Katrina Lantos Swett, President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice has just released a cold,mean-hearted and accusatory Press Release accusing genocide survivors against the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi of having an agenda to smear “the good name” of Rusesabagina.
And their crime? Calling the Foundation to look into Rusesabagina’s un-founded claims of herioism for allegedly saving Tutsi who had sought shelter at his hotel.
And this, from a child of Holocaust survivors.
She alleges that there is a “script” to the survivors’ pleas for justice, calling it absurd and petty.
She allegs that Rusesabagina has devoted his life to achieve genuine peace and reconciliation. Through the FDLR? By denying the genocide against the Tutsi and advancing the “double genocide ideology”?
And all of a sudden we are told that the funds Rusesabagina fleeced from the survivors was used to pay for their food and bribe INTERAHAMWE to save them. This is painfully insulting and melodramatic.
All of a sudden a Human Rights and Justice organization has become the voice of a genocide denier and negationist. May Tom Lantos rest in peace.
It is NOT the first time the plight of the Tutsi genocide survivors was marginalized, and it probably won’t be the last. But in the end justice will prevail.