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CLINTON IN AFRICA: THE BLOOD BATH; Critics Say U.S. Ignored C.I.A. Warnings of Genocide in Rwanda
''Never again must we be shy in the face of the evidence,'' Mr. Clinton said.
A 2,500-member United Nations force sought authorization under the United Nations charter to stop the killing. The United Nations commander in Rwanda at the time, Canadian Maj. Gen. Romeo Dallaire, said last month that if he had had the mandate, the massacres would have ceased.
But the Clinton Administration opposed the move. The United Nations had to learn ''when to say no,'' President Clinton said at the time.
Alison DesForges, author of ''The Killing Campaign: The 1994 Genocide in Rwanda,'' a Human Rights Watch report to be published next month by Yale University Press, said ''the U.S. was the primary stumbling block'' to international action to stop the massacres.
Lionel Rosenblatt, president of Refugees International, said: ''The ball was not only dropped by the U.S., it was blocked by the U.S.''
Mr. Halperin, now senior vice president of the Twentieth Century Fund, a public policy foundation, recalled: ''Nobody was really focused on how serious the situation was until things were out of control. People were saying, 'We're not willing to make the kind of commitment that would really stop this.' People concluded, 'We can't do anything.' ''