Who was Behind the
by Christopher Black
The eastern Congo is rich with vast amounts of gold,
tantalum, tin, tungsten and - most importantly —
coltan which ends up in virtually all the computers and
cell phones on the planet. (It should
be noted in this connection that the eastern Congo is
just about the only place in the world that this vital
mineral is found.) A 2002 UN panel named 85 major
multi-national companies involved in the rape of the Congo.
Naturally enough, most major US conglomerates deny that
they are involved — either directly or indirectly
— with what's happening there. For example,
Apple's Steve Jobs loudly complained recently to the New
York Times that Apple is not involved in any fashion
with the trade of what has become known as "conflict mineral
wealth" coming from the Congo; but
that's simply not true, according to Global Witness.
The same is true of other high-tech US corporations such
The ugly truth of the matter is, American high-tech
corporations are involved up to their necks in what's
happening in the eastern Congo — specifically, the
de-population of that area of its Hutu population —
and, indeed, all other populations in the region. The
aim of this de-population program is to clear the eastern
Congo of its inhabitants so that these corporations can
have free reign there. The U.S. State Department
and the CIA are the agents through which these giant high-tech
corporations are working; the CIA is, in effect, running
this operation, while the State Department "covers" for
it. The "on-the-ground" forces the CIA is using come from
the RPF [Rwandan Patriotic Front] and Uganda.
The HYPOCRISY of companies such as Apple, Hewlett
Packard, Microsoft, Sun Micro-Systems, etc. is appalling:
all of these companies present themselves to the world
as responsible "world citizens" that are eco-friendly.
But that is simply not the case, and their blatant HYPOCRISY
confirms what Honoré de Balzac said of such "wrong-doers:"
"Behind every great fortune there is a great
The criminals — and that's what they really
are - who run these corporations are the kind of people
about whom Jesus said,
"Woe unto you ... HYPOCRITES! for ye make clean
the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within
you are FULL OF EXTORTION and EXCESS ...
"Woe unto you ... HYPOCRITES! for ye are like
unto WHITED SEPULCHRES, which indeed appear beautiful
outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and
of all uncleanness.
"Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous
unto men, BUT WITHIN YE ARE FULL OF HYPOCRISY AND INIQUITY.
(Matthew 23:25, 27-28)
Is it really possible for sincere
Christians to believe that they can involve themselves
with these individuals (and the companies they represent)
as well as the United States (and its instrumentalities
such as the CIA) to "take the country back for Christ
and the church?"
On August 26, 2010, the French newspaper Le Monde revealed
the existence of a draft UN report on the most serious violations
of human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo over an eleven-year
period (1993-2003). The massive draft report states that after
the Rwandan Patriotic Front's takeover of Rwanda in 1994, it proceeded
to carry out "systematic and widespread attacks" against
Hutu refugees who had fled Rwanda to neighboring Zaire (now the
DRC) as well as against the Hutu civilian population of the DRC
in general. Crucially, it concludes that the pattern
of these attacks "reveal[s] a number of damning elements
that, if they were proven before a competent court, could be classified
as crimes of genocide."
[For information on the background of the kind of carnage that
manifested itself in Rwanda, please see our article, "The
Hamitic Hypothesis: Racial Christianity in the Service of the
Business and Political Elites."]
The draft report was leaked to Le Monde out of the
plausible fear that its most damning facts and charges against
the armed forces of the Rwandan Patriotic Front and President
Paul Kagame would be expunged prior to its official release.
Sure enough, one week later, UN High Commissioner for Human
Rights Navanethem Pillay announced that the official report's
release would be delayed until October 1 "to give concerned
states a further month to comment on the draft," and even
"offered to publish any comments alongside the report itself."
NOTE FROM ANTIPAS:
The Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives explain
U.S. machinations in the Congo:
"Mobutu's [the former dictator of the Congo, then
called Zaire] unlimited greed was his undoing. As
long as he shared the looting with the U.S. [and its European
lackeys], the Belgians, the French, the British, the Dutch
and the various Western corporations which dominated the
Congo economy, the U.S. supported him. But, as
one observer put it, 'when he kept too much for himself
and became an embarrassment the U.S. was ready to see
him overthrown'. In October 1996, the Rwandan army along
with Ugandan troops [all under the
direction of the CIA] invaded Zaire [the Congo]
and by May 1997 had taken over the country and forced
Mobutu to flee. To give the invasion the cover of a local
rebellion, the Tutsi Rwandan forces called themselves
the Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of
Congo-Zaire (ADFL) ... [But] as the Wall Street Journal
admitted, 'Many Africans [correctly
concluded that] the Congo rebellion was the brainchild
of Washington from the very start'. Rwanda and Uganda
are the US's 'staunchest allies in the region'. Paul Kagame,
the Rwandan leader, was
U.S. Army Command
and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth,
trained at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. U.S. Special Forces
had been training the Rwandan army since 1994 in counterinsurgency,
combat and psychological operations. This included instructions
about fighting in the Congo. Rwandan soldiers were also
trained at Fort Bragg, North Carolina (U.S.), in July-August
1996 (just before the invasion), in land navigation, rifle
marksmanship, patrolling and small-unit leadership."
