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Unsung Hero Appointed to Canadian Senate

24-Mar-05 03:01 pm EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Wherever one stands on the issue of (Canadian) Senate abolition or reform, there was one appointment few could debate as being a truly valid and deserved recognition of service to his country: the appointment of Roméo Dallaire.

Dallaire doesn’t consider himself a hero, of course.  Canadian heroes seldom seem to.  As the general in charge of the peacekeeping mission to Rwanda, he cites the massacres that happened under his watch as a personal failure of leadership.  But the challenge put before him would have tested the ethics of any human being.  And not only did Dallaire do the best he could – his moral convictions wouldn’t let him live with himself despite the insurmountable challenge he was presented with for a long time after.

His testament of conscience in a CBC documentary aired a month ago spoke volumes of the cross he had to bear – a trauma he’ll have to live with for the rest of his life.  And of the very real shortcomings of the United Nations’ ability to deliver on some, or (arguably) many of its peacekeeping mandates.

In any case, it’s certainly appropriate that a man of such enduring conscience should be selected to sit amongst those charged with the task of "sober, second thought".

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