The New Times Of Rwanda – You Are A Hypocrite

By David Himbara

Dear The New Times, allow me to first quote the Bible before letting you know what I wish to share with you and your readers. Mind you I hardly command deep knowledge of the Bible but my religious friends and relatives often share verses that send powerful and persuasive messages. Case in point is the following:

◄ Luke 6:42 ►

“How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

Dear The New Times, two days ago you published an essay on how the United Kingdom blocked the United Nations’ intervention to stop genocide in Rwanda. Yes indeed, the UK together the US played despicable roles in the Rwandan genocide.

But my dear The New Times, just like in the above passage in the Bible, before you take the speck out of the British government eye, why not take the plank out of the Rwandan government eye?

This is what the Rwandese Patriotic Front was telling the same United Nations in April 1994:

“The Rwandese Patriotic Front regards the proposed U.N. intervention as deliberate attempt to manipulate the U.N. process and machinery to protect and support the murderers who constitute the provisional government.

Consequently, the Rwandese Patriotic Front hereby declare that it is categorically opposed to the proposed U.N. intervention force and will not under any circumstances cooperate in its setting and operation.

In the view of the foregoing the Rwandese Patriotic Front:

a. Calls upon the U.N. Security Council not to authorize the deployment of the proposed force as the U.N. intervention at this stage can no longer serve any useful purpose as far as stopping the massacres is concerned…”

And so The New Times, what is this – from your masters and owners, head of state Paul Kagame and his Rwandese Patriotic Front. Are you not a hypocrite – criticizing easy targets that are thousands of kilometres away while ignoring the elephant in the room?

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