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The Resource Eyewitness to a genocide : the United Nations and Rwanda, Michael Barnett

Eyewitness to a genocide : the United Nations and Rwanda, Michael Barnett

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Eyewitness to a genocide : the United Nations and Rwanda
Title
Eyewitness to a genocide
Title remainder
the United Nations and Rwanda
Statement of responsibility
Michael Barnett
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Michael Barnett, who worked at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations from 1993 to 1994, covered Rwanda for much of the genocide. Based on his first-hand experiences, archival work, and interviews with many key participants, he reconstructs the history of the UN's involvement in Rwanda. In the weeks leading up to the genocide, the author documents, the UN was increasingly aware or had good reason to suspect that Rwanda was a site of crimes against humanity. Yet it failed to act. Barnett argues that its indifference was driven not by incompetence or cynicism but rather by reasoned choices cradled by moral considerations. Employing a novel approach to ethics in practice and in relationship to international organizations, Barnett offers an unsettling possibility: the UN culture recast the ethical commitments of well-intentioned individuals, arresting any duty to aid at the outset of the genocide. Barnett argues that the UN bears some moral responsibility for the genocide. Particularly disturbing is his observation that not only did the UN violate its moral responsibilities, but also that many in New York believed that they were "doing the right thing" as they did so. Barnett addresses the ways in which the Rwandan genocide raises a warning about this age of humanitarianism and concludes by asking whether it is possible to build moral institutions
  • "Why was the UN a bystander during the Rwandan genocide? Do its sins of omission leave it morally responsible for the hundreds of thousands of dead? Michael Barnett, who was a political officer at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations from 1993 to 1994, covered Rwanda during much of the period of the genocide. Based on his first-hand experiences, careful research, and interviews with many key participants, he reconstructs the history of the UN's involvement in Rwanda." "In the weeks leading up to the genocide, the author shows, the UN was increasingly aware or had good reason to suspect that Rwanda was a site of crimes against humanity. Yet it failed to act. Barnett argues that its indifference was driven not by incompetence or cynicism but rather by reasoned choices underlain by moral considerations. Employing a novel approach to ethics in practice and in relationship to international organizations, Barnett offers an unsettling possibility: the bureaucratic culture of the UN recast the ethical commitments of well-intentioned individuals, arresting any duty to aid at the outset of the genocide." "Barnett argues that the UN bears some moral responsibility for the genocide. Particularly disturbing is his observation that not only did the UN violate its moral responsibilities, but also many in New York believed they were "doing the right thing." Barnett addresses the ways in which the Rwandan genocide raises a warning about this age of humanitarianism and concludes by asking whether it is possible to build moral institutions."--BOOK JACKET
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DLC
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1960-
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Barnett, Michael N.
Dewey number
967.57104
Index
index present
LC call number
DT450.435
LC item number
.B38 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United Nations
  • Genocide
  • Rwanda
  • Rwanda
Label
Eyewitness to a genocide : the United Nations and Rwanda, Michael Barnett
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [197]-208) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
It was a very good year -- Rwanda through rose-colored glasses -- "If this is an easy operation ..." -- The fog of genocide -- Diplomatic games -- The hunt for moral responsibility -- brief chronology of Rwandan conflict
Control code
47971571
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 215 pages
Isbn
9780801438837
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2001005561
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Eyewitness to a genocide : the United Nations and Rwanda, Michael Barnett
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [197]-208) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
It was a very good year -- Rwanda through rose-colored glasses -- "If this is an easy operation ..." -- The fog of genocide -- Diplomatic games -- The hunt for moral responsibility -- brief chronology of Rwandan conflict
Control code
47971571
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 215 pages
Isbn
9780801438837
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2001005561
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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