In our second of three articles written by Prof Edward S Herman and journalist David Peterson, authors of ‘Enduring Lies: The Rwandan Genocide in the Propaganda System, 20 Years Later (2014), the two gentlemen reveal the names of the men who actually shot down the private jet of former President Habyarimana and his Burundian counterpart, an act that sparked the 1994 Rwanda genocide. They also say Kagame is most likely the most important war criminal in office today. How did they reach this conclusion? Who were the men who downed Habyarimana’s plane and from what side of the warring Rwandan groups did they come from? It is all revealed here today. Read on:
Turning to the mass killings in Rwanda in 1994, the 38 [academics] cite three “untenable claims” made in the BBC2 documentary. The first is a “lie about the true nature of the Hutu power militia.” The second is an “attempt to minimize the number of Tutsi murdered in the genocide.” And the third is an “effort to place the blame for shooting down President Habyarimana’s plane on April 6, 1994 on the Rwandan Patriotic Front….” Taking this last item first: The 38 claim that a “detailed report published in January 2012 by a French magistrate, Judge Marc Trévidic, contains evidence from French experts, including crash investigators, who proved scientifically that the missiles that shot down the plane came from the confines of the government-run barracks in Kanombe….”
This is a blatant case of the selective use of evidence, in addition to being misleading in its own narrow framework. First, two French investigative judges are involved in this inquiry, not one: Judge Nathalie Poux as well as Judge Trévidic. Second, no report, preliminary or final, has ever been issued by Trévidic and Poux. The January 2012 report to which the 38 refer, released by Trévidic and Poux, was not written by them but was compiled by five “experts” who had been hired by the investigating judges to analyze certain data from a ballistics and acoustics point of view.