History Debunked on the Genocidal Brutality of the Hero of ‘Hotel Rwanda’

Simon Webb, the main man of the History Debunked channel on YouTube, has today put up a very revealing video exposing the horrific reality behind the hero of the 1990s film, Hotel Rwanda. Set during the Rwandan genocide, the film told the story of how its hero, Paul Rusavajena, a Hutu, saved the lived of a thousand Tutsis by providing them sanctuary in the hotel he managed. He claimed he did this on his own, but the fact is that the hotel was occupied by UN peacekeeping forces, who were the real protectors of the Tutsis. Survivors have alleged that instead Rusavajeni extorted money from them and gave room numbers to Hutu murder gangs. Despite this a film was made of the events with Rusavajena’s collaboration, which made him into a hero. And he did very well from the film. It was very popular with what Webb describes as White liberals. Rusavajeni became rich and bought two houses, one in Texas and the other in Belgium. However, after the war in Rwanda ended, Rusavajeni was actively involved in the terrorist group, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, which particularly targets women and children in its attacks, and founded his own terrorist group, the FLM. He has been exposed however and arrested. Last week he was tried for his crimes and sentenced to 25 years imprisonment.

Webb tells this unedifying story in order to attack the double standards he believes White liberals have towards Blacks. If a White man commits and assault, he is punished with the full force of the law. If a Black man commits a similar offence during a robbery he is committing, White liberals will attempt to excuse him by saying that he was desperate because he was unable to get a job through racism. And while Webb claims that he believes that all peoples and politicians, whether White, Black or Asian, can be just as greedy, brutal, prejudiced and xenophobic, White liberals believe non-Whites to be somehow far nobler. Thus, if a famine occurs in Africa, Webb wonders whether it is due to the local leader stealing aid money and spending it on guns or hiding it in a Swiss bank account. White liberals, however, will blame it on the international banking system and colonialism. And if Black Africans turn on each other and fight terrible genocidal wars, like Europeans did in World War II and the Holocaust, this should be offset by finding a Black hero, who shows the essential nobility of his people by standing against it. This all shows the low standards White middle class liberals apply to Blacks, and consequently their low and patronising view of them.

Much of the poverty in Africa and elsewhere in the Developing World is due to the West in one way or another. It has been hampered by crippling debts with international banks with resulted in the nations of the Third World making huge interest payments which were far larger than the initial sums borrowed. Africa and other nations like it are kept poor through the neo-colonial agreements made with their former imperial masters during decolonisation. These agreements forced the newly independent nations to concentrate on producing raw materials, such as agricultural products and minerals and prevented them from industrialising. There are a large number of such nations producing the same goods and because competition is great, prices can be kept low. The strictures against industrialisation prevents them from developing industries producing finished products, such as, say, cars, for which they could charge more and diversify their economies.

However, much of the poverty in the Developing World really is through the corruption and brutality of the region’s rulers. Way back in the 1990s the Financial Times stated that the corruption in many African nations was so great that they were kleptocracies, who were only called states by the grace of their western partners. Just how nasty this corruption is was described by a visitor our local church hosted last year from Africa. This gentleman had had a very hard childhood, and was several times at death’s door from starvation. His family had had some property to support themselves at one point, but this was stolen from them. As for xenophobia and racism, many African countries were created by amalgamating territory from different tribes, many of which were historical enemies. Nigel Barley in his book, The Innocent Anthropologist, describes how some Cameroonians would angrily denounce western racism, while sneering and reviling their own country’s Dowayo people whom Barley was researching. They did not, however, regard this as racism. And famine and the looting of western aid money have been used as an instrument of genocide by the continent’s dictators.

Some of you will remember Band Aid, the charity record produced by various western pop stars, and the Live Aid global concert in 1985, organised by Bob Geldof to raise money to help the victims of a terrible famine in Ethiopia. But it’s been revealed since then that precious little money or food actually reached the victims. It was stolen by the Communist military dictatorship to prevent it reaching the victims of the famine, who were part of a tribal rebellion.

