In retrospect, had we suddenly decided that enough was enough and suspended all weapons development programs, it probably would not have made a difference. Not even if we had to resort to throwing rocks at one another. I say this because at the end of the 20th Century, we found large numbers of people doing essentially that. Well, not throwing rocks at one another —but butchering one another with machetes.
The ghastly history of the Hutu and Tutsi conflicts did manage to place a horrific stain on the 20th Century, although as it turned out, not the last one of that century. The Hutu/Tutsi wars began with the slaughter of between 80,000 and 200,000 people by the Tutsis in Burundi in 1972. This was followed up by the Rwanda genocide, in which Hutu militias targeted Tutsis, resulting in a 100-day blood bath, killing between 800,000 and one million people.
Ordinarily I would wonder at the seemingly large disparity in the estimated numbers of dead, but then these estimates came from the United Nations. But in the examination of these events, years after, UN experts constructed one of those post-war “here’s why it happened” explanations. In summarized form, we learned that this tribal conflict had nothing whatever to do with differences in language, or religion. The two languages are very similar, and large numbers in both populations speak French. The people are mostly Christian. There are no known ethnic differences, except that male Tutsis appear generally taller than the average Hutu male. There was one additional similarity: both groups blamed the census conducted by Belgian and German colonists.
According to UN experts, the violence between these two tribal groups is the result of intentionally created class warfare—the exact strategy now used by Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Jesse Jackson, Jeremiah Wright, and Al Sharpton here in the good old USA. And, I suspect for the identical purpose: divide and conquer.
Perhaps now we have a better understanding—a clearer picture of what is going on among the so-called American leadership and the ideologues that manage our black communities. And now we may better understand such things as the so-called knockout game, and the flash mobs making their way across the United States. There were two such incidents in Cambridge, Massachusetts recently, but I suspect that few people even heard about it.
Dr. Thomas explains: “Some in the media, as well as in politics, may think that they are trying to avoid provoking a race war by ignoring or playing down these attacks. But the way to prevent a race war is by stopping these attacks, not trying to sanitize them.”
He’s right. Our citizens will find out about these incidents sooner or later no matter how much effort Obama’s and Holder’s lap dogs expend trying to stifle the information. Trying to hide a problem does not appear to be the mark of a responsible leadership—but neither did I make such a claim. Sooner or later, mainstream society will find out about such incidents, and we should anticipate the likelihood that their reaction could be violent. It is hard to imagine that Boston’s Southies would ignore such attacks, and then what we end up with are two groups (or more) lashing out. We end up with exactly what Obama and Holder (and the others) want: race wars. Suddenly, the violence of the Hutu and Tutsi Wars is not so far removed from ourselves.
Dr. Thomas explains further, “What is politically expedient is to do what Attorney General Eric Holder is doing — launch campaigns against schools that discipline a “disproportionate” number of black male students.” He’s right again. It is a tired old shoe among leftists: continually change the narrative, or, as Saul Alinsky would say, “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”
I want to conclude by recognizing the tremendous accomplishments of black Americans, in a very wide range of human endeavors. With that said, I fail to see how setting aside one short month to recognize blacks over any other racial or ethnic group does anything more than divide Americans further. This may be what Obama and his henchmen want, but it shouldn’t be what the rest of us want. We are, after all, all Americans.