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Dn t have a plan beyond xtermination Today s itinerary is blood Tomorrow Blood Hutus didn t have to remember what it was like during the centuries the Tutsis reigned over them They inherited the grudges To dismiss colonization boggled my mind a little I would also say that the shooting down of the plane with the Hutu president was a catalyst But what about the hundreds of Tutsis that the killers interviewed admitted drowning in rivers The murders of their neighbors that they were getting away with before the summer of 1994 The Nazis did build up to it The conclusion that I came to is it wasn t a big deal to the killers because they thought they were going to get away with That is what the gang of Rwandan killers tell Hatzfeld himself They say this than once and it is said by than a few killers They felt they were not going to be liable for their crimes with an authority of society That was the missing ingredient in the pot That is why so many went along with the Nazis why men who had once lived aside Jews could kill them These Rwandan men had been simple farmers If you are going to write a book about the killers in an attempt to understand why they did what they did why would you focus your attention on the victims Hatzfeld has a prior work about them Setting up differences between the groups is wrong I had a lot of But what about moments that would appear later in the book Hatzfeld talks a little about Christopher R Browning s book Ordinary Men somewhere in the last fifty pages if you haven t read it I highly recommend that you do so about how simple Polish men could turn into killers and follow through with the xecutions of all of those people If any group could be turned on and wiped out then is it also true that anyone could turn into a killer The similarities was in the killers If they knew what would have happened afterwards that would have been a deterrent if It is wrong to kill other human beings was not The key to the mystery arrives by chance when without realizing it I sometimes pass from the informal singular you tu to the plural you vous Each time as if by magic the replies became precise and I finally grasp the link between the cause and ffectInterviewing the men inside the prison of Rilima was an inspired choice Here Hatfeld knew what he was doing The men in Browning s book were hard to reach through the threat of imprisonment Bypassing the fear of judgement is another matter A feeling that I had throughout was for those other Rwandans suspected by the world for murder Eyes on them regardless of their possible innocence Some have been Just Cause exonerated Did they get a plaue of proof for this Did the men who shot down the plane of the Hutu president and then fled to refugee camps in Uganda think about the outcome they were setting up a million people tondure Does anyone in a power play ver consider the casualities Choosing the men from a group of friends was ven inspired The group mentality for killing is also what allows them to feel protected It wasn t just me His idea was that their insulated world of judgement within their own group would keep them honest An inmate who denied responsibility would have to point the finger at the others He would not be allowed into the shadows under their shoulders All they had left of their old lives was this group I don t know how accurate Hatzfeld s observations of the powerplay within the group was though It is too asy to assume the role of leader onto Adalbert or prejudices about Tutsis onto the crotchetchy old timer who was also acknoweldged to have killed the least despite his years of threats against the people It was ridiculous when he would dub one member repentant than another member and then a paragraph later decide that a different guy was honest and forthright in his confessions than the others The book is best when letting the men speak and allowing the reader to try and know them through these The back and forth admissions that they ither couldn t remember the first kill or that those black yes were pools they could drown in if they sunk for ven a moment no one actually says this I m guilty of my own ditoralizing I appreciate that it must have been frustrating for Hatzfeld to rely on testimony that would one day be open and the next as closed off as if they had just met I wasn t reading the book so that those guys could be sorry nough though The worst part of the killings was when they had outside help from neighboring hills These men would collect of the loot or force them to work harder Sometimes the reports are contradictory They were helpful for those men who weren t naturals with their machetes those who were used to killing goats had an advantage Some men preferred farming as the asier work Others thought it was a better day to go out and kill before the afternoons off to drink banana beer in cabarets I thoroughly njoyed the glimpses of their old lives Both Slavishly Backbreaking Work And backbreaking work and what pleasures they could out of football It s simple if you don t think too hard about the women who had to put up with no rights and alcoholic husbands anyway It all depended on who was talking or when you asked who was talking Sometimes they claimed that they were forbidden their afternoon naps You could get killed yourself if you lagged off I believe that it was kill or be killed If they had collectively not wanted to xterminate their neighbors it could have been done They were informed of the plan before it happened local authorities and teachers were let in on the plan so