As for middle class White liberals viewing Blacks and other non-Whites as somehow nobler, I’m afraid there’s something to this too. This ultimately comes from the myth of the Noble Savage which emerged in the 17th century. This viewed the First Nations of America as somehow more noble than Europeans as they were uncorrupted by civilisation. Diderot and the philosophes of the French Enlightenment produced a similar myth of the people of Tahiti when they were encountered by western explorers in the 18th century. To European intellectuals like Diderot, the people of Tahiti lived a freer, more natural life untouched by the artificiality of European culture. In the 1960s and ’70s one of the currents among western left-wing intellectuals was Third Worldism. Impressed by the experiments in socialism by some Third World governments and the apparent lack of materialism amongst their traditional societies, these intellectuals similarly believed that these peoples were somehow more nobler than those of the west. They looked to them to start the socialist transformation they hoped would soon spread throughout the world

As for the left excusing Black criminality and violence through appeals to poverty and deprivation due to racism, that has also occurred. One of the right-wing YouTube channels last week posted a video showing how the supposedly left-wing American media had provided such excuses when covering the case of a Black man responsible for a racial assault.

Against this is the far more obvious obvious, and far better known negative view of Blacks and other non-Whites, which has resulted in their abuse and exploitation and which still supports continuing discrimination against them in the west. One result of this is that not only may Blacks and some other ethnic groups have a higher unemployment rate and experience greater poverty than Whites, but they may also receive tougher sentences for crimes they have committed.

Rusavajeni isn’t the only supposed hero who has been exposed as a much darker figure than portrayed in film. Oscar Schindler, whose rescue of his Jewish employees from the horrors of the Third Reich was depicted in the 90’s film, Schindler’s List, has similarly been alleged to have been an extremely exploitative employer. And it’s fair to say that many of the great heroes of history are far darker and more morally ambivalent, especially when viewed by modern standards.

Blacks and other ethnic groups aren’t any more or less virtuous than Whites, and should deserve the same treatment. Just as they shouldn’t be demonised, monsters like Rusavajeni shouldn’t be idealised either because of the colour of their skin.

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7 Responses to “History Debunked on the Genocidal Brutality of the Hero of ‘Hotel Rwanda’”

  1. Jim Round Says:

    The guy from this History Debunked channel appears to have black people living rent free in his head.
    The topic of his video certainly merits discussion but like the majority of his videos, they look to have been posted in bad faith and stoke up reactionists from certain parts of society, as the comments on his videos show.
    Your post provides much needed balance with the allegations against Oscar Schindler, and also about the West’s questionable involvement.
    For some reason, I cannot see History Debunked making the same type of video about Oscar Schindler.
    There is also this:
    https://amp.reddit.com/r/badhistory/comments/ikxmpj/racist_arguments_about_african_civilizations_mali/
    Yes, it is Reddit, but one of the commenters says they had what seems to be a reasonable comment deleted by History Debunked.
    This leads me to believe that he is one of those “Free Speech” advocates who believe in it only for those who agree with him.
    He also appears to have left Twitter because someone politely questioned his credentials (he admitted he had none, besides some published books) similar with Facebook, when comments became a bit too much.
    My concern here is that there seems to be quite a lot of this type of YouTuber, who seem to have gained popularity since Brexit, Trump’s election and COVID-19.
    You will see YouTube’s algorithm recommend similar channels as you have watched History Debunked.
    The comments on these channels are full of hatred and anger.
    We need good, responsible journalism now more than ever, we seem to be moving further and further away from this, and that is a worry.

