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Rice’s Failure in Rwanda Precludes her from Becoming Secretary of State

Rice was part of Bill Clinton’s National Security Team whom in 1994 refused any intervention whatsoever in the Rwanda genocide that left 800,000 dead.

U.S. ambassador to the UN Susan Rice

U.S. ambassador to the UN Susan Rice

I recently met Gourevitch at a press conference I hosted for the Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo, where she announced that Rwanda would be opening an Embassy in Israel in the next six months. It was an honor for me to encounter an American who had done so much to highlight the brutal slaughter of innocent Africans while the most powerful country on earth did nothing.

But why honor Susan Rice for the ignominy of doing nothing while six in Rwanda died every minute. Why elevate a woman so oblivious to American moral principles and the value of African life that she thought we out to sit this one out?

It was painful enough to watch Kofi Anan elevated to Secretary General even though as head of UN peace-keeping forces worldwide he sent two now infamous cables to Dallaire forbidding him from any efforts to stop the genocide (the cables are on display in the Kigali Genocide Memorial where I visited in the summer). But to elevate Rice would make a mockery of those who believe that “Never Again” ought to mean just what is says.

Better that Rice remain where she is. An Ambassador whose spinelessness perfectly matches the organization she’s in.

This article was originally written on November 30th. Due to increased criticism of Rice’s handling of US policy in Africa as of late (specifically shielding of Rwanda diplomatically from criticism of its role in violence in the Congo) we thought it was still relevant today.

About the Author: Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, “America’s Rabbi” whom the Washington Post calls “the most famous Rabbi in America,” is the international best-selling author of 29 books, including The Fed-up Man of Faith: Challenging God in the Face of Tragedy and Suffering. Follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley.


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4 Responses to “Rice’s Failure in Rwanda Precludes her from Becoming Secretary of State”

  1. Hermis Echevarria says:

    Thank you for sharing ..

  2. Revchibuzo Ibe says:

    thanks,its because i love isreal

  3. Mike Burkitt says:

    Allen B. West. Right man, wrong administration.

  4. Anonymous says:

    A disgrace to the USA! She needs to be fired and sent away from federal government.

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