What if Idi Amin Invades Rwanda Instead of Tanzania in 1978?

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
19,606
SoCal
#1
What if Idi Amin, due to him being the eccentric idiot that he was, decided to invade Rwanda instead of Tanzania in 1978? In this scenario, Idi Amin's goal would be to annex Rwanda into Uganda and maybe even to invade Burundi afterwards if his conquest of Rwanda would be successful.

Anyway, how exactly would an Ugandan invasion of Rwanda in 1978 have played out in this scenario? Also, how exactly would such an invasion have affected political developments in Uganda, in Rwanda, and in (other) neighboring countries in the years and decades afterwards?

Any thoughts on this?
 
Oct 2014
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kenya
#4
Tanzania and Uganda fought because Nyerere sought to oust Amin. The war was practically Amin trying to save himself from ousting.
There was no reason for him to invade Rwanda which was then a backwater like Burundi.
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Amin had insinuated an invasion of Kenya as well lol to reclaim all the way to Naivasha which was the original British map for the "pearl of Africa". That would have been an interesting scenario as this period Kenya is dealing with separationists in the North Eastern Part near Somalia. Plus the Luo community in Western Kenya has great animosity with the ruling community the Kikuyu (original inhabitants of the Kenyan highlands)
 

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
19,606
SoCal
#6
Tanzania and Uganda fought because Nyerere sought to oust Amin. The war was practically Amin trying to save himself from ousting.
There was no reason for him to invade Rwanda which was then a backwater like Burundi.
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Amin had insinuated an invasion of Kenya as well lol to reclaim all the way to Naivasha which was the original British map for the "pearl of Africa". That would have been an interesting scenario as this period Kenya is dealing with separationists in the North Eastern Part near Somalia. Plus the Luo community in Western Kenya has great animosity with the ruling community the Kikuyu (original inhabitants of the Kenyan highlands)
Why exactly did Nyerere want to oust Amin, though?
 

funakison

Ad Honorem
Oct 2012
5,381
Between a rock and a hard place
#8
"His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Alhaji Dr. Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, CBE" had ousted Obote, who fled along with his supporters to Tanzania. A failed counter coup some years later only increased tensions between the two states and Ugandan forces had continual fire fights with exiled patriots along the Tanzanian border. These clashes escalated and following a large scale incursion by Ugandan forces Nyerere mobilised his entire army and ordered a full scale invasion. of Uganda.
 
Aug 2011
4
Mass., USA
#10
What if Idi Amin, due to him being the eccentric idiot that he was, decided to invade Rwanda instead of Tanzania in 1978? In this scenario, Idi Amin's goal would be to annex Rwanda into Uganda and maybe even to invade Burundi afterwards if his conquest of Rwanda would be successful.

Anyway, how exactly would an Ugandan invasion of Rwanda in 1978 have played out in this scenario? Also, how exactly would such an invasion have affected political developments in Uganda, in Rwanda, and in (other) neighboring countries in the years and decades afterwards?

Any thoughts on this?
It would have been hell on earth. The Hutu vs. Tutsi tragedy would have descended on Rwanda fifteen years early and Uganda would have been turned into an even bigger nightmare than it already was under Amin's rule.
 

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