'Never again' and genocide: Do we finally grasp it?

  • Article by: ELLEN J. KENNEDY
  • Updated: January 18, 2013 - 7:10 PM

In response to the 1990s tragedies in Bosnia and Rwanda, there has been a shift from sovereignty to the doctrine known as "responsibility to protect"

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pumiceJan. 18, 1310:53 PM

Would Responsibility to Protect include ratifying a UN treaty which bans discrimination against people with disabilities?

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ruphinaJan. 18, 1311:39 PM

Amazing how he manages to not mention ether Russia or China in his list of genocides, even though each of them killed more of their own people than all the rest of his list combined. Bill G.

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Truckman182Jan. 19, 13 6:43 AM

A small token US force sent to Rwanda would have ended the bloodshed almost immediately. President Clinton sat back and did nothing for over 100 days while massive genocide to took place.

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wa0tdaJan. 19, 13 7:25 AM

Truckman, as easy as it always sounds to send US troops in to "end the bloodshed almost immediately", there is no guarantee that we wouldn't be entering another endless quagmire. It is not the job of the USA to police the world and we have to give up that mindset. Our sons and daughters have given much in these adventures and the taxpayers have been brought to their knees with the expense. And there is little to guarantee success without the rest of the world being on board and participating - doing their fair share for once.

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mwellcomeJan. 19, 13 7:53 AM

wa0tda..." It is not the job of the USA to police the world and we have to give up that mindset" ... So is it the USA's job to sit back and do nothing while millions are slaughtered? we are the most powerful nation on earth. IMHO, we have a moral obligation to help those that can not help themselves. Would you watch your neighbor get beaten to death while you watch and do nothing? Our moral responsibility doesn't stop at our borders.

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eman2001Jan. 19, 13 8:04 AM

Recalling just a few times we stepped in to "save" the people of countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietman. We left or will leave these countries in worse shape than when we came and 100s of thousands have died or been mutilated in the process.

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sundialJan. 19, 13 9:46 AM

Syria?

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wa0tdaJan. 19, 1311:09 AM

mwellcome, No, I would not ignore such problems, but neither would I have us act alone. I would support effective international - UN - involvement. The point is that this is not EVER going to improve if the USA cleans up these messes and allows the rest of the world's slackers to skate by with no responsibility. By the way, if you want to increase the odds that you will be ready to help your neighbor, take a hands-only CPR course. I just completed mine.

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jimjimjimjimJan. 19, 1312:13 PM

Liberals stopped caring about anyone other than themselves many years ago. They turned their back on the world after, at one time, singing "We are the World" and demanding a world without borders. Women in other countries are murdered for being seen in public with men who are not their husbands. Men are hanged if they are homosexual. And yet, liberals care not and look the other way. They claim we are not the worlds police and defer to the United Nations who appoints dictators to women's rights and human rights councils. Those of us with morals believe we have a moral right to intervene. What happened to the rest of you? How did you lose your morals?

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jimjimjimjimJan. 19, 1312:13 PM

Liberals stopped caring about anyone other than themselves many years ago. They turned their back on the world after, at one time, singing "We are the World" and demanding a world without borders. Women in other countries are murdered for being seen in public with men who are not their husbands. Men are hanged if they are homosexual. And yet, liberals care not and look the other way. They claim we are not the worlds police and defer to the United Nations who appoints dictators to women's rights and human rights councils. Those of us with morals believe we have a moral right to intervene. What happened to the rest of you? How did you lose your morals?

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