that they could tell veryone The Perfect Christmas Gift else in secret meetings I didn t get the sense from this particular group interviewed that it was a concern of theirs the lives of the Tutsis That they were thinking about their own lives Yes It does make me think about people who go along withvil regimes It may well be that the female Hutus were not kill kill kill as their husbands claim they are Hatzfeld talks to them too thank goodness I sensed a terror of these killers I was disturbed by reports by the killers that some wives were JEALOUS of the Tutsis women raped by the men I m hesitant to sweep any one under the rug because of cultural influences so I can t decide for myself if the reason they didn t help at least not as a whole Tutsis was from their place in society of leaving all decisions up to the man of the house When the book begins it is told from Adalbert s mother I felt for this woman who had twelves sons The cocky son who assumed control of them all had been drinking the night before She knew that he was not going to be working in the farms that day which would mean no food for them and would instead head off to the cabarets with his friends Not knowing that the plan had been set in place it reads that they pick up their machetes and go out to kill as wordless mind reading Maybe like underwater beasts who can talk in ways that we cannot understand They did have their own language of violence however premeditated it was I don t know that it was inevitable one bit That s what makes it all the sorrier for them all This is about so much than judgement That s why I think Susan Sontag overrated Hatzfeld s book Judgement and understanding aren t necessarily the same thingI feel that the value of Machete Season lies a lot in that he interviewed the men as a group Through them as a group I got a sense of their own lives that they murdered when they first pick up their machetes and kill They want it to go back to the way it was before they knew that this could have happened I m not surprised that the remorse isn t crying out for the lives that were lost is haggling over the definition of what ualifies as a genocide doing that The Taste of Night either The Tutsis cow numbers are back to their pre 1994 numbers If the same was said of the population they would still not be the same lives that were lost I can still see that there was lost in this than flesh and blood It cannotver go back to what was Not as a letting off the hook because they were caught up in what veryone lse was doing I recently reread David Grossman s wonderful The Yellow Wind about the PalestinianIsraeli conflict I highly recommend this book too and in that book he wrote about George Orwell s said about how you demean yourself if you are an occupier I need to reread Orwell s The Trust elephant story about losing his will to that crowd of Burmese behind him He is holding the gun and they are holding him with theirxpectations You can t just go home after you went all that way and face this A Scandalous Regency Christmas enormous beast with your gun You can t go back to that life after you have taken iteither It would take something that is just your own to be able to go home without taking theirs I am all for that you are The Return enslaving yourself if you decide to be authoritarian over someonelse Hell no do I let them off the hook for anything they did and if you are going to wonder why the hell this happened why would you ignore that it WAS born out of the Tutsis rule over the Hutus Was nothing bad going to come out of that Fuck thnic claim over land There is no law of the land that can t be washed away with blood There is no way that this is over ither I don t understand how they could do it I believe the men that they were terrified of the other Hutu killers I know that they were right when they say that they would not have been able to stop killing that they would turn on ach other Some of those men are in Congo and raping hundreds of women The UN pulled out of Rwanda with no haste I thought this recent article by Rachel Vincent From Ottawa Citizen Was "Illuminating Arresting The Perpetrators "Arresting The Perpetrators from Ottawa Citizen was illuminating Arresting the perpetrators What novel idea I really want to know why nothing was done when they were killing the Tutsis to begin with When hundreds were rolled into rivers Why were they there at all then Call me a cynic but playing around with millions in foriegn aid for their own jobs may have to do with it Oh yeah the contradictions Hatzfeld would write that no Hutus stood against the killer Hutus Later he had a chapter about Hutus who did just that they were killed It was kind of cheesey the way he would dub them the just very time Guess he never saw that film Hotel Rwanda That makes me think of some Italian film from around 2006 that I forget the name of The ads bragged that this Italian diplomat saved lives than were on Schindler s List Um I didn t know it was a contest Or that German film Sophie Scholl because the Germans needed for their peace of mind to cling to any small sign that one of their own resisted the Nazis Thinking that one could redeem a group isn t right to my way of thinking The uestion should be how come people don t stand up often Would they if they saw people do it Would people be Aristotle and Poetic Justice enraged that the Holy Land Five are in prison for sixty five years for providing humanitarian aid to Palestinian women and and children if it weren t socially acceptable to hate Muslims and despise them all as terrorists If the party line wasn t If