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The Puzzling Outcry against Rusesabagina’s Arrest in Rwanda

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Picture this: An American citizen has moved to and lives in a foreign country. He becomes a naturalized citizen of his host country, but he has ambitions of one day becoming a US president. He forms a political party and makes a videotaped statement telling the world that he is forming an armed group to seize the US Presidency by force. Members of the armed group make incursions into the US territory, kill civilians, burn down and loot property, and commit a host of other terrorism-related activities. Few months later, with some kind of ruse, the founder of the armed group finds himself in the US and is arrested.

Clearly, the scenario above is implausible in the United States. As improbable as it may seem though, it is, in a nutshell, the story of Paul Rusesabagina’s arrest in Rwanda.

In much of the West, little is known about Rusesabagina’s sponsorship of terrorism-related activities in Rwanda. Since 2004, the man upon whom Don Cheadle’s character in Hotel Rwanda is based has been imagined and celebrated as the Oskar Schindler of the........

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