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Intent to Deceive by Linda Melvern

Intent to Deceive

Denying the Genocide of the Tutsi

Linda Melvern

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1 review

Imprint: Verso Books
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 25 Feb 2020
ISBN: 9781788733281

A shocking expose of genocide denial.

5 stars out of 5
Alec Russell
13 Aug 2020

"a clear, crisp and important contribution to the literature on the genocide"

In particular Melvern forensically rebuts attempts by apologists for the genocidaires, including western academics, to suggest a moral equivalence between the parties in Rwanda. Her account is an implicit rejoindre too for those tempted to look back to the unipolar 1990s as a golden era for global governance, post-cold war and pre-Iraq war. She reveals new dispiriting details of the behind-the-scenes diplomacy at the UN Security Council. None of the western powers comes out well. Preoccupied by Bosnia, all tried to avert their gaze. The US was desperate to avoid another African entanglement after the fiasco of its intervention in Somalia. 

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