A June 17 Style review of the film "Shake Hands With the Devil" said of the downing of Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana's plane, "There was a guy, and he did a stupid thing." This assassination, the review continued, "was the match that set off an explosive 100 days of brutal killing."
Although the details have never been fully ascertained, it is likely that allies of Habyarimana's own extremist faction shot down his plane to have an excuse to begin the genocide. The genocide itself was planned months in advance -- as human rights organizations and Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire, commander of the U.N. peacekeeping forces in Rwanda, warned at the time -- and was not a spontaneous outburst of revenge, as such phrases imply.
Similarly, a Metro article of the same day about Paul Rusesabagina's speech to elementary school students said that the students "learned that there was a conflict between ethnic groups in Rwanda."
Another sentence would have served to inform readers that this "conflict" in its genocidal form was engineered by Hutu extremists as a strategy to stay in power and that moderate Hutus in government were the first victims of the death squads.