September 02, 2006

Genocide, Volkerenmoord, Genozid, Genocidio, Génocide

Regardless of the language, "Genocide" has a mind numbing connotation. One only has to look at some of the concentration camps in eastern Europe during World War II, or some of the mounds of skulls in Cambodia following the reign of Pol Pot to understand the anathema the word conjures.


Genocide is defined by the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG) Article 2 as "any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such: Killing members of the group; Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; and forcibly transferring children of the group to another group."

In the last century alone (1901-2000) the following acts of genocide occurred:

Bosnia-Herzegovina: 1992-1995 - 200,000 Deaths
Rwanda: 1994 - 800,000 Deaths
Pol Pot in Cambodia: 1975-1979 - 2,000,000 Deaths
Nazi Holocaust: 1938-1945 - 6,000,000 Deaths
Rape of Nanking: 1937-1938 - 300,000 Deaths
Stalin's Forced Famine: 1932-1933 - 7,000,000 Deaths
Armenians in Turkey: 1915-1918 - 1,500,000 Deaths

The number of citations for "Never Again" are numerous, in fact, each word in this sentence is a separate link to a "Never Again" article.

Yet, here in this day and age, a group of folk are preaching genocide in at least two areas of the world.

First, Iran and it's madman president claims there was no genocide during WWII, (if he said that in Germany, would he be prosecuted? In Germany denial of the Holocaust is a crime) yet, he also says that Iran will wipe Israel off the face of the earth and kill all the Jews. Genocide is actively taking place, also in Darfur where the Janjaweed are activly killing as many African nativists and Christians as possible, while the world stands by. The United States, Russia, France, England, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, South Africa, Brazil, Japan all stand by, watching it happening in Darfur, and afraid to stop it in Iran, either because the Mullah's might unleash that monster or the riots in the arab street might start.

At this stage of the game, who gives a damn? Concepts such as "Never Again" have lost meaning if we don't collectively, as a people, step in and do something. Kofi Annan calls it genocide, but stands by while such stalwarts in human rights as Sudan and Saudi Arabia, Cuba and Ethiopia, are placed on the Commission On Human Rights of the United Nations. The Commission also has some real members such as Germany and England, the United States and Hungary and others, but don't expect any real action there. In spite of the ongoing genocide in Darfur, the commission voted overwhelmingly to censure Israel for essentially taking the war to it's attackers.

Never Again? Well, it's happening again in Sudan at the hands of the Janjaweed and will happen again in Israel at the hands of the insane Mullahs of Iran. And, of course, the UN says self defense is not a human right so, Israel, bend over and get ready.

UPDATE: My friend Gail at Crossing The Rubicon 2 has more including this sad little bit of anti-semitism.

Posted by GM Roper at September 2, 2006 03:26 PM | TrackBack

GM....has the UN even gotten around to clearly agreeing on a definition for "never" yet?

UN headquarters should be relocated to somewhere else, and the US should righteously decline to participate any longer in that circle-jerk of resolutions and negligence any longer. It's a crowd of onlookers, enablers, and criminals...and I'd rather us not even be associated with them. I'd rather not be guilty by association.

I'd rather be guilty of being unpopular.

Posted by QuickRob at September 2, 2006 07:51 PM

The phrase "never again" has changed in meaning in Europe, so that they can still keep both the saying and their politics. It now means "Never again will we elect people like Hitler." Very nice, but not the original meaning.

Posted by Assistant Village Idiot at September 2, 2006 09:31 PM

I raised two children. They were different as night and day even though they lived in the same house, ate the same food and attended the same schools. My job as a parent was to teach them right from wrong and make dang sure they behaved accordingly. I had to take different approaces to each child to ensure this due to their differing natures.

I had to beat it into my son yet, my daughter's sensitive nature required usually no more than a scolding. They both eventually grew up to be kind and gentle people.

World governments and their wildly differing natures require different approaches and the UN, HRW and AI still insist that a stern letter will bring everyone into line. This is folly. And it's folly to keep doing the same thing decade after decade yielding no results from some as they remain belligerent and threatening to not only those around them, but to their own people.

Some of them simply need their asses beat.

Posted by Oyster at September 3, 2006 07:12 AM

"This is folly. And it's folly to keep doing the same thing decade after decade yielding no results from some as they remain belligerent and threatening to not only those around them, but to their own people."

I think that is close to the official definition of insanity, isn't it?

Posted by Vulgorilla at September 3, 2006 08:20 AM

Makes me think:

The UN and "As the world stands by.." are the same thing- the UN, for me- never puts enough emphasis on the important issues. Rather, when a handful of Lebonese people are accidently killed in a raid- all heck breaks loose.

I don't know anymore.

Posted by Raven at September 3, 2006 10:07 AM

I keep thinking that people will come to their senses, but time goes on, and they don't. Ahmadnutjob is now arranging for a Holocaust conference in December to have "experts" come and debate the accuracy of the evidence. He is an absolute lunatic.

Thanks for the link, GM. Take care and good health!

Posted by Gail at September 5, 2006 07:09 AM

Melanie Phillips continues to write excellent posts about the rise in anti-Semitism in Britain, including mention of the above-referenced attack against a 12 year-old Jewish girl on a public bus (more details here - nobody intervened).

She also has just written a most cogent article entitled How Britain is turning Christianity into a crime, again Britain-based but which presages similar actions in the U.S.

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