“Supporting” Genocide In IraqAugust 12, 2007
Today I stumbled upon a blog post over at Bloodthirsty Liberal: Democrats and Genocide
So here’s the tally: Clinton will allow genocide, Obama will allow genocide, and John Edwards will pull troops out, but if a genocide develops, he’ll put them back in.
This seems to be the new talking point on Iraq; Those who wish to leave Iraq will be responsible for the inevitable genocide that will result. Here’s a month-old post by Jules Crittenden, where I scoped out this comment:
If genocide is NOT happening presently in Iraq (the Times states that it could happen if we leave), then how could keeping troops in Iraq make things worse????( assuming that genocide IS worse than what we have now).
What am I missing?
First off, genocide is probably a loaded word. There are, however, those who claim that it is happening now:
BAGHDAD – Iraq’s most senior Sunni politician issued a desperate appeal Sunday for Arab nations to help stop what he called an “unprecedented genocide campaign” by Shiite militias armed, trained and controlled by.
Genocide? Let’s look at the definition:
gen·o·cide (jn-sd) n.
The systematic and planned extermination of an entire national, racial, political, or ethnic group.
I think the key word there is extermination. To me, it’s always implied a strong force imposing it’s will on a significantly weaker or helpless force. The Shia certainly outnuber the Sunnis in Iraq, but I’m not sure that the goal is extermination or instead to drive them out of Baghdad. The difference between “genocide” and “civil war” goes beyond semantics I think. “Genocide” has a certain “crime against humanity” ring to it, and “civil war” sounds akin to a domestic dispute that wouldn’t otherwise be any of our business. Maybe all war is a crime against humanity? Whatever you want to call it, it appears to be happening now. The real question is whether we can stop it.
What are we doing to stop it, anyway? Calling for a cease-fire? Disarming the militias?
- US confirms it is arming Sunni insurgents
- Weapons, legal and illegal, flood Iraq
- Italy probe unearths huge Iraq arms deal
- US commander says 190,000 missing US guns went to Iraqi forces
But you know, if we leave, it will surely get worse. The real genocide will begin.