Check out my Think Again piece at Foreign Policy magazine.
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I think mass action or not without violence is not always good. I believe Rwandan might be a good example to understand how, -implicitly, or explicitly, the UN essentially, is adapting its approach to deal with the complexity of the arab spring. In April 8, 1994, it is not the use of nonviolence that end 100 days of slaughter, the Tutsi genocide. In May 7, 1998, the former U.N Secretary-General, Kofi Annan said:
“… The world must deeply repent this failure. Rwanda’s tragedy was the world’s tragedy. All of us who cared about Rwanda, all of us who witnessed its suffering, fervently wish that we could have prevented the genocide. Looking back now, we see the signs which then were not recognized. Now we know that what we did was not nearly enough–not enough to save Rwanda from itself, not enough to honor the ideals for which the United Nations exists. We will not deny that, in their greatest hour of need, the world failed the people of Rwanda …”
I think many countries from developing nations essentially, including the Congo, need the United Nations to do enough to honor the ideals for which this institution exists.
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