It should be noted that the U.S. took over the Congo
from Belgium in 1960-61 in a bloody coup after the CIA
arranged the murder of Patrice Lumumba, the country's
first elected leader ... The CIA sent Sidney Gottlieb,
its top scientist (under the code name 'Joe from Paris'),
to the Congo with deadly biological toxins to use on Lumumba
... [That plan failed, but Lumumba was later killed by
CIA proxies with a bullet in the head.] In his place the
Agency installed its paid agent Colonel Mobutu Sese Seko
who continued the looting and killing started by Leopold,
for another 37 years." [Please see our article,
"The Congo and American
Greed;" for information on Lumumba's assassination
by the CIA, please see our article, "Assassination
Such an unprecedented offer by the UNHCHR follows from a number
of factors, including the role that Rwandan troops play in UN
peacekeeping operations, and the fact that earlier this year,
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Kagame to serve along
with Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero as co-chairs
of a new Millennium Development Goal Advisory Group. According
to the New Yorker's Philip Gourevitch -- who, after Alison
Des Forges, did as much as anyone to sell the official version
of the 1994 "Rwanda genocide" to the West, and clearly
remains on very friendly terms with the Kagame dictatorship --
"top Rwandan officials [have been speaking] freely and on
the record about their efforts to have the draft report quashed."
As Rwanda's Minister of Foreign Affairs Louise Mushikiwabo confided
in Gourevitch, "If it is endorsed by the U.N. and it's ever
published ... if the U.N. releases it as a U.N. report, the moment
it's released, the next day all our troops are coming home.
Not just Darfur, all the five countries where we have police."
"America's Man" in the Congo.
A THIRD, NO DOUBT MORE DECISIVE FACTOR
IS THAT THE KAGAME DICTATORSHIP IS A CLIENT OF THE UNITED STATES
AND "ACTS AS A MERCENARY FOR U.S. INTERESTS IN AFRICA,"
as Glen Ford observes; the current conflict between this dictatorship
and the UN "THREATENS TO REVEAL THE UNITED STATES' ROLE AS
ENABLER IN THE DEATHS OF AS MANY AS SIX MILLION PEOPLE WHILE
WASHINGTON'S ALLIES (principally, Belgium, France and Britain)
OCCUPIED AND LOOTED THE EASTERN REGIONS OF THE DEMOCRATIC
REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO." It is Washington's ties to Kagame'
RPF, ultimately, as well as London's and Brussels', that public
discussions of the draft UN report should turn the spotlight
on. [For more information on the participation by Rwandan military
forces with those of the United States, please see our article,
"AFRICOM Year Two: Seizing the Helm
with the U.S. in the rape of the Congo: Belgium, France
But this is not the first such report to have been drafted
by the UN -- nor is it the first one to be covered up.
As early as October 11, 1994, Robert Gersony, an employee of
the U.S. Agency for International Development then attached
to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, made an oral presentation
to the UN Commission of Experts on Rwanda. Gersony had
been dispatched to survey the situation inside Rwanda to determine
if conditions were right for a return of the Hutu refugees who
had fled the RPF. Instead he found that the RPF had
been committing systematic massacres of the Hutu population
in Rwanda starting in April 1994 and continuing through the
date of his presentation.
On page 4 of the UN record of Gersony's oral presentation,
"Significant areas of Butare Prefecture, Kibungo Prefecture,
and the southern and eastern areas of Kigali Prefecture have
been -- and in some cases were reported to remain as early
as September -- the scene of systematic and sustained killing
and persecution of the civilian Hutu populations by the [Rwandan
Patriotic Army]. These activities are reported to
have begun, depending on location, between April and July
1994, immediately following the expulsion from each area of
former Government military, militia and surrogate forces.
These [Rwandan Patriotic Army] actions were consistently reported
to be conducted in areas where opposition forces of any kind
-- armed or unarmed -- or resistance of any kind -- other
than attempts by the victims of these actions to escape --
were absent. Large scale indiscriminate killings
of men, women and children, including the sick and elderly,
were consistently reported."
Joseph Kabila of the Congo; President Bush, former US
president; and President Paul Kagama of Rwanda - all
implicated in what's been occurring in the massacre
of Hutu refugees.
