Samantha Power tells a story of a complicated hero, Sergio Vieira de Mello. This UN diplomat walked a thin moral line, negotiating with the world’s worst dictators to help their people survive crisis. It’s a compelling story told with a fiery passion.
“There has to be a role. There has to be the creation of political noise and political costs in response to mass crimes against humanity.”
“This movement stops at America’s borders…it’s not a global movement. It does not have too many compatriots abroad, who themselves are asking their governments to do more to stop genocide. And the Holocaust culture that we have in this country makes Americans more prone to, I think, bring ‘Never Again’ to life. The guilt that the Clinton Administration expressed about Rwanda created a space within our society that was a consensus that what happened in Rwanda was bad and wrong.”
“Governments will never gravitate towards crimes of this magnitude naturally or eagerly.”