When you think you have heard it all, lies, distortions and outright fabrications, Rusesabagina never fails to shock.
Addressing students at California State University at Bakersfield this week, self-styled hero of “Hotel Rwanda” claimed that the Rwanda genocide was sparked by “Tutsi rebels who shot down the President’s plane killing two Hutu presidents.”
Not once in his two hour presentation did Rusesabagina mention who was doing the killing. But he consistently accused the RPF of doing all the killing and causing a ” Hutu exodus” that angered the population and led to the crimes against humanity in those 100 days in April, 1994.
As is his style, Rusesabagina chooses remote venues where his audience knows nothing about the Rwanda genocide, and therefore he can make his facts as he goes along. Bakersfield is a sleepy little agricultural dusty town where international issues are hardly discussed. And whenever he spots black faces in the audience he becomes uncomfortable and assumes they are Rwandans who have come to hold his feet to the fire.
He vehemently denied any affiliation to the FDLR, an organization that he supports and finances and calls ‘ a liberation movement.” The U.N. and U.S. government have classified the same organization as a terrorist organization.
Admitting that he meets and confers with Nyamwasa, Karegyeya, Rudasingwa and Gahima on an ongoing basis, Rusesabagina shocked his audience by saying that ‘even God meets with sinners.” Realizing the absurdity of his statement, then he added, “but I am not God.”
And we know this un-holly alliance is not meeting to discuss weather !