you have nothing to hide would they care that others are constrained against the bonds that don t yet affect them A recent and disturbing incident from my own hometown The police department asked the VICTIM of a crime to pay for the cost of the investigation because he was a drug user and his kidnapping and hostage taking was therefore his own fault Yes How long before all victims are blamed Something like when Obama said that teen who was killed by drones should have had a better father A neat little way to dehumanize someone What would the Rwandan men do if their countrymen returned and started raping their own women The setting up of groups over another group It sounds simple to say but that is fucked up and answerable to a lot It terrifies me Does it terrify you That s all I ve got on why this shit happens They may have had something inside of them that wishes it never happened It wasn tnough to stop it from happening Fulgence The suffering brought to light And Bid Him Sing: A Biography of Countée Cullen each person s natural kindness or wickedness There were fierce people who urged us to cause pain But they were the very few Most appeared uneasy with the awful suffering We always finished our jobs properly Except with runaways who had made us sweat too much running in the swamps of course I did notice that those carrying guns never aimed at fugitives when they wanted to scatter them they shot into the air to avoid sending them toward too swift a death There is only one way left toscape the alienation of present day society to retreat ahead of it Roland BarthesDehumanization Don t do it Says that wise speaker ha Mariel For that I appreciate that Jean Hatzfeld wrote this book They are people too as simple as it is for me to say it it doesn t feel simple to say it I have a lot of boiling frustration inside over people who don t Bachelors and Bunnies: The Sexual Politics of Playboy even notice that black people are so much likely to go to prison than white people POOR people My frustration is turning into rage a lot these days over justification of asshole behavior that does not need to be so I feel for those Tutsis survivors who have to live on those hills with people who had tried to kill them How did it feel to accept it as the way it is to make love to a husband who had been killing To insist it was all them not me if you hadscaped prison I feel for those future generations who are grown up now with this as their inherited memory Memories get distorted There s no way to tell what that will be I think one of the most disturbing parts of the book were the accounts of the Rwandan men who taught their children how to kill It is their culture for the children to learn tasks by shadowing their parents movements Some kids practiced on corpses others practiced on children Amnesty would later release from prison anyone under fourteen who killed I wonder what they are doing now I wonder who is going to remember who did what I wonder if they ll see Cyberwar: The Next Threat to National Security What to Do About It each other as people and not go you did that The Hutus men bore grudges against Tutsis who were not the same Tutsis just as they were not the same Hutus who suffered under their rule Will they be the same as they were then in 2012 in 2044. N Sontag wrote in the preface Machete Season is a document thatveryone should read because making the ffort to understand what happened in Rwanda is part of being a moral adu. .

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If killers come to church to pray to God on their knees to show us their remorse I cannot pray ither with them or against them Real regrets are said ye to ye not to statues of God The accommodation of killers is not my concern Gaspard a survivorThis book opens up a real big historical and philosophical can of wo This book is absolutely horrifying as it deals with first hand accounts of several killers from Rwanda during the genocide I think I was looking for some kind of insight into the mentality of these killers and how seemingly normal people could commit such acts of Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in American Education evil Ultimately the complete banality and lack of remorse these killers felt both during and after the atricious murders of babies neighbours pregnant womentc just left me feeling devasted I noticed that one of my Goodreads friends who is a Holocaust librarian was reading this book so I decided to follow his lead Words cannot begin to convey the depth and complexity of Where Robot Mice Robot Men Run Round in Robot Towns emotions which this booklicits More than anything Cruise Control else it is devastating and insightful giving the reader a glimpse into the minds of the Hutu killers during the Rwandan genocideAll I can do is provide you with one small chillingxample of what one Hutu farmer thought when asked about the word genocidePio Killing Tutsis I never ven thought about it when we lived in neighborly harmony Even pushing and shoving or trading harsh words didn t seem right to me But when veryone began getting out their machetes at the same time I did so too without delay I had only to do as my colleagues did and think of the advantages Especially since we knew they were going to leave the world of the living for all time When you receive firm orders promises of long term benefits and you feel well backed up by colleagues the wickedness of killing until your arm falls off is all one to you I mean you naturally feel pulled along by all those opinions and their fine words A genocide that seems City Limits