Naval War College Review


James Miskel


In a speech delivered at Kigali Airport in late March 1998, Presi­ dent William Clinton eloquently reminded us all of the terrible atrocities that had occurred in Rwanda in 1994. There were, as the president made clear, many profoundly disturbing aspects of the genocide in Rwanda. In perhaps the most vicious cycle of violence since World War II, "at least a million" ethnic Tutsi people and others had been brutally murdered, and more maimed, by rampaging Hutu mobs. The violence had started in early April 1994 and only ended in July 1994, when the government was toppled by the Rwandan Patriotic Front, a coalition of indigenous factions and Tutsi exile groups that had been based in Uganda.