When Americans suggest the wealthiest members of society might pay a little more tax, they are not unleashing Mao's Red Guards, or Rwanda's Interahamwe. They are debating the relative costs we should all bear for being privileged enough to live in a healthy, safe democracy.
We must keep in mind that while posthumous justice for the victims of genocide is an important consideration, the most critical imperative has been the prevention of future carnages. One need only look at Darfur to realize that this goal is far from accomplished.
Here in Karama, the Tubeho Association, which consists of 76 women and 34 men all afflicted with HIV, decided on honey as not only a logical high-return commodity indigenous to the fertile hills of Southeast Rwanda.
McConnell took it upon himself to critique the work of Gourevitch, one of the first to reconstruct the events of the Rwandan genocide. What has emerged is a tired piece, constructed more from the confines of an armchair than observations from the field.
Due to Rwanda's economic progress, some of which is unfortunately derived from Congolese minerals and "supply side economics," human rights abuses are mere inconveniences to those strictly focused on economic growth.