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Good, Evil, Or Otherwise? Essay

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What makes a person good? What makes a person evil? There are probably a number of movies and documentaries one could watch that would display the inherent nature of mankind. When you watch “Shake Hands with the Devil” mankind’s true nature is revealed. Not only are the Interahamwe evil for committing such an atrocity in Rwanda, but also the surrounding countries and nations that sat behind fancy desks, hid behind secure doors, and watched as a country was torn apart.
In “Shake Hands with the Devil” mankind’s true colours were shown, evil. There’s no doubt, after watching “Shake Hands with the Devil,” that mankind is evil. The United Nations refused to let Romeo Dallaire prevent the massacre of tens of thousands of innocent men, women, and children. They ignored Romeo Dallaire’s reports that suggested the ...view middle of the document...

If the United Nations had let Romeo Dallaire confiscate the weapons that were used in the mass murder of Tutsis, the Rwandan Genocide never would have transpired. The United Nations are peace keepers; they didn’t do a very satisfactory job of keeping the peace. The only ones interested in keeping the peace between the Hutus and the Tutsis were the Canadians, who continued to lead the peace keeping force in Rwanda when everyone else refrained from stepping in.
The real perpetrators are the Belgians. They started the whole thing when they decided to split up the Rwandan’s based on the size of their nose and head. If the Belgians ‘owned’ the country why didn’t they do anything to help Romeo Dallaire in the peace keeping mission? When ten Belgian soldiers were murdered, Belgium didn’t send troops in to help stop the killing. Instead they withdrew all their men, and the Belgian senator turned around and blamed the deaths on Romeo Dallaire. Romeo Dallaire was not at fault. In the first place the Belgians had no right to show up and start separating Rwandans, and then turn around and blame Romeo Dallaire for all the lives that were lost, including the ten Belgians. If the Belgians hadn’t invaded Rwanda and separated everybody into two groups, this genocide may never had happened, if they had helped Romeo Dallaire thousands of lives could have been saved.
“God travels the Earth during the day, but comes and rests in Rwanda at night.” Romeo Dallaire was devastated by the horrific scenes that he saw in Rwanda, he’s as much apart of Rwanda as it is of him. Rwanda remembers the lives that were lost fifteen years ago like we remember the people that sacrificed their lives for us. The genocide may have ended fifteen years ago, and people may think that the evil is gone, but it’s not. No matter where we go, evil is there surrounding us. You may not see it right away, but it lives among us, in some way, shape and form. We are evil is some elses eyes.

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