goldmourn (amberdawnpullin) wrote,

the principle of justice for all

(We need to) ... re-emphasize the principle of justice for all, so that no one for even a moment will make the ethical and moral mistake of ranking some humans as more human than others, a mistake that the international community endorsed by its indifference in 1994.
We have fallen back on the yardstick of national self-interest to measure which portions of the planet we allow ourselves to be concerned about. In the twenty-first century, we cannot afford to tolerate a single failed state, ruled by ruthless and self-serving dictators, arming and brainwashing a generation of potential warriors to export mayhem and terror around the world. Rwanda was a warning to us all of what lies in store if we continue to ignore human rights, human security and abject poverty. The tens of millions of three-year-olds like the one I met on that Rwandan road deserve and must have nothing less than a chance at life as a human being and not as someone's slave, vassal, chattel, or expendable pawn.

- LGen. Roméo Dallaire with Major Brent Beardsley, Shake Hands With The Devil: The Failure of Humanity In Rwanda

~ Amnesty International
~ War Child
Tags: excerpts, rwanda

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