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Hotel Rwanda Essay

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International Foreign Policy

Nineteen forty-five was thought to be a turning point as the Second World War came to a close. In addition, over fifty-one countries committed themselves to maintaining international peace across the globe, all with the hope of preventing future genocide. Almost forty-seven years after taking this pledge, the world turned their backs on the country of Rwanda, while Hutu extremists slaughtered almost a million Tutsis. George and Keir Pearson wrote the movie Hotel Rwanda to help expose the injustices felt by the people of Rwanda during this time. It is through the use of Colonel Oliver’s role within the movie that the lack of humanitarian intervention in the ...view middle of the document...

One of the most powerful scenes in Hotel Rwanda occurs in the bar of the Hotel Des Mille Collines, and is seen in an exchange between Colonel Oliver and Paul Rusesabagina. It is in this excerpt that the Colonels disgust with the United Nations inaction can most clearly be depicted as he insists that Paul not congratulate him, but rather to spit in his face. When Paul questions him, he continues on by saying that, "The West. All the superpowers. Everything you believe in, Paul. They think you're worthless...You're black! You're not even a nigger…. You're an African. They're not gonna stay, Paul. They're not gonna stop the slaughter." Moreover, Colonel Oliver is also quoted equivocating Africans to dirt within this except, again relaying the message that they are of no value. In addition to this, one of the core reasons for the West’s lack of intervention can be attributed to the absence of natural resources found in Rwanda. In essence, Rwanda is quite literally a land of dirt, void of valuable reserves of oil or coil. This scarcity of natural resources, then, results in a lack of economic gain required for countries like America to fund the deployment of troops. In addition, shortly after Colonel Oliver’s outburst in retaliation to the UN’s decisions, his claims were seen to be true as thousands of troops were removed from the turmoil in Rwanda. This left a mere three hundred troops in charge of keeping peace amongst the differing ethnic groups.
Throughout the movie, one of the only instances where international intervention was witnessed was in the pursuit of the safety of foreign nationals. This differentiation is made clear in the scene where Rwandan foreigners staying at the Hotel De Mille Collines are ushered onto a bus to be transported back home. This bus, while...

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