extraordinary to someone who arrives afterward like you but for someone who got himself muddled up by the intimidators hig words and the joyful shouts of his colleagues it seemed like normal activity It seemed like normal activity I will remember those words for a long time to come This is a book that leaves the reader with many unanswered uestions concerningvil forgiveness and human nature Highly recommended Ours is appallingly an age of genocide but ven so what happened in Rwanda in the spring of 1994 stands out in several ways In a tiny landlocked African country smaller than the state of Maryland some 800000 people were hacked to death one by one by their neighbors The women men and children who were slaughtered were of the same race and shared the same language customs and confession Roman Catholic as those who agerly slaughtered them pg 5 All this in twelve weeks Hatzfield has a collection of work on the Rwanda genocide After completing Into the uick of Life Stories from the Rwandan Marshes which is a look at vents from the perspective of survivors from the commune of Nyamata uestions posed by readers prompted Hatzfield to xplore the story from the killers point of view Gaining permission from the Rwandan government and prison officials Hatzfield successfully convinced ten member of a gang from Nyamata to share their stories The members ranged from those of various ages Culture and Enchantment early 20 s to 60 s at the time of the killing and standing in the community students teachers police officers and political leaders In my opinion Hazfield produces one of the most chillingducational and jaw dropping accounts of work I ve read in uite some time One of the things I most appreciate about this work is the way in which Hatzfield finally connected the dots for me I have read a little on the period and I have seen multiple documentaries at the Houston Holocaust Museum on the subject It is always so difficult for me to wrap my mind around the cause of this vent If you follow my reading at all you know I m an avid World War II reader There is such a breadth of work analyzing verything from the cause of the hatred of the Jews to the political landscape leading to Hitler s rise to power to the world s non response to the psychology of Germans that allowed D DAY Through German Eyes 2 events to take place With Rwanda I could never understand what happened beyond the plane crash of President Habyarimana But Hatzfield provides anxcellent timeline at the beginning of the book beginning in 1921 and takes the reader through important Baroque Personae events through 2003 It is always tempting to compare anyvent like this one with the Holocaust but Democratic Art events in Rwanda are vastly different Rather than falling into that temptation Hatzfield uses the Holocaust as a contrast which I find uiteffective What follows is a deeply disturbing understanding of what I ve missed This was not a well organized campaign carried out by soldiers and law nforcement personnel with registrations and demarcations The killers did not have to pick out their victims they knew them personally Everyone knows everything in a village pg 67 of course in a village pg 67 Of course did This was neighbor killing neighbor teacher killing student soccer teammate killing teammate and family member killing family member The first day a messenger from the municipal judge went house to house summoning us to a meeting right away There the judge announced that the reason for the meeting was the killing of very Tutsi without xception It was simply said and it was simple to understand pg 18 With that order Hutu members of the village picked up machetes and spent twelve weeks attempting to irradicate very single Tutsi from the villageThe other contrast when you read WWII accounts while you spend some time in dredges of human darkness there are amazing tales of bravery Unfortunately according to Hatzfield that is not the case in Rwanda And at the Codependent Forevermore: The Invention of Self in a Twelve Step Group end of the war WWII we were dumbfounded to learn about the thousand and one touching anecdotes we could never have imagined In Nyamata however we find not one comradely impulse among teammates not one gesture of compassion for helpless babies No bond of friendship or love that survived from a church choir or an agricultural cooperative No civil disobedience in a village no rebellious adolescent in a gang of budding toughs And not a singlescape network although it would have been Conscience and Memory: Meditations in a Museum of the Holocaust easy to set one up in the forty kilometers of uninhabited forests between the marshes and the Burundi border pg 103 I think the reader needs to beware this is a difficult read It is only about 250 pages in length and written in very concise paragraphs but the sterile nature in which the killers discuss their actions and the obvious lack of remorse is simply disgusting I want to make clear that from the first gentleman I killed to the last I was not sorry about a single one pg 54 Those that do discuss forgiveness do so only in terms of how the prisoner can return to life he once knew one day with little regard to what his return will do the survivors Big thanks to Isabelle for bringing it to my attention With some books you getxactly what you Conscience and Memory expected which in this case was a bunch of ordinary guys from Rwanda talking about killing people with machetes a lot They were all interviewed at length in prison During the killings I no longer considered anything in the Tutsixcept the person