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Author Barnett, Michael N., 1960-

Title Eyewitness to a genocide : the United Nations and Rwanda / Michael Barnett
Published Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2002


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Description xiii, 215 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction: Depraved Indifference? -- 1. It was a Very Good Year -- 2. Rwanda Through Rose-Colored Glasses -- 3. "If this is an Easy Operation ..." -- 4. The Fog of Genocide -- 5. Diplomatic Games -- 6. The Hunt for Moral Responsibility -- Brief Chronology of Rwandan Conflict -- Selected Chronology of United Nations' Security Agenda
Summary "Why was the UN a bystander during the Rwandan genocide? Do its sins of omission leave it morally responsible for the hundreds of thousands of dead? Michael Barnett, who was a political officer at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations from 1993 to 1994, covered Rwanda during much of the period of the genocide. Based on his first-hand experiences, careful research, and interviews with many key participants, he reconstructs the history of the UN's involvement in Rwanda."
"In the weeks leading up to the genocide, the author shows, the UN was increasingly aware or had good reason to suspect that Rwanda was a site of crimes against humanity. Yet it failed to act. Barnett argues that its indifference was driven not by incompetence or cynicism but rather by reasoned choices underlain by moral considerations. Employing a novel approach to ethics in practice and in relationship to international organizations, Barnett offers an unsettling possibility: the bureaucratic culture of the UN recast the ethical commitments of well-intentioned individuals, arresting any duty to aid at the outset of the genocide."
"Barnett argues that the UN bears some moral responsibility for the genocide. Particularly disturbing is his observation that not only did the UN violate its moral responsibilities, but also many in New York believed they were "doing the right thing." Barnett addresses the ways in which the Rwandan genocide raises a warning about this age of humanitarianism and concludes by asking whether it is possible to build moral institutions."--BOOK JACKET
Notes 'First printing, Cornell Paperback, 2003'-- t.p. verso
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [197]-208) and index
Subject United Nations Rwanda.
Genocide -- Rwanda.
Rwanda -- History -- Civil War, 1994 -- Atrocities.
Rwanda -- Ethnic relations.
LC no. 2001005561
ISBN 0801438837 acid-free paper
0801488672 paperback
Other Titles Eyewitness to a genocide : the United Nations & Rwanda