>"Sean G." >When the Hutu and Tutsi were hacking each other up in Rwanda any nation in >the world could of intervened and possible prevented the cold blooded murder >of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. .... As a matter of fact, when the UN deliberated to send a stenghtened peace keeping force to Rwanda, the Americans decided against taking a leading role in confronting the slaughter. Instead they made public statements and did use their very considerable influnence to Discourage a response from the UN. (as a result the UN peacekeeping force in Rwanda which could have done something was reduced to 250 ). On the other hand a few sheikhs lose their pants in Kuwait & all hell breaks lose. Angola is another good example where a megalomanic psycho like the UNITA leader jonas savimbi was financed all along by the americans (UNITA controlled the oil & diamonds in angola - the biggest oil companies operating in angola are chevron & texaco...) You really cannot expect other African countries to physically intervene in such scenarios : - firstly - they dont have the resources - secondly - they have enough problems of their own But they do make significant contributions to the UN in peacekeeper roles. I think you misunderstood what Madhu was trying to say - he was talking more along the lines of : can anyone claim to be a world leader when they dont know where the rest of the world is, or make statements like 'we are doing this for world peace...' when its very obvious to every other nation that its about the $$$.