has to be done away with I want to make clear that from the first gentleman I killed to the last I was not sorry about a single oneFor anyone who needs reminding the Pansy Vol. 6 events described in this soasy to read so very difficult to think about book can be summarised uickly Rwanda is a tiny African country current population around 10 million Here it is There were and are two main Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods ethnic groups the Hutu and the minority Tutsi In the 1970s there was a revolution and the Hutus threw out the Tutsi monarchy In the 1990sthnic relations went over the cliff into unknown territory and culminated in the genocide of Tutsis over a three month period in Spring 1994 Approximately 800000 Tutsi people were killed by machete since all Rwanda men own machetes since they re all farmers so they were handy 800000 was 75% of the Elizabeth I entire Tutsi population Jean Hatzfeld makes a telling point about the nature of thisvent here After the genocide many foreigners wondered how the huge number of Hutu killers recognised their Tutsi victims in the upheaval of the massacres since Rwandans of both Education in a New Society ethnic groups speak the same language with no discernible differences live in the same places and are not always physically recognisable by distinctive characteristics The answer is simple The killers did not have to pick out their victims they knew them personally Everyone knowsverything in a village Yes this was village by village There were no concentration camps no need for any of that paraphenalia This was a low tech carbon neutral genocide As one of the guys put it In killings of this kind you kill the Tutsi woman you used to listen to the radio with or the kind lady who put medicine plants on your wound or your sister who was married to a Tutsi Or Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education even for some unlucky devils your own Tutsi wife and your children Of course genocide is pretty much sanctioned in the Bible as anyone who recalls thexploits of Saul may remember1 Samuel chapter 15 Thus saith the LORD of hosts I remember that which Amalek did to Israel how he laid wait for him in the way when he came up from EgyptNow go and smite Amalek and utterly destroy all that they have and spare them not but slay both man and woman infant and suckling ox and sheep camel and assAnd Saul gathered the people together And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive and utterly destroyed all the people with the dge of the swordSo what was it like for the guys Well turns out that genocide can be tough on the perpetrators Most people don t think about that For someone plodding up the slope of old age that killing period was backbreaking than stoop labour Because we had to climb the hills and chase through the slime after the runaways The legs specially took a beating But for the younger ones it was great We overflowed with life for this new job We were not afraid of wearing ourselves out running around in the swamps We abandoned the crops the hoes and the like We talked no among ourselves of farming Worries let go of us Killing 800000 people by hand is a lot of work you can believe that This wasn t Treblinka Hatzfeld says that actually this was people killed in a three month period than the Nazis managed The Baby Swap Miracle even at the height of the Holocaust I ll take his word for that I have no desire to check the figuresI think the dictionary definitions of certain words are ideologically motivated Take the word inhuman Lacking kindness pity or compassion cruel deficient inmotional warmth coldWell no This is wrong These characteristics are absolutely uintessentially human It s inhumanity which makes us human I was glad that Hatzfeld pointed out the xtreme strangeness of this Rwandan genocide He says of black Africa that when seeming thnic conflicts do break out they re actually regional South against North Sudan or religious Christian against Muslim Nigeria and usually for control of resources Sierra Leone Liberia They re not actually one thnic group against another Black Africa is a formidable medley of willingly assumed thnic identities of a diversity ualled only by the spirit of tolerance that keeps them in uilibrium That s actually the loveliest sentence in the book Well it doesn t have much competition It s not that kind of book So this is an ssential book which I am not recommending unless you were knocked out by the recent documentary The Act of Killing andor you re a fan of Christopher Browning s great book Ordinary Men andor you like to find out just how dreadful things can get here on EarthLast word goes to one of the guys I wrote short notes of apology to some families of victims I
and had them delivered This is largely comprised of interviews from the men who perpetrated the 1994 genocide in Rwanda I definitely njoyed the authenticity of hearing from Gender Justice e men themselves The author also inserts some background information and occasional observations about the nature of genocideInjoyed several things about this book1 It gave me a great understanding of the historical background for the Generations and Collective Memory events in Rwanda2 It gave me a small sense of what it would have been like to be there during thevents The book recorded mundane details like the killers daily routines3 It probed the psychology and social mechanisms that would allow something like this to happen One factor for instance was the fact that people had to be personally involved in the killings or be perceived as sympathetic