28 November 2006
Genocide: A Global Issue
The twentieth century has been one of the most productive and innovative of all
time, yet it has also been one of the bloodiest.
One question that must be asked is what
will the twentieth century be remembered for?
Unfortunately, if the answer is the latter, one conclusion remains: there is something
seriously wrong with society and influential governing bodies around the world.
anyone disagrees, let him or her look at Armenia, the Soviet Union, the Holocaust,
Indonesia, East Timor, Bangladesh, Burundi, Cambodia, Rwanda, and most recently,
Sudan as examples of frequent crimes against humanity in the 20
century that have been
carried over to the 21
Ronnie Dugger, author of “To Prevent or Stop Mass Murder”
agrees, that, “We have failed to make enough use, in discourse, social policy, and social
action, of the fact that the mass murder of noncombatants is potentially the most
galvanizing ethical wrong of human life (61).”
His belief is that individual nations
should not expect much help from the UN in the future, and that non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) should ban together in a coalition to fight genocide in the future.
In addition, Saul Mendlovitz and John Fousek, authors of “The Prevention and
Punishment of the Crime of Genocide,” rally for the “creation of a standing police force
to deal exclusively with the crime of genocide (137).”
William Schabas, acknowledges
the complicated issues surrounding Genocide and offers a resolution that rests in the