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The enemy of my enemy is my friend

Hissène Habré – Prosecuting and Embarrassing Ally.
Regissør: Magali Serre

MOVIE OF THE MONTH: Anyone who thinks that under certain circumstances it may be morally right to support a tyrannical regime should watch this film.

This article was translated by Google and R.E.

(See the film's link at the end of the article)

Here we present a compelling case study of a person who commits crimes against humanity somewhere very few know – in the former French colony of Chad, a Central African country without its own coastline, with 13 million inhabitants and Libya as a neighbor to the north. The offender is named Hissène Habré, a brutal dictator who ruled Chad from 1982 to 1990. He committed crimes that are all too familiar to anyone involved in genocide and ethnic cleansing: He tortured tens of thousands and probably executed 40 000 people who opposed his regime. Filmmaker Magali Serre suggests that he would never have escaped so long without solid support from the US and France.

Through thorough research, Serre shows how – and why – the Americans and the French strengthened Habré. The explanation lies in the principle that one's enemy is one's friend. In this case, the enemy (to the United States and France, that is) was Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, who was considered a terrorist-supporting threat to the West, especially after being linked to the bombing of a Pan Am plane over Lockerbie in Scotland. . .

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