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The ignorant bystander?Britain and the Rwandan genocide of 1994$
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Dean J. White

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719095238

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719095238.001.0001

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The responsible bystander?

The responsible bystander?

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The ignorant bystander?

Dean J. White

Manchester University Press

This conclusion chapter divides into four sections. It begins with a brief review of how Britain’s relationship with Rwanda has changed since 1994 and how the Rwandan crisis has affected Britain’s attitude towards humanitarian intervention. The second section then addresses the question of why the public and government responded to the crisis; it concludes that the three factors that led to intervention were recognising the humanitarian crisis, believing that intervention would be successful and support for intervention from the Prime Minister. In the third section these three factors are tested by looking at the British response to the recent crises in Libya and Syria. Finally, the chapter finishes by looking at claims that Britain was somehow responsible for the genocide; the chapter concludes that this assessment is simply not fair or accurate.

Keywords:   Rwanda, Libya, Syria, Humanitarian intervention

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