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Shake Hands with the Devil by Roméo Dallaire
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Apr 10, 2012

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I generally don't like reading books about war, but I do make exceptions, and this was one of them.

Romeo Dallaire told the story that helped him regain his health, his mental health, following what is likely typical of what people who go to war experience (although never having been at war this is pure surmising on my part).

After reading this book I felt that I could see or guess the mistakes that Romeo Dallaire may have made (trusting the higher ups overseas being one of them), but way more than that I felt the truth come through. Romeo Dallaire speaks his truth in this book.

What a horrible, horrible, crime was committed in Rwanda, witnessed and put aside by us all. We in the world, the privileged world, are shamed in this book. Our leaders don't represent us as they should.

Dallaire speaks a truth that we all need to hear, over and over again.

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