Rwandan Tragedy, Lewinsky Farce

A surreal juxtaposition, like a rattlesnake in the mailbox, may clarify the mind

I have spent the past few days flipping back and forth mentally between the Clinton-Lewinsky business and a new book by the New Yorker's Philip Gourevitch titled We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda.

The disproportion between the two subjects is grotesque, almost a joke. To crowd Lewinsky and Rwanda into the same viewfinder is not just to discuss apples and oranges but to compare, forgive me, apples and severed heads. Each of the dramas discloses a nation in moral crisis, but as Bill Clinton might point out, it depends...

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