Here's my "letter to the editor" (which has yet to be published, I'm sorry to say):
Please allow me to add my comments to the discussions surrounding Lieutenant-General Daillaire:
Personally, I've never seen 800,000 people slaughtered (thank God).
Personally, during 23 years of Army service, I was never specifically taught to recognise genocide or pogroms (and somehow I doubt very many other people would recognise it, either, if the truth be told).
Personally, I believe very few civilised human beings could have fully comprehended the magnitude of the events in Rwanda while it was actually happening. Even fewer would have or could have stopped it.
Personally, I think all the "armchair generals" out there with 20-20 hindsight should cut LGen Dallaire some slack.
He is human. He is Canadian. He is a good man who needs compassion, not condemnation.
Dileas Gu Brath.
Mark Bossi, Esquire