7. The US and France opened the door to the Sunni uprising, and the question is can we close it
or even want to control the inevitable push toward genocidal ethnic cleansing of the Alawite that will follow the collapse of the Syrian State and Army?
One of the things that has been deeply troubling about Hillary Clinton and Susan Rice's brand of humanitarian intervention is the claim that it's based in the lessons learned in Rwanda, and how the Clinton Administration did little while the Hutu carried out a campaign of genocide extermination against a million minority Tutsi who had previously run the government during and after the French colonial era. This is the same pattern of minority group colonial administration that was established by the French and the British across their empires, including Syria, and it has led to bitter ethnic and religious clashes.
Another frightening Syrian parallel with Rwanda is the incident that sparked the genocide. In 1994, as the Hutu leader was returning from a trip to neighboring Burundi, a SAM-7 missile destroyed his aircraft. MANPADs looted for Libyan arms depots after the overthrow of Ghadaffi are now abundant in Syria. From the Rwanda Genocide Wiki:
On April 6, 1994, the airplane carrying Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana and Cyprien Ntaryamira, the Hutu president of Burundi, was shot down as it prepared to land in Kigali, killing everyone on board. Responsibility for the attack was disputed, with both the RPF and Hutu extremists being blamed. A later investigation by the Rwandan government blamed Hutu extremists in the Rwandan army. In January 2012, a French investigation confirmed that the missile fire which brought down the Rwandan president’s plane came from a military camp and not Tutsi rebels. In spite of disagreements about the identities of its perpetrators, many observers believe the attack and deaths of the two Hutu presidents served as the catalyst for the genocide.
If Rice were truly impacted by the events in Rwanda when she served as the Undersecretary for African Affairs in the State Department, she and Secretary Clinton should have been aware of these terrible parallels as they pushed the strategy or regime change across MENA. The really frightening thing is that she and the other humanitarian interventionists may well be cognizant of these lessons how genocides occur, but enthusiastically followed a parallel road, nonetheless.