Two interesting movies to make you think…
Back to Back from HBO and Encore.
1. Sometimes in April – This is a made for HBO movie about the 100-day massacre in Rwanda. You probably remember the stories about the killings, so I don’t need to go into them. But it looks at the massacre from the point of view of a family, the parents each Tutsi and Hutu, and what happened in that 100 days, including the utter failure of the United Nations and U.S. to do anything. (A great line from the movie, from one Rwandan general to the U.S. Undersecretary of whatever, “Will you send the Marines? We have no oil, we have no diamonds. Why would you possibly come here?”)
2. Tears of the Sun – OK, it’s an action flick, I admit that. But it also looks at a made up massacre that would be going on in Africa, but this time the team that goes in to extract the “non-indigenous personel” kind of have a change of heart and try to get the soon-to-be victims across the border with Cameroon and to safety. This is what I think people would have liked the U.S. to do in Rwanda. I like this movie because it gives a small glimpse into the honor that I think most people have, that when confronted with something like this, we’d have done the same thing and tried to help as many people as we could.
And now, the rant. 😉
Why aren’t we doing this? When faced with starvation and mass murder in Sudan, once again we’re sitting on our hands, doing nothing, waiting for the United Nations to do something.
It’s 1994 all over again.
There are times when it’s important to debate and discuss and think about what you’re doing or not doing. Then there are times to, as a friend of mine said when he was in the Marines, “Do something Lieutenant, even if it’s wrong.” The results of your inaction are worse than doing something, even if it turns out to be wrong later.
This is one of those times.
We need to be sending troops into Sudan, WE need to go in and stop the massacre “dead in its tracks” so to speak. The world is not going to do anything, we can see that in the United Nations, so we have to try and do something, before it’s too late.
We need to be more like Tears of the Sun, and less like Sometimes in April.