In this genocide, the count of ethnic Hutu, both Rwandan
and Congolese, violently eliminated by the RPF [Rwandan
Patriotic Front] since 1990 should be estimated at close
to one million. They died not only through violent force
but primarily due to starvation and other reasons
related to the aggressions inflicted by US trained militias
to clear out the eastern Congo for exploitation by US
and European business conglomerates.
And on page 6 we also learn that "an unmistakable pattern
of systematic [Rwandan Patriotic Army] conduct of such actions
is the unavoidable conclusion of the team's interviews."
The Gersony report is identified in a cover letter dated October
11, 1994, from one Francois Fouinat to Mrs. B. Molina-Abram,
the Secretary to the Commission of Experts on Rwanda.
In this brief letter, Fouinat explains:
"We refer to the UNHCR's briefing to the Commission
of Experts on Monday, 11 October 1994.
"As requested by the Commission, we are forwarding herewith
a written summary of Mr. Gersony's oral presentation and copies
of some field reports sent to UNHCR Headquarters by UNHCR
"We are confident that as agreed by the President of
the Commission of Experts, these documents will be treated
as confidential and only be made available to the members
of the Commission."
I possess copies of these two UN documents from October 1994
because they are part of the evidence-base at the International
Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, where I serve as the lead defense
counsel for Hutu former General Augustin Ndindiliyimana, once
the Chief of Staff of the Rwanda Gendarmerie. The documents
were found by my legal assistant purely by chance while scanning
the prosecution's Electronic Disclosure System, which contains
hundreds of thousands of documents that are not indexed in any
order. My assistant came across them as part of a package
of material organized by Robert Gersony himself while he was
assigned to the UNHCR. It must be assumed that Mr. Gersony
thought the documents relevant, as they affected the fate of
the Hutu refugees.
At the ICTR, the brief cover letter by Francois Fouinat bears
the index number "R0002906." The next 14 pages
of R0002906 contain the Gersony report and are numbered sequentially
with an 'R' -- prefix number used by the ICTR for documents
contained in its Rwanda files.
Because I possess the series of ICTR documents beginning
with R0002906, I also have in my possession an even more astonishing
document the true historical significance of which has once
again been underscored by the leaked UNHCHR report: Namely,
the copy of a letter from Paul Kagame to his fellow Tutsi Jean-Baptiste
Bagaza of Burundi, dated August 10, 1994.
Let me share with you an exchange that took place on November
18, 2008 in the Military II trial at the ICTR.6 What was
said in court that particular day explains how these documents
came to light. I was one of the speakers.
"Mr. President, before I do that -- that takes place,
I have something which I would like to raise of great importance,
"Yesterday my legal assistant found by accident, something,
I think of grave importance for this Tribunal and for the
world. It's a letter from General Paul Kagame dated
the 10th of August 1994 to Jean Baptiste Bagaza, ... in
Burundi. It's marked 'confidential'.
"I didn't have time to make copies, so I want to read
it to you. It has an 'R'-number. R0002905.
It's in French, so please bear with me to make a loose translation.
It says -- it's only one page and it is short:
'Dear Brother Jean Baptiste Bagaza, we have the
greatest honour to extend our sincere gratitude to you
both for your financial and technical support in our struggle
that has just ended with the taking of Kigali.
'Rest assured that our plan to continue shall be pursued
as we agreed at our last meeting in Kampala. Last
week I communicated with our big brother Yoweri Museveni
and decided to make some modifications to the plan.
Indeed, as you have noted, the taking of Kigali quickly
provoked a panic among the Hutus who fled to Goma and
Bukavu. We have found that the presence of a
large number of Rwandan refugees at Goma and the international
community can cause our plan
for Zaire to fail. We cannot occupy
ourselves with Zaire until after the return of these Hutus.
All means are being used for their return as rapidly as
possible. In any case, our external intelligence
services continue to crisscross the east of Zaire and
our Belgian, British and American collaborators,
the rest of Zaire. The action reports are expected
in the next few days.
NOTE FROM ANTIPAS:
The statement regarding "our plan
for Zaire" references the agreement entered into
by the RFP and the armed forces of Uganda with the government
of Kagame to sweep out the population of the eastern
Congo — which at that time consisted mostly of
Hutu refugees fleeing the genocide in Rwanda —
in the interest of giant American and European business
interests who were planning to rape the area of its
profound mineral wealth.
'Concerning the Burundi plan, we are very content with
your work to ensure the failure of the policies of FRODEBU.
