The Genocidal Stain

The Syrian Genocide: A gruesome collection of images of dead bodies taken by a photographer, who has been identified by the code name "Caesar," displayed at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, March 10, 2015. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS
The Syrian Genocide: A gruesome collection of images of dead bodies taken by a photographer, who has been identified by the code name “Caesar,” displayed at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, March 10, 2015. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

This is the 21st century and yet, somehow, we still need to remind ourselves that genocide is wrong, that it is not an acceptable tool to achieve a certain geopolitical end, real or perceived, and that no country or government is entitled to engage in it without consequences and while shielding itself using terms like “domestic affairs” and “national sovereignty.”  It’s disgusting that we still need to debate whether intervention meant to prevent or stop genocide is “wise.”

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A World Without Genocide

My feeling exactly.
My feeling exactly.

There will still be crime and criminal activities: some as old as civilization (e.g., prostitution and human trafficking), some new in form if not essence (e.g., cybercrime). There will still natural disasters, social upheaval, family breakups, poverty and assassinations. There will even still be a need for a limited military action in one hapless part of the world or another.

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