Genocide involves the calculated targeting and killing of a specific ethnic group, or any huge deliberate killing of civilians carried out as a consequence of government policy. The word "genocide" was coined by Rafael Lemkin in his 1944 book Axis Rule in Occupied Europe to describe the mass killings of European Jews by the National Socialist regime. (See Samantha Power, A Problem From Hell.)
The term applies mostly to mass killings since the beginning of the 20th century, although throughout history there have been many cases of bloodshed like this. Even in the Bible, there was the Israelite conquest of Canaan, where God instructed them "...do not leave alive anything that breathes. Completely destroy them...as the Lord your God has commanded you..." (Deuteronomy 20:16).
20th century genocides
Major 20th century examples include:
- Communist regimes killed 60 million in the 20th century through mass murder, according to Le Monde, more than 100 million people according to The Black Book of Communism (Panné, J.L., Paczkowski A. et al., 1999). and according to Cleon Skousen in his best-selling book The Naked Communist.
In 1948, The United Nations Genocide Convention defined "genocide":
Article 2 In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such:
- Killing members of the group;
- Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
- Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
- Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
- Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
Article 3 The following acts shall be punishable:
- Conspiracy to commit genocide;
- Direct and public incitement to commit genocide;
- Attempt to commit genocide;
- Complicity in genocide.
The first ever conviction for the crime of genocide was handed down by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the case of Radislav Krstc, a Bosnian Serb general who commanded the forces that killed over 7500 Muslim men and boys at Srebenica.
Darfur and the United Nations
Despite this lip service the United Nations has failed to recognize the events in the Darfur region of Sudan as genocide. Amnesty International, and the African Union likewise only acknowledge the "tragedy" in Darfur but refuse to characterize the situation as genocide. Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) director Jean-Hervé Bradol called the term genocide "inappropriate" and its deputy emergency director Dr. Mercedes Taty said, "I don't think that we should be using the word 'genocide' to describe this conflict."
On a related note, there has been a campaign to get the Vendee massacre to be recognized as a genocide.
- Atheism and mass murder
- French Revolution and Reign of Terror
- Holocaust: Concentration camps and Extermination camps
- Big government Welfare state leads to socialist Nanny state, leads to communist Police state - Don't think Communism is incompatible with Islam in this respect.
- Gun control - key element to create a police state with mass murder, genocide and firing squads.
- Fourth generation warfare
- Anti-Americanism (for American Indian Genocide)
- Carmichael, Cathie. Genocide Before the Holocaust (2009)
- Charny, Israel W. ed. Encyclopedia of Genocide (2 vol. 1999)
- Shelton, Dinah, ed. Encyclopedia of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity (3 vol. 2004)
- China: 65 million deaths; USSR: 20 million deaths; North Korea: 2 million deaths; Cambodia: 2 million deaths; Africa: 1.7 million deaths; Afghanistan: 1.5 million deaths; Vietnam: 1 million deaths; Eastern Europe: 1 million deaths; Latin America: 150,000 deaths; Communist movements or parties not in power: about 10,000 deaths. "Nearly 100 million deaths. Not casualties of war, but civilian slaughter. Deaths in gulags and concentration camps. Deaths from a bullet to the head. Most of all, deaths by starvation - the result either of planned famines, meted out as punishment to internal foes (as in Stalin's USSR), or unintended consequences of policy." Claire Wolfe, Black Book of Communism - Review , Free Republc, (formerly posted on the Pro-Second Amendment Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO), http://www.jpfo.org/wolfe-blackbook.htm No longer available), http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/786293/posts?page=33 Accessed December 3, 2014
- Available at https://archive.org/stream/TheBlackBookofCommunism10/the-black-book-of-communism-jean-louis-margolin-1999-communism_djvu.txt Accessed December 3, 2014. https://www.amazon.com/The-Black-Book-Communism-Repression/dp/0674076087
- father of anti-Communist conservative libertarian survivalist author Joel Skousen
- "In July 2014, the noted [[[African-American]]] surgeon and political commentator, Dr. Ben Carson, appeared on Fox News and said, "The Naked Communist lays out the whole progressive agenda.
- Government forces and militias conducted indiscriminate attacks, including killing of civilians, torture, enforced disappearances, destruction of villages, rape and other forms of sexual violence, pillaging and forced displacement, throughout Darfur. These acts were conducted on a widespread and systematic basis, and therefore may amount to crimes against humanity. War in Darfur