Chapter 6

The Manager, the General,and the Entomologist

The true resting state of human affairs is not represented by a man hacking his neighbour into pieces with a machete. That is a sick aberration. No, the true state of human affairs is life as it ought to be lived.

—Paul Rusesabagina1

“Acts of Genocide”

The attempted genocide of the Tutsi population in Rwanda by their Hutu countrymen in 1994 was not, strictly speaking, an American war. Indeed, the U.S. government quite deliberately avoided intervening to stop the slaughter, which in the space of three months cost some 800,000 Rwandans their lives. At a first, domestic level, the American position involved a choice to refer to what was happening as “acts of genocide” rather than “genocide,” ...

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