Danny Yee (danny@STAFF.CS.SU.OZ.AU)
Mon, 27 Jun 1994 23:29:09 +1000

The only other example of such wholesale slaughter which I know much
about is the killings in Indonesia in 1965/66 (500 000 - 1 000 000
killed in 3 months). Even though we have 30 years perspective on
the latter, the many causes involved are still largely unentangled,
so perhaps it's not so suprising that the Rwandan killings seem
rather mysterious.

Are there any comparative studies of mass slaughter? My gut feeling
is that the Indonesian and Rwandan events have more in common than
either does with (say) the Holocaust, in that neither seems to have
been planned. Are Pol Pot and forced collectivization under Stalin
different again? I know very little about the last two. The whole
subject is a grizzly but clearly important subject; when the causality
is so confused it certainly seems possible that reasonably minor
intervention might have averted catastrophe.

It's been really good to read information on Rwanda from people who
know what they are talking about; please keep it up.

Danny Yee.