Friday, November 13, 2015

Pencil in a Presidential Speech

Observers are worrying that Burundi is looking rather pre-genocide. I'm sure we'll issue all the right words with all the emotion we expect of a very serious situation.

Here we go again:

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday condemning killings in Burundi and threatening sanctions, while international leaders urgently called for the government and opposition to meet amid fears that the African nation is at risk of genocide.

Witnesses say the killings, torture and human rights violations are the result of a government crackdown on opposition members. Statements by Burundian officials last week echoed language used in the 1994 genocide in neighboring Rwanda, where more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and Hutu moderates were slaughtered in a campaign orchestrated by Rwanda’s Hutu-majority extremist government.

Notwithstanding the short-lived ascendance of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine in the White House to justify the intervention in Libya's civil war in 2011, I'm reasonably sure that American interest in Africa is purely rhetorical in nature.

The presidential speech in response to the genocide will be moving, I'm sure.

And the hashtag campaign, too. Don't forget that. That will bring back the dead, for sure.