Opinion by Carol McQueen
My tennis instructor laughs a lot, has four young children and sometimes
forgets Im not as good as he is when he nails a forehand down the
line at what feels like 100 miles an hour.
After nine years of transitional government and development aid, I ask
myself how such a terrible calamity could have occurred.
This question lies at the heart of why I have always sought to learn
more about genocide human rights violations and war crimes. I am a political
affairs officer with MONUC, the Mission de lOrganization des Nations
Unies au Congo, which is trying to end the five-year war in the Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC).
The idea that something could and should have been done in Rwanda in
1994 leads me to a reflection on whether war is sometimes necessary to
bring about peace, stability and the possibility of a better future through
development. With the Iraq conflict underway, it seems right to broach
This is in no way aimed at condoning current U.S. military involvement
in Iraq. Rather, it is an attempt to question the pacifist tendencies
of many development and peace NGOs and of people concerned with such issues.
Every effort must be made to prevent calamities before they occur, but
for the greater good, we must be prepared to contemplate the use of force,
and to put pressure on our governments to use force if and when necessary.
Carol McQueen is an alumna of Concordia and a former news editor of The Link. She won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, where she earned her PhD, and wrote this essay from Kigali, Rwanda. The full version was read by her mother, Jo, at a Lenten service recently in the Loyola Chapel.