Facing genocide

It’s funny in a very tragic sort of way, but for some ungodly reason I decided to watch Worse Than War. I’m not sure why. Maybe it was the auction website with German helmets, and my plans to own a German helmet as “a trophy.” The movie made me angry, but not surprised. I’m well versed in the politics of genocide, what drives people to do it.

(Side note: I really shouldn’t be watching something so depressing as I’m trying to claw my way out of depression. Ah well.)

Part of the problem, is us, people that aren’t even involved in the genocide. Watch Devil Came on Horseback. Watch the scene where he showed photos to Arabs, who denied that there were signs of genocide in Darfur. Also, I think about an argument I had once upon a time on the message boards I was admin on about the NATO bombings in Bosnia; the guy was angry about NATO actions, and I had to point out to him that the Serbians were guilty of genocide, and not just their leader. It doesn’t matter that they were mislead, they had to know what they were doing was wrong, yet did it any ways. Worse Than War proves my point with interviews of Hutus that had actually killed Tutsis.

We need to face the fact that the possibility of genocide is within all of us. All it takes is the wrong political leader. In some ways, I worry about it here in the U.S. because of the illegal aliens, an easy outlet… They are outsiders and their cultural isolation make for easy fodder for genocide. Not saying it’s going to happen, but we need to listen for the language of death… Because it’s arrogant to think it won’t happen here.

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