to the Tutsis In some cases they killed in order to avoid being killed This dynamic in turn seemed to develop because the killers wanted the guilt to be distributed They wanted veryone to be ually liable4 It probed the Psychology Of Someone Trying of someone trying From Notes to Narrative escape the guilt of terrible things they have done itxposed the fact that many of the killers were not ultimately sore for what they did so much as they sought to minimize the conseuences As the book recorded it true repentance was hard to find or nonexistence Even after the fact it seemed like the men were trying to rationalize their actions and under the same circumstances would be fairly likely to do the same thing againAn Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America excerpt from Pio one of the killersSeeking forgiveness is a natural thing Bestowing forgiveness is a huge thing But who today can decide this forgiveness Those who did nothing like the whites and such those who arrived too late behind he soldiers of the RPF coming home with their savings and their memories of revenge those who happened tolude death by sneaking into the papyrus Even the mama of the child who was cut what can she forgive in the name of her little one who is no longer here to be uestionedI see too many difficulties for us to xchange forgiveness on the hills Too many bad memories will grow again on the fine words like the Bush in the middle of a plantation Someone who grants During the spring of 1994 in a tiny country called Rwanda some 800000 people were hacked to death one by one by their neighbors in a gruesome civil war Several years later journ. Ou forgiveness on a day of mercy who can say he won t take it back some other day in anger because of a drunken suabble I can t imagine any forgiveness capable of drying up all this spilled blood I see only God to forgive me it s why I asked that of Him very day Offering Him all my sincerity without hiding any of my misdeeds from Him I don t know if he says yes or no but I do know that I ask Him very personally 206 207 Note This review is for the full four part seriesFrench reporter and longtime resident of the African continent Jean Hatzfeld documents the Rwandan Genocide in detail than any other historian or journalist But don t look to his series for a complete historical context or a full Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) examination of the motives of the killers or the previous crimes of the Tutsi people and the colonialists Other books like Philip Gourevitch sxcellent We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families informs and ducates the reader thoroughly on context motivation and history Hatzfeld instead offers direct contact with the killers and the survivors He tracks life in one small village as it progresses over 24 years from the 100 days of the cuttings of the genocide through the forced return and imprisonment of the scaped Hutu killers to the killers pardon in 2003 to live side by side with the survivors and finally to the legacy of the genocide for the next generation of children the children of both the killers and the survivors Hatzfeld s series of four poignant and well written books focus on the lives of the people of the Bugesera a modest sized district in the southeast of Rwanda a place where Hutus slaughtered an stimated 100000 Tutsis Hatzfeld is detailed in his dispatches following the same small group of people gaining their trust by breaking through a haze of trauma and for the killers by passing through prison walls It s doubtful any other reporter or historian will ven gain similar access and intimacy with all the players What is missing for the most part is the role the government of long time President Paul Kagame plays in their livesLife Laid Bare The Survivors in Rwanda Speak introduced us to the Rwandan voices the survivors of the Bugesera men women children all who ran from the blades for 100 days until the Tutsi army led by Paul Kagame refugee turned General turned President could reach the marshes and the hillside of the district It is here that Hatzfeld first introduces the reader to the victims and survivors of Foraging for Survival evilHatzfeld s second installment Machete Season The Killers in Rwanda Speak is a short and dark tome offering up direct testimony and confessions of one small group of cutters who terrorized their small community for 100 days they a part of a larger group that murdered thousands using mostly machetes killingfficiently than the Nazi death camp apparatus killed Jews Reading Hatzfeld s commentary on his meetings in the crowded Rilima Prison I detect little joy in his work and note his reticence during interviews of genocidairesThe Antelope s Strategy Living in Rwanda After the Genocide book three titled because the victims of the genocide when they could run ran like the Antelope staying in their herd knowing that the Hutus would cut the slow the old the infirm and those who carried their babies first On the hilltops of the Bugesera in 1994 the comfort of the pack helped Innocent Rwililiza only so much Out of the thousands that sought safety above the village just a few dozens survived the rest cut down by their Hutu neighbors and the Interahamwe If it was possible to report a dark and horrifying version of the genocide than that provided in books one and two Hatzfeld finds it as he documents Innocent s Rwililiza s story of survival In Blood Papa Rwanda s New Generation Jean Hatzfeld introduces readers to the children of the genocidaires and the survivors While much of the book is spent