Shake Hands With The Devil is a 2007 documentary about the Rwandan genocide.
The film is based on the book Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda by Canadian Lieutenant General Roméo Dallaire.
800,000 Tutsi were massacred by Hutu Power militants within 100 days. It was the largest mass murder in the shortest period of time in recorded history.
Shake Hands With The Devil is a White guilt fest that blames everyone but the Hutu and Tutsi noble savages in “paradise” for the Rwandan genocide. Dallaire blames himself, humanity, the U.N., the Devil, America, Belgium, the Catholic Church, the West, and White racism for what happened under his command.
Every myth about the Rwandan genocide is recited in this film:
(1) The Belgians created the racial division between the Hutus and Tutsis – This is false. The Tutsis migrated to Rwanda from Ethiopia or the Horn of Africa between the 14th and 16th centuries and had been lording over the Hutus for centuries when the first European explorers arrived in the region in the late 19th century.
The Tutsis themselves took great pride in bringing civilization to the Hutus. It was also the Tutsis who created the centralized Rwandan state and the forced labor system, not the Germans or the Belgians. The Germans and Belgians ruled Rwanda indirectly through a patron/client relationship with the established Tutsi aristocracy.
Belgium also administered the Congo Free State where the same Belgian anthropologists had been similarly active in categorizing the tribes that lived there. Mobutu Sese Seko’s Ngbandi tribe in Équateur migrated to the region from Sudan.
The explosive situation that developed in Rwanda and Burundi (like the Zanzibar genocide in 1964) was due to the caste based society that the Tutsi created there. It didn’t exist in the Congo where migrants from the Horn of Africa had been less successful in transplanting their social system in the malaria infested Congo basin.
The Belgian anthropologists were right. The Tutsis were originally a Nilotic race from the Horn of Africa. This was always obvious from their physical appearance, their own historical traditions, their lactose tolerance, and their lack of the sickle cell gene.
(3) White racism is why the U.N. failed to adequately intervene in Rwanda – This is false. France had been intervening in the Rwandan Civil War for years. Belgium lobbied for a stronger U.N. deployment until its own soldiers were attacked and killed on the ground. The United States was opposed to intervention because of the hangover from the “Black Hawk Down” debacle in Somalia.
Yugoslavia and Rwanda are apples and oranges. Rwanda was a genocide and civil war, but Yugoslavia was really just a civil war with exaggerated claims of genocide surrounding Srebrenica. In both cases, the U.N. failed to stop the civil war and failed to stop the massacre of civilians, so accusations of a double standard are without merit.
(4) The Belgians are uniquely to blame for the Rwandan genocide – On the one hand, the Belgians are demonized for being wicked imperialists who oppressed and exploited noble Africans, and on the other hand for being heartless monsters who renounced imperialism and washed their hands of Rwanda.
If Belgium hadn’t been forced to abandon its empire in Congo and Rwanda, the Rwandan genocide would have never happened, Mobutu wouldn’t have come to power, and the Congo Wars wouldn’t have happened either.
A much stronger argument can be made that the Hutu Power movement was inspired by the Left’s own anti-racist and anti-colonialist rhetoric and seized upon democracy as an ideological tool to justify their domination in Rwanda.
(5) The Catholic Church could have ended the genocide by describing anti-Tutsi hate as a sin – In Rwanda, more Tutsi were killed in churches and hospitals than anywhere else. Some of them were killed by their own priests, their own pastors, their own doctors. Husbands killed their own wives and children. The idea that the Vatican could have ended the genocide with moral suasion is risible.
The Rwandan genocide was a reenactment of the Zanzibar Revolution that was captured by the Africa Addio film crew. In both cases (Tutsis in Rwanda, Arabs in Zanzibar), an oppressed majority rose up and exterminated the hated elite minority in the aftermath of independence. The same thing happened to the Chinese in Indonesia.
OD celebrates Black History Month 2012 by remembering the Rwandan genocide. Black people alone are responsible for the tragedy in Rwanda. If the Walloons and Flemish can live together in Belgium, Hutus and Tutsis could have been inspired by their example to live together in a similar manner.
Rwanda could have been the black version of Belgium or Switzerland. Instead, its own people exercised their freedom to make it the poorest country in the world, at least until they shattered their own record with their intervention in Congo.
Note: I haven’t forgotten Brooks D. Simpson or lost interest in defending Southern heritage. Black History Month 2012 has provided me with the occasion for a brief excursion into Africa and the Caribbean to study the Black Undertow as a worldwide menace to civilization.