    • beastrabban Says:

      Thanks for this, Jim Round. Yes, I’ve read some of the comments left on History Debunked’s videos and they are extremely reactionary. An awful lot of them really seem to believe in the White genocide conspiracy theory, which holds that the Jews are trying to destroy the White race by encouraging Black and Asian immigration. The ultimate origins of this anti-Semitic myth, as far as I can see, come from American Fascists mixed with home-grown British Nazis of the Arnold Leese type. To be fair to Simon Webb, he has posted videos attacking this conspiracy theory as well as some of the nonsense about the Kalergi plan. Some of Webb’s videos are factually correct, others much less so. For example a day or so ago he put up a video claiming that Africa was in the Stone Age and didn’t start using iron until it was introduced by the European. This is just wrong. I checked with several books on African history I’ve got here, and they said that Iron working started in Nok in Nigeria c. 200 BC and then was taken to the rest of Africa four hundred years later when tribes from West Africa expanded east and south. I intend to put up a piece about that later. And I completely agree – we do need responsible journalism, and this is becoming a rarity.

  2. jaynel62 Says:

    I feel the rationale behind this issue, trying to find ‘Heroes’ as one of people attempting to desperately prove that Homo Sapiens are truly not just another group of ‘Animals’. This then can be used to reinforce the need for those ‘moral’ acts which, in turn, can be used to justify the absolute Immorality of Ruling groups globally

  3. Brian Burden Says:

    My question is, what did the UN actually do to stop the massacres? Sod all, it seems. They did not even do the obvious thing and dynamite the radio-station which was pouring out non-stop incitement to the Hutus to go out and murder Tutsis.There is a pattern here. In 1960(?) UN peacekeepers, called into the Congo by elected leader Patrice Lumumba to quell a rebellion by the Civil Guard, confiscated their weapons on arrival, but shortly afterwards, on orders from above, handed them back! When UN representative Conor O’Brien took serious steps to end the illegal secession of mineral-rich Katanga, he was promptly recalled. Next, UN “peace-keepers” stood by while Katangese troops seized and beat Lumumba – the man who had called the UN in in the first place – and then took him away and murdered him. According to a report in the Sunday Express, UN troops riding in an open truck at the back of a passenger train they were supposed to be protecting, sat tight while rebels stopped the train and massacred the passengers. In 1967, UN peace-keepers occupying the border area between Israel and Egypt withdrew without a demur when Nasser ordered them out so that he could launch an attack on Israel. No thanks to the UN that Israel resisted and prevailed. Has there ever been a conflict where UN peace-keepers have justified their title? Were they in former Yugoslavia facilitating the bloodshed, I wonder? Can’t be bothered to check!

    • beastrabban Says:

      Really good question, Brian. There’s certainly a book to be written about that. Private Eye have reported allegations that recent UN troops in Africa led by India have engaged in atrocities, crime and running prostitutes. As for the overthrow of Lumumba, there’s a review of a book about CIA activities in Africa by Robin Ramsay in the recent issue of Lobster that suggests Lumumba was overthrown so America could retrain control of supplies of uranium from the Congo.

  4. Brian Burden Says:

    On this matter of one rule for Blacks and another for Whites, you might look up a case written up by Paul Foot in the days when Private Eye was a genuinely radical publication in the late sixties or early seventies. It concerned a Black demo. This was back in the days of John Tyndal and Kingsley Reed (remember him?). Reed was prosecuted under the Race Relations Act for an inflammatory speech in which he referred to “wogs and niggers”. The judge instructed the jury to acquit in the interests of free speech and concluded with a fraternal masonic greeting to Reed: “I wish you well”. The Black demo was non-violent, but observing a large and menacing police presence, a chant of, “Kill the pigs!” began. The police arrested the organisers for incitement to violence. The defence argued that “Kill the pigs” was “ghetto rhetoric” and asked a police witness whether a chant of “Fuck the pigs” would have been regarded as an incitement to violence. The officer agreed it would not, and the judge dismissed the case.

    • beastrabban Says:

      Interesting. I’ve heard of the odious John Tyndal but not Kingsley Reed. One of the leaders of the NF, I can’t remember off the top of my head who, was jailed for two weeks in the early 70s for stealing women’s underwear from Marks and Spencer. Which shows you just how bonkers the Nazi fringe were.

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