Interview with Romeo Dallaire

Interview with Romeo Dallaire

Dallaire on why we don’t respond adequately to situations like Darfur and Rwanda. 

Fundamentally, the gain is not there for them and the risks are too high. The gain is not there because the sense of responsibility to human beings is simply not holding water against the self-interested demands imposed by the governments and on the governments by their people and structures. So we’ve simply become more overt with the prioritization of humanity, where some count more than others. And unless there is a gain to be had, then governments will not risk their administrations on potential casualties and difficulties in these complex missions of intrastate conflict in foreign lands.

Read the whole interview here.

  1. #1 by lylem on January 29, 2005 - 12:01 am

    I saw the movie “Hotel Rwanda” last week. It is unbelievable that we are spending millions of dollars and political capital on issues like abortion and Gay marriage when issues like this happen in the world. It is so sad that as human beings we can care so little about others. Especially when the color of thier skin is darker than ours….

    My heart never felt so heavy after watching a movie. I recommend seeing it.

    But….The movie did not give Dallaire justice. Dallaire said that the movie did not give any justice to the 8 UN soldiers that protected them through the whole thing. He also said that Nolte never called him even once to find out what he was like. Dallaire does not even drink.

  2. #2 by Paul Johnston on January 29, 2005 - 1:50 pm

    I don’t think your moral linkage was neccessary lylem. Darfur requires urgent attention simply in of itself, simply because it is happening. Not instead of other worthy moral concerns.

    It is unfortunate, as you mention in regard to the film Hotel Rwanda, that factual liberties are taken in order to heighten drama or bias opinion. Sometimes I wonder if the “fictionalized” accounts rendered by Hollywood as history, do more harm than good.

  3. #3 by Leighton Tebay on January 29, 2005 - 2:18 pm


    The movie does a good job of telling the story without taking significant factual liberties. While many of the characters are directly imported, names and all, Dallaire is not.

  4. #4 by Toni on February 1, 2005 - 4:44 am

    Interesting that there are more comments about Evangelicals or even the best blog than there are about Darfur. Until I came here today I hdn’t really heard anything about Darfur, and what’s happening there.

    LT – I think your conclusion, that the west only works where there’s an interest for, it is correct.

  5. #5 by LT on February 1, 2005 - 5:45 pm


    Pass on the word, this issue is far more important than Michael Jackson’s relationship with little boys.

  6. #6 by Toni on February 2, 2005 - 7:10 am

    There is something masturbatory in the fascination people have shown for MJ’s behaviour. I don’t think many people will notice if we protest – they’re all too busy. 🙁

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