Just what Haiti needs: Rwandan police. By Ann Garrison

Via: San Francisco Bay View.

Outside the collapsed National Palace, symbol of Haitian sovereignty, U.N. troops hold back hungry Haitians demanding food, water and shelter to enable their families to survive. – Photo: AFP/Getty Images

In case anyone needed further evidence that President Paul Kagame’s Rwanda is the Pentagon’s proxy, 140 Rwandan police are about to undertake special training before heading to Haiti, as reported in the Rwanda New Times, because, according to Rwandan Police Chief Edmund Kayiranga, “Rwanda wants to be involved in promoting peace in other countries” and, if need be, they would send more peacekeepers to other countries.

Rwanda police are off to Haiti to promote peace, even as:

1) Grenades explode in Kigali in the run up to its 2010 presidential election, and two of three viable parties are still unable to register and field candidates against incumbent President Paul Kagame.

Rwandan Police Superintendent Edmund Kayiranga

2) A new list of the five most horrible prisons on earth includes Rwanda’s Kigali Gitarama Prison and describes it as the most overcrowded penitentiary in the world, so overcrowded that prisoners have no choice but to stand up all day while their feet rot in filth, often developing gangrene, which may require amputation. (Amnesty International reported, in 2005, that Gitarama Prison was way overcrowded, with 7,477 prisoners in space designed for 3,000.)

3) Top military commanders and government officials flee the country, and journalists go into hiding to escape arrest.

4) Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative Group , the Africa Faith and Justice Network, the Greens European Free Alliance and Sen. Russ Feingold, chair of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Africa, call for human rights, an end to attacks on political opposition, and a free and fair presidential campaign and election, with polls scheduled for Aug. 9, 2010.

And why does Haiti need all these U.S. and U.N. troops and now Rwandan police ‘peacekeepers’?

Even France accused the U.S. of occupying rather than aiding Haiti, the former jewel of the French empire, but it’s very difficult to interpret this as anything but France’s pseudo moral complaint against its longstanding imperial competitor – England and the Anglophone world – in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

Rwanda President Paul Kagame leads his troops.

Before the catastrophic Haitian earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010, Haitian lawyer and human rights activist Marguerite Laurent pointed to little known oil reserves and mineral riches to explain the already existing U.N. and U.S. occupation of her homeland, on Salon.com, CKUT Radio and the San Francisco Bay View.

Sound familiar? Where else do Rwandan troops, if not police, serve? Wherever the U.S. wants to project military force in Africa, including resource rich nations, like oil rich Sudan, which the U.S. forever threatens to invade “to stop genocide,” and now resource rich Haiti, which much of the world perceives as a part of Africa as much as a part of the Americas.

And including oil and mineral rich D.R. Congo, where the Rwandan Army’s constant invasions and mineral theft in that country’s tortured eastern provinces were finally, in January 2009, officially sanctioned, when the Rwandan Defense Force collaborated with the Congolese Army (FARDC), the Rwandan CNDP militia and U.N. peacekeepers (MONUC) to, so they said, go after the FDLR, the Rwandan Hutu refugee militia. The FDLR is the eternal excuse for military aggression and mineral theft in eastern Congo.

The U.S., seeing the earthquake as good cover for occupying Haiti, held back aid flights in the early weeks to bring in some 20,000 troops – in addition to the thousands of U.N. troops already on the ground. – Photo: AFP

The Congolese FARDC and MONUC had been engaged in a fierce fight with the National Congress for the Defense of the People (CNDP), backed, in stealth, by the Rwandan Defense Force up until Jan. 20, 2009, when they suddenly joined forces, with the blessing and applause of the U.S. State Department and the assistance of AFRICOM, the U.S. Africa Command. Human Rights Watch, in May 2009, predicted that the consequence would be another human catastrophe in eastern Congo and, by December 2009, HRW and major news outlets in the region reported that it had.

But so little of the world heeds or makes sense of sub-Saharan African news that only a handful of bloggers, dissident journalists and scholars noted, on Jan. 20, that D.R. Congo had suddenly become a violent D.R. Disneyland.

