Sometimes in April  

DisplacedTiger 38M
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3/28/2005 4:56 pm

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Sometimes in April

Last night, I saw the movie "Sometimes in April" on HBO. For those who haven't seen the movie, it's an HBO original picture which showcases the struggle of a Rwandan family through the Rwandan genocide incident of the mid-1990s. Essentially, one faction of Rwandans was eliminating another, and this family was comprised of a Hutu man, and his Tutsi wife (the Hutus were eliminating the Tutsis).

This movie completely freaked me out. Not because of the gore in the film...there was plenty of it. Not because of the situation portrayed. What freaked me out was the capacity of humanity to inflict such pain upon others for the sake of some intangible idea.

The entire Rwandan conflict really kills my plain, cheese pizza philosophy. Why couldn't these people just co-exist? It's a very easy and naive question to ask, I admit. What's worse is that it's probably not even the Rwandans' fault. You see, Rwanda was a colony of Belgium, and the Belgians elevated one Rwandan faction over another, thus forcing one faction into a kind of slavery, while making the other a nobility. It was inevitable that when Imperialism ended, this area would turn into sucha hot-spot.

So, in the end, we've got one huge cluster-fuck caused by the original fuck-up of one race/nation/faction imposing on another. The europeans considered Rwanda "conquered", and thus decided to screw with the people.

Anyone see where I'm going with this? Probably not. Hasn't the US been screwing around with several foreign nations lately? Don't we act like the world's police?

Anyone else scared to all hell about what's eventually going to happen to the US, and the places it's touched in the last 100 years of foreign policy?

I'll catch you all later...I've gotta start getting my move to Luxembourg in order.

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