with the children Hatzfeld researches the community or Gacaca courts organized in Rwanda to free up the Fragments enormous backlog in the traditional court system He tells the story of one particular case a cutter a man whose confession Hatzfeld documented in Machete Season a man who served seven years in prison and was then pardoned by President Kagame along with many other second tier offenders in 2003 and a man who committed a crime so atrocious andvil that in 2010 his community s Gacaca court immediately dispatched the offender to life in prison Amazement That s my reaction to this book So this journalist visits a Ruwandan prison and gets six of the Hutu xecutioners during the 1994 genocide to speak freely about their crimes This time it is not a novel writer doing his best to sound spooky this time it is not some sane decent person
Primo Levy describing mass murder the victim s side This time you get to the other side as close as you can get to the real core of horror What these men did goes so far beyond my xperience so far beyond my mindset that I can t grasp it ven after reading the book Yeah amazement is the word The book itself gets a bit confusing at times The murderers often use ufemisms and seem to step back when they get to describe the actual killings Anyway the whole thing sounds so unreal that sometimes it grows difficult to follow what they say As a whole however the book is ngaging very well written and full of shocking information I would like to re read it and I guess that s the best ndorsement you can give a bookOn a sideline these confessions may dispel many myths about the horrors of the 20th century 1 It was very interesting to discover that Hutus really hated Tutsis without any ncouragement from Western powers It was also revealing that they were happy when the whites including diplomats ventually left the country and they felt free to kill their countrymen without unwanted interference There is some side hint at French complicity but at the One Ticket To Texas end of the day the genocide was an Africannterprise conceived and very Helpmate efficiently organized by Africans So bad for white post colonial guilt 2 It is interesting too the way they put aside their moral their religion As one of the killers put it We were getting so much tin roof we were grabbing so much cattle we were growing so rich that we didn t need God any Simple as that In 1897 the Germans conuered Rwanda They brought their burgeoning racial discrimination theories to the country and started applying them to the local population What for centuries had been not an issue suddenly divided intothnic differences The Tutsis believed to have descended from the biblical Ham and thus Europeanised than the Hutu population became the natural favourites to rule Rwanda on behalf of the Germans The Germans sowed the seeds of racism in RwandaIn 1916 Germany beueathed its Art, Culture, and Cuisine: Ancient and Medieval Gastronomy erstwhile colony to the Belgians The second phase ofthnic division started The Belgians began to measure the heights and noses of people for their research by means of a tool called Vernier Caliper They also issued identity cards to the population carefully nshrining their thnicity in stone or paper as the case here Belgium too followed a pro Tutsi policy leading to continuous tensions between the two communitiesWhen Rwanda Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader erupted in violence no one realised thextent of the damage It was only later that the staggering numbers became known and the massacre was classified a genocide However Gypsy World: The Silence of the Living and the Voices of the Dead ethnic violence had been constantly mounting since the late 80s and tensions had been aroundver since the last Tutsi king died and the Hutus latched on to powerHatzfeld wrote three books on this subject this being the second book in which he talks to the killers about their deeds It s a good idea and had the potential to throw some light on a rather obscure subject since people are still debating why the genocide Bryozoan Evolution even happened But I don t think this book answers those uestions completely or indeed at all Machete Season offers very little insight on why the killers killed Though the author offers a goodxplanation of why he chose people who killed together in a group this also prevented him from gaining better insights on the diverse types of people who killed during the genocide The group of people said pretty much the same thing and repeated themselves uite often They suarely placed the blame on the politicians and indeed much of the blame lies there but I did not get much of a sense of soul searching from any of these guys This is where this book fails for me I would totally read a book by any killer who lays out his thought processes neatly for the world to understand this tragedy But none of the people chosen by Hatzfeld did soOne of the things that did strike me was that this appeared to be a very male operation Wives mothers sisters and daughters were mostly left at home to deal with the daily grind and fill the stomachs of those who returned after a satisfactory killing and looting session Apparently Crisis and Continuity at the Abbasid Court: Formal and Informal Politics in the Caliphate of Al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) even the organisers of the genocide told the women to stay home The menasily blamed the women for wanting loot and claimed that their wives wholly supported them What utter bullshit This in itself shows there is little remorse and