• President Obama Quote

    And just as we identify with the victims, it's also important for us I think to remember that the perpetrators of such evil were human, as well, and that we have to guard against cruelty in ourselves. -President Obama after his speech Buchenwald concentration camp

Disconnecting the threads: Rwanda and the Holocaust reconsidered

 This article by Rene Lemarchand describes the fact that Rwanda and the Holocaust are in fact horrible genocides but have different characteristics. Both of the events are horrible atrocities and the point is brought up that “human beings are capable of committing the most heinous crimes”.  This idea is really terrible and once again I am struggling with this. That is a tangent however and the main point is the genocide. Both acts of genocide are similar because they are in fact genocide but there are different means and different ends. This simply proves that genocide can happen in many different forms and it is all in the classifying that makes them genocide.

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2 Responses

  1. According to the author, is it the means or the ends that categorize them both as genocide? Alternatively, if it is the case, why does both suffice?

    • Well we can neither say that it is the means or the ends. What the author is saying is that all genocide differs. Many have a relatively similar ends but they are never the same. What I am trying to say is that we have to look at each specific case and then say that genocide has no single clear definition. In order to break down the atrocities at hand, we need to look at all sides of the spectrum instead of saying that genocide can only be if it fits the model created by the Holocaust.

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