After the earthquake, which killed as many as 300,000 Haitians, troops were assigned not to help people survive or even to begin cleanup but to arrest “looters.” – Photo: Reuters

This unlikely and unholy alliance emerged in eastern D.R. Congo on Jan. 20, 2009, Barack Obama’s Inauguration Day, and all eyes were on Washington, D.C., the first African American U.S. president, Rev. Rick Warren, celebrities swelling the streets of Washington, D.C., and Aretha Franklin’s hat.

In December 2009, Keith Harmon Snow reported, in Dissident Voice and the San Francisco Bay View, that soldiers of the Rwandan Defense Forces were being flown all the way across D.R. Congo, from its eastern border with Rwanda to its Western border with the Republic of Congo, in oil and timber rich Equateur Province, to join AFRICOM, U.N. peacekeepers (MONUC) and Belgian paratroopers in suppressing the Dongo Rebellion.

Why not Congolese soldiers? Because they lack the discipline of the Pentagon’s Rwandan proxy army and, as Keith Snow reported, many of them were defecting to join the Western Congolese fighters calling themselves the Resistance Patriots of Dongo.

Now, with 140 Rwandan police about to undertake training to serve as peacekeepers in Haiti, the first question is: Why peacekeepers? Didn’t Haiti suffer an earthquake, not a war? And aren’t 10,000 U.S. troops there already?

Why not 140 more Haitian police? Why Rwandans? If Haiti needs “peacekeepers within its own borders,” shouldn’t Haitians be best able to keep the peace in their own homeland?

Yes, but not the peace that those now managing the U.S. occupation of Haiti want.

In February 2007, the New Times reported that the FBI was training Rwandan police in modern interviewing and interrogating techniques and in counter-terrorism, criminal investigation and cyber crimes investigation.

San Francisco writer Ann Garrison writes for the San Francisco Bay View, Digital Journal, Examiner.com, OpEdNews, Global Research and Colored Opinions . This story first appeared on her blog, AnnGarrison.blogspot.com.

Article printed from San Francisco Bay View: http://www.sfbayview.com


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3 thoughts on “Just what Haiti needs: Rwandan police. By Ann Garrison

  1. That’s my story and thanks for posting. What a great website; I just subscribed. I see that you have a link to Keith Snow’s All Things Pass, so I’m sure you understand the Rwandan/State Dept./Pentagon narrative about Rwanda as the Israel of Africa, and Israeli collaboration with the Pentagon in Africa.

  2. Thanks Ann and keith Snow you are our heroes yes you are the real journalist .
    you are the voices of the voiceless .All those civilians who were killed by Kagame and musseveni the Hitlers of africa from uganda.Rwanda ,burundi,tanzania,and finaly Congo no forgetting the president of Rwanda and Burundi . and Kabila in the Congo those crimes against humanity,and genocide in the greats lake Region of Africa commited by Musseveni and Kagame have Resulted around Ten millions deaths and 300 000 women rapes this is happening now in the congo and the greats lakes.no forgetting the French crews of the airplane,the spanish priest, the canadians priest,theRwandans archibishops,the Congolese archibishops of bukavu,in the Congo,The American,and the British Hcr agents in the congo. with the 3 spanish doctors .

    Yet the british goverment and the Cliton goverment had been so manupulated by those Two Criminals tropical Nazis
    and the UN also has been misused by Kagame and Musseveni even ISRAEL has fallen to theirs lies.
    lies of Musseveni and Kagame gestapo where the Victim becomes the killer and the killer become the Heroes. It has been been always like that since Musseveni and kagame took over Uganda ,Rwanda, now the Congo with their puppet joseph kabila, alias hyppolite Kanambe a Tutsi From uganda.The western Medias also has been taken by theirs lies.
    so the greats lakes is Rules by a Criminals gang of tropical Nazi monoethnic Tutsi Extremist
    just be Prudent Ann, kagame gestapo can kill everywhere .Just remember Allison the Forges It is not an accident. with love and prayer we will bring those nazis to justice soon or later.thanks to the French and spanish arrest warrant.

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