riding Hood. She was runner-up in the 1975 Miss Nude Canada contest and toured the United States in 1976 as part of an erotic revue. When she returned to Montreal, she organized an annual strip-a-thon to raise money for the Montreal Children's Hospital. "The mid-'70s was the last good time to be a stripper," she wrote in her memoirs. "Just before television swallowed our imagination, before the corporate agenda made us homogeneous, and hard-core pornography spread its numbing venom."....
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