The 1999 BBC article, Rwanda slaughter 'could have been prevented,' addresses the question of whether or not intervention by the U.N. and several western governments could have prevented the killings in Rwanda.
The United States, Belgium, France, and the United Nations were all warned of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda; however, none of them chose to intervene. During the ninety days of slaughter, over half a million people were killed, but no one acted to stop the killings.
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This Canadian Press article, Dallaire in Rwanda for first time since genocide reports how Dallaire repeatedly told the UN that he needed more troops and a change in his orders to allow those in his command to use force to stop the genocide, but the U.N. did not listen. If the U.N. had sent more troops and changed his orders, Dallaire is confident he could have prevented the killings.
Judging from what you have read, do you think the slaughter in Rwanda could have been prevented if the U.N. had listened to Dallaire? Could he have made a difference?