American Support for Dictators; Black Male Student Achievement; SEIU-UHW Converges with CPMC …

by on August 18, 2010

To the Editor:

Don’t forget the U.S. support of the Paul Kagame government in Rwanda. The U.S. was complicit in the 1994 Rwanda Genocide. It served U.S. strategic and geopolitical objectives by establishing a U.S. sphere of influence in Central Africa, a region historically dominated by France and Belgium.

What’s at stake? The region’s vast geostrategic mineral wealth. Kagame had been trained at the U.S. Army Command and Staff College in Leavenworth, Kansas. Kagame returned from Leavenworth to lead the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA) shortly after the October 1990 invasion of Rwanda by Ugandan forces, which has since been misrepresented as a war of liberation by a Tutsi-led guerilla army. The civil war in Rwanda was a brutal struggle for political power between the Hutu-led Juvonal Habyarimana government supported by France and the Tutsi Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) backed financially and militarily by the U.S.

The Hutu-Tutsi rivalry was used deliberately in the pursuit of U.S. geopolitical objectives. Kagame ordered the shooting down of the plane carrying Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira’s plane. By doing so, Kagame was fully aware that the assassination of Habyarimana would unleash a genocide against Tutsi civilians. RPA forces had been fully deployed in Kigali at the time of the massacres but did not act to prevent it from happening.

The RPF were the killers during the genocide to a far greater extent than has previously been reported. The majority of the victims were Hutus, not Tutsis, and it is simply untrue that the RPF stopped the genocide by winning the war. Rather, the RPF typically killed everyone in its path. Since taking power, Kagame has maintained political power and manipulated public sympathy by promoting a highly distorted version of the Genocide. Kagame is now one of our men in Africa; he was reelected President and is well on his way to becoming a president-for-life.

Ralph E. Stone
San Francisco

To the Editor:

I have great respect for Geoffrey Canada, but I wonder at the comfortable habit we have of blaming the education system for achievement gaps among different races. If Black students, particularly boys, are not doing well in school, is that the school’s fault? Should we then laud the education system for how well Asian students do? I don’t hear that clarion call.

Perhaps the problems of black students do not originate in schools, but in their homes and larger communities. Maybe that’s where we should be looking to make changes. And why not look at Asian families and communities for things all races might adopt as successful incubators of educational success? One study I heard of documented how many Asian parents do not attribute their children’s mastery of a test or subject to intelligence, but rather to a willingness to work and keep trying.

Dana B.
San Francisco

To the Editor:

Check the facts, dude. There is always another side. Maybe you should come to our hospitals and ask us before you write something stupid. CNA should start representing its members and take care for nurses contract (there are no CNA members at CPMC.)

Mike Foster
San Francisco

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