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The survivor said I’m paraphrasing here”Fifteen percent of the people are merciful no matter what, and fifteen percent of the people are cruel no matter what. The sixty-three million killed by Chairman Mao was not as bad as the twelve million killed by Hitler because it wasn’t against different people than his own.

The possible motives were much more complex than what you may initially think. His idea was that their insulated world of judgement within their own group would keep them honest. One factor, for instance, was the fact that people had to be personally involved in the killings or be perceived as sympathetic to the Tutsis. I had a lot of “But what about? Please help by editing the article to make improvements to the overall structure.

Belgium too followed a pro-Tutsi policy, leading to continuous tensions between the two communities. It was also revealing that they were happy when the “whites”, including diplomats, eventually left the country and they felt free to kill their countrymen without unwanted hatzeld.

I believe the men that they were terrified of the other Hutu killers. Perhaps not even my death will hatzreld it. Hunters of animals turned cheerfully to the work of hunting humans.

At times it was chilling to read, but I pressed on as I was curious to see what drives average people to become crazed genocidal killers. Reading Hatzfeld’s commentary on his meetings in the crowded Rilima Prison, I detect little joy in his work and note his reticence during interviews of genocidaires.


Was it Hatzfeld, for example, who first asked whether killing people was like killing animals or did this analogy originate with the killers? And not a single escape network, although it would have been easy to set one up in the forty kilometers of uninhabited forests between the marshes and the Burundi border” pg I think the reader needs to beware, this is a difficult read.

That format didn’t flow well for me until I began to get used to it halfway through the book. I agree that it is an important issue. That is what the gang of Rwandan killers tell Hatzfeld himself.

Machete Season (A Time for Machetes) – Jean Hatzfeld

I definitely enjoyed the authenticity of hearing from e men themselves. Learn more about Amazon Prime. It tempordaa ever go back to what was. French reporter and longtime resident of the African continent, Jean Hatzfeld, documents the Rwandan Genocide in more detail than any other historian or journalist.

If it was possible to report a more dark and horrifying version of the genocide machetee that provided in books one and two, Hatzfeld finds it, as he documents Innocent’s Rwililiza’s story of survival. Hatzfeld contradicts himself throughout the book, the most notable contradiction being that he asks why more Hutus didn’t try to stop the genocide or try to save more Tutsis, and he implies that barely any did.

The tidbits related to culture were what kept me reading, but in the end they couldn’t save this book, and I can’t really recommend it, as there are far better accounts out there.

Another strange theory of Hatzfeld was that colonisation did not have a big part in the Rwandan genocide. They say this more than once and it is jdan by more than a few killers.

There are two extremes that live within us, Rwanda has always been close to my heart. Since “In a tiny, landlocked African country smaller than the state of Maryland, somepeople were hacked to death, one by one, by their neighbors.

You can’t just go home after you went all that way and face this enormous beast with your gun. Its a book which is unlike any other, written from the point of view of a journalist with very few of his own deductions. I see too many difficulties for us to exchange forgiveness on the hills. Those who say otherwise are half-witted liars. What for centuries had been not an issue suddenly divided into ethnic differences.


You will want to read more slowly, because you fear the words, and you will want to read more quickly, because you desperately want it to end.

A second thing that came out consistently was how every Hutu had to kill or be killed himself. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Just the removal of inconvenient animals who were neighbors last year, and who laughed at your jokes about killing them all someday: Those who did nothing, like the whites and such? When they approach the issue of forgiveness, they see it as a due and do not imagine that it cannot be granted.

It sounds simple to say but that is fucked up and answerable to a lot. Is forgiveness meant more for the perpetrator or the survivor?

Una Temporada de Machetes

But don’t look to his series for a complete historical context or a full examination of the motives of the killers or temoprada previous crimes of the Tutsi people and the colonialists. The anti-Tutsi sentiment that had dominated Rwanda for 30 years now compounded with radio jexn and Interahamwe activism prepared the Hutu to accept the idea of extermination.

Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Personally, all this made me lose faith in the author as someone who is aware of history in its proper context, despite his credentials.

Reading this book, I was reminded of a Holocaust survivor who was asked how something like the Holocaust hatzfeldd happen. Machete Season is a disturbing read. You could get killed yourself if you lagged off.