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To me the most interesting feature of the Rwandan case is that the ethnic distinctions
were almost nonexistent before European colonization. Although the Tutsi, Hutu and Twa
apparently differed in appearance, they did not emphasize those distinctions within their
culture and the only major distinction for them was their place in the social structure.
And although each group had a regular place in that structure, no solid boundaries
prevented any group from crossing into another. The Europeans emphasized the physical
distinctions—height, size, facial features—and the conflict grew from those

Another feature of the conflict that interested me is that the West failed in its attempt
to make peace and in some cases even worsened the disagreement. The Arusha Accords turned
out to be a complete failure in ending the conflict. The civil war appeared to end with
the agreement, but the Hutu government thought that the agreement was meaningless. I read
in another book that Habyarimana considered it a meaningless peace of paper that he signed
to appease the commission. Another problem with the agreement was that it supported the
Rwandan army—RPF—but excluded what the Hutus believed to be their equivalent army.
Although the Hutu army that was excluded was actually more radical than the RPF, the Hutus
believed that their power was under threat.

Then as tension built, all of the peace-keeping forces failed to recognize warnings that
the Hutu government was planning genocide. UNAMIR, among other groups, received warning,
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