Whenever the US government tells us how awful a regime is, and why military action is urgently needed, I like to look at a map. (I did this exercise back when the Iranians were the Nazi Germany of the day.) So here you go:
For what it’s worth, in 1994 the Rwandan genocide supposedly involved the systematic slaughter of 500,000 people in 100 days. Here’s how Wikipedia describes the US government’s actions surrounding this inconceivable nightmare:
There were no U.S. troops officially in Rwanda at the onset of the genocide. A National Security Archive report points out five ways in which decisions made by the U.S. government contributed to the slow U.S. and worldwide response to the genocide:
The U.S. lobbied the U.N. for a total withdrawal of U.N. (UNAMIR) forces in Rwanda in April 1994;
Secretary of State Warren Christopher did not authorize officials to use the term “genocide” until May 21, and even then, U.S. officials waited another three weeks before using the term in public;
Bureaucratic infighting slowed the U.S. response to the genocide in general;
The U.S. refused to jam extremist radio broadcasts inciting the killing, citing costs and concern with international law;
U.S. officials knew exactly who was leading the genocide, and actually spoke with those leaders to urge an end to the violence but did not follow up with concrete action.
Intelligence reports indicate that President Clinton and his cabinet were aware before the height of the massacre that a “final solution to eliminate all Tutsis” was planned.
In other news, earlier this year North Korea announced that it had conducted yet another nuclear test in defiance of the Western governments. The Obama Administration is not telling the American people that we need to bomb North Korea to stop the spread of WMDs.
Call me a cynic, but I don’t believe people from the US government telling me they want to bomb Syria in order to save innocent people’s lives and to contain the spread of WMDs.