It is necessary to paralyze the power of FRODEBU until
the total ruin of the situation in order to justify your
action that must not miss its target. Our soldiers
will be deployed, this time, not only in Bujumbura, but
in the places you judge strategic. Our elements
stationed at Bugesera are ready to intervene at any moment.
The plan for Burundi must be executed as soon as possible
before the Hutus of Rwanda can organize themselves.
'In the hope of seeing you next time at Kigali, we ask
you to accept, dear brother, our most respectful greetings'.
General Paul Kagame
Minister of Defence (signed by his assistant Mr. Rwego)
NOTE FROM ANTIPAS:
FRODEBU is the acronym for the Front for Democracy
in Burundi (French: Front pour la Démocratie
au Burundi). FRODEBU is a socialist political party
in Burundi that is fighting to protect the Hutu refugees
in the eastern Congo from the machinations of the American,
British, and Dutch mercenaries operating in that area
— mainly troops from the RPF and Uganda.
"The importance of this letter if you have grasped it fully
cannot be overstated. It means the attack on Rwanda
from 1990 on was not the prime objective of Kagame and his
was always the prime objective; that their
excuse for the attack on Rwanda about establishing democracy
and return of refugees, was completely false; that the invasion
from Uganda had only one purpose: to clear the path through
Rwanda to Zaire; that the return of refugees, as many witnesses
have stated, was not for humanitarian reasons. It
means that the Americans, British, particularly with Kagame
and Museveni, planned the invasion of Zaire [sic] in 1994,
probably before that. It means that the
excuse given for the invasions of Congo since this letter
was written to clear the 'Interahamwe' or 'genocidaires'
is completely false. No mention is made of 'Interahamwe';
no mention is made of 'genocide'. It appears that UN officials
have been hiding information indicating a conspiracy to
commit a war of aggression against Congo-Zaire, and all
of the war crimes that have flowed from it since. Democracy
was never [America's] concern.
"So, here you have the smoking gun, the letter,
planning the invasion of Zaire with
the Americans and British. And it confirms
our theory all the way through this trial that the Belgians
were involved with those other countries. And
again, there must be -- and this, as a colleague pointed
out, is page 8 of 12. So where are the other
eleven pages of -- what other letters do they have in their
hands? And again, it indicates that these men have
been stitched up, falsely accused, in order to clear them
out of the way so this plan can take place. If this
is published in the New York Times or Washington
Post, the whole picture of the war in Rwanda and the
wars n Congo would change.
NOTE FROM ANTIPAS:
Once again, we remind our readers what the main reason
for this genocide was — clearing the eastern Congo
of its inhabitants so that American and European business
conglomerates could exploit the riches of that region
"So I ask the Prosecutor, once again, where is that
file? And in fact I would like them to produce the
indictment against Kagame because I want to see what he's
been charged with, exactly what crimes and where.
So, again, I ask for this file to be produced and I ask
why they have not acted. Mr. Jallow and Louise Arbour
and everybody else have been protecting the RPF which has
now resulted in millions of deaths in the Congo and continues
up till today and what is going on in Congo now.
"And I state openly that the Prosecution office is
complicit with this invasion of Congo and is responsible
themselves for all those murders in Congo because they've
hidden this for a long time and they could have exposed
it many years ago and stopped the invasions.
"If the international community, that is, other
than the United States and the Britain, had been
aware of what was going on, it would never have taken place.
But they sit there and they accuse us, my client, and the
other officers here of committing crimes, they knew what
they were doing in Zaire. I don't think they can even
shave and look in the mirror in the morning."
"Counsel, having said all of that, why don't you send
this to the New York Times?"
"It will be sent ... whether they publish it I do
In the days after this letter was exposed the prosecution accused
the defence of having fabricated the letter and raised questions
about its authenticity ... The accidental discovery of this
August 10, 1994 letter from Paul Kagame to his "Dear
Brother Jean Baptiste Bagaza" was met with an immediate
reaction by the prosecution, who accused the defence of fabricating
it, pointing out a typo in the letterhead. But this line
of criticism failed, as it was shown that there are other letters
in existence from the RPF on the same stationary, with the same
typo in the letterhead, and these letters are regarded as authentic.
That someone regarded the letter as authentic and dangerous
is highlighted the fact that I was followed by a Tanzanian police
officer the night after I produced it in court and was forced
to complain about this surveillance in court the next day.
Yet the prosecution continued its attacks
on the letter's authenticity, even though the document came
from the files of the prosecutor. And this
important revelation during the Military II trial was never
reported in the mass media -- though I did send it to many journalists,
including the New York Times.
Paul Kagame and his American, Belgian, and British collaborators
must explain the meaning of the letter -- and
in particular, the meaning of the phrase, "plan for Zaire."
God bless you all!
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