"I raise this somewhat embarrassing UN shortcoming to temper the understandable expectation that we learn from our mistakes, a theme repeated much too often in both the Srebrenica and Rwandan reports. These two disasters for the UN were not mistakes. They unfolded as the result of calculated decisions by the Security Council not to get involved in sorting out someone else's problems, where there was no identifiable shared national self-interests within the permanent five members, or where the risk of casualties was considered too high. These same types of situations will happen again and again, so we might as well get used to the guilt that accompanies our chronically inadequate response."