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Thursday, March 03, 2005

Genocide

Today is my 25th birthday, but the topic is a rum one, I'm afraid. Six million Jews died in the Holocaust, and we should quite rightly remember. Five million Africans have died in genocidal attacks in Africa since 1993. How can we be parsimonious about the Holocaust when our government does nothing to intervene and we do nothing to force them to. In 60 years time, people will say to us "Why did nobody do anything?"

Botswana

Sudan

Rwanda

5 Comments:

At 2:18 PM, Blogger UK plc said...

I don't know much at all about Botswana, and only very little about Rwanda. I think it's probably unhelpful to describe what is happening in Sudan as genocidal, because it misses the point of why this mass-murder is being carried out, and mis-informs what the response ought to be. The most helpful piece I have seen on the Darfur situation was by Alex du Waal in the LRB in August: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v26/n15/waal01_.html
Also of use I thought was Justin Podur's review of Douglas Johnson's book about Sudan's civil wars, online here: http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?ItemID=5148

I fear that no one will be reflecting on Western inaction in sixty years, for the same reasons as no one discusses British policy towards the Kurds after the end of WW1. There are some things, Orwell wrote, that "it just would not do to mention." There is no reason for this situation to continue unchanged, but it will take effort, not a natural process of human development.

 
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