Silvers Edge even less honesty I would be very interested to know what all the women in Rwanda think of their male relatives who have killed Did theyven have an opinion Were they allowed toA second thing that came out consistently was how very Hutu had to kill or be killed himself I don t know how far this was nforced Was it just in the countryside or in the cities as well And if this were the case how far were men who were forced to lift their machetes be blamed for putting their own lives over others But again this was not Going Berserk explored in detail The most annoying thing about Machete Season was its insistence on bringing up the Jewish Holocaust atvery opportunity This is just another manifestation of colonisation where a tragedy can t be discussed without comparing it to the Holocaust an European vent I was also flummoxed at how asily Hatzfeld dismissed the Bosnian genocide as not being a genocide because the women were not systematically murdered Another strange theory of Hatzfeld was that colonisation did not have a big part in the Rwandan genocide Are you kidding me Personally all this made me lose faith in the author as someone who is aware of history in its proper context despite his credentialsI think there are much better books on this subject but I don t regret reading this one because of its uniue perspective I just wish that the sample size were larger and the subjects were Come Hell or High Water: Feminism and the Legacy of Armed Conflict in Central America explored in detail and in depth This gentleman I killed at the marketplace I can tell you thexact memory of it because he was the first For others it s murky I cannot keep track any in my memory I considered them unimportant at the time of those murders I didn t Autobiography and Other Writings even notice the tiny thing that would change me into a killerSusan Sontag wrote the preface for Jean Hatzfeld s book Machete Season She says To make theffort to understand what happened in Rwanda is a painful task that we have no right to shirk it is part of being a moral adult Everyone should read Hatzfeld s book If you ve ver read one of Susan Sontag s introductions and then read the book with a Well this bowl of risotto didn t give ME an orgasm reaction then you know how hard it is to hit those octaves after one of hersI agree that it is an important issue Because it is important Hatzfeld may have been let off the hook on pretty important things He contradicts himself repeatedly in Machete Season Sometimes on the same page I ll get to that later I could have dealt without the constant comparisons to the holocaust I really could have dealt without the measuring of one tragedy against another Hatzfeld is in love with the word genocide and wastes time downgrading the tragedies Of War Such As The war such as the slaughter of Sbrenicans because the women weren t systematically wiped out to prevent future breeding If you see people as a group not as individuals then genocide is worse I think killing people is bad if killing people is bad I am at a loss why he felt he had to take time out of his book to say that what happened in Rwanda was worse than what happened to others with the sole xception of Jewish people in the holocaust I ve seen this kind of thing before The sixty three million killed by Chairman Mao was not as bad as the twelve million killed by Hitler because it wasn t against different people than his own People are people people I would think it would be important to uestion why life isn t so precious that war is inevitableThe first time I wore my Are you fucking kidding me face was on page ninteteentwenty This late settlement of the region renders all discussion about Unbeatable Mind (3rd Edition): Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level (English Edition) eBook: Mark Divine: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. eitherthnic group s rights of priority and legitimacy simply hopeless All these immigrants to the Bugesera arrived at almost the same time traumatized by the ordeal of having to find new land to feed themselves This is an historically stupid statement I don t think I need to say whyHatzfeld doesn t bring up colonization until page 210 and then he refers to it as over simplistic if you did think it was an unmitigated factor Maybe the Belgian author didn t want to mention that the idea of thnic identity cards did not arrive spontaneously into the minds of ither tribe that it was their Belgian colonizers who put the as Hatzfeld disturbingly to me refers to them again and again slender and beautiful Tutsis over the Hutus The setting up of one group over another group seems to be a common factor in the matter of people doing fucked up shit to Apocalyptic Cartography: Thematic Maps and the End of the World in a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript each other The slow dehumanization over a period of time so that people get used to it and won t see it as wrong Hatzfeld was busy shoehorning the Rwandan murders to fit next to the sickness of the Nazi regime and bypasses Cambodia on the grounds that he is familiar with the former Revenge as well as racism played a large part in the Cambodian genocide Corruption under leaders set up under the French and a memory that doesn t let go of the most twisted resentment turned brutal Like the Hutus the Khmer Rouge di. Alist Jean Hatzfeld traveled to Rwanda to interview ten participants in the killingsliciting xtraordinary testimony from these men about the genocide they perpetrated As Susa. ,
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