Remembering Genocide

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, in Remembrance of…well here it is people, numerous genocides. Get it, no one offs, not accidents, it’s something we do.

They just keep happening! Still it must be like the weather, who knows why!

That, I think, is the sentimentalist denial of the truths that lay the groundwork for genocide, then the othering begins and it’s a hop, skip and a jump to over a 1 million dead Iraqis… for example. Truth is people, it seeps into being every second of every day, so must our resistance to it be ongoing and constant.

The way our Border agency operates, that’s laying the groundwork.

The way ‘terrorist’ is used to label people, that’s laying the groundwork.

The denial of language when torture becomes interrogation and war crimes are not prosecuted, that is laying the groundwork.

The denial that within all of us to some degree or another lies the potential for absolute evil, that is laying the groundwork.

The reduction of human existence to profit & loss, that is laying the groundwork. That is an ongoing genocide never mentioned, the millions killed because to enable them to live would not have made financial sense, clean water, food, shelter, medicine, a healthy environment. Fuck it, I want a fifth house.

Not thinking for yourself, critically questioning authority and challenging prejudice on a daily basis, that is laying the groundwork.

As for WWII, hatred exterminated Jews, Roma & Sinti, Black and Mixed Race Europeans, GLBT, Mentally & Physically Disabled people, Communists, Socialists, Social Democrats, Trade Union leaders, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Dissenters & Activists, Poles & Slavic Prisoners of War-

Donald Niewyk suggests that the broadest definition, including Soviet civilian deaths, would produce a death toll of 17 million. [1] Estimates of the death toll of non-Jewish victims vary by millions, partly because the boundary between death by persecution and death by starvation and other means in a context of total war is unclear. Overall, about 5.7 million (78 percent) of the 7.3 million Jews in occupied Europe perished (Gilbert, Martin. Atlas of the Holocaust 1988, pp. 242-244). Compared to five to 11 million (1.4 percent to 3.0 percent) of the 360 million non-Jews in German-dominated Europe. Small, Melvin and J. David Singer. Resort to Arms: International and civil Wars 1816-1980 and Berenbaum, Michael. A Mosaic of Victims: Non-Jews Persecuted and Murdered by the Nazis. New York: New York University Press, 1990

6 Responses to “Remembering Genocide”

  1. Mike Says:

    And to back-up another great post (but I wish he’d stop it – I’m getting an inferiority complex) there is a piece on CounterPunch by Paul Craig Roberts who was the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Regan administration.

    http://www.counterpunch.org/

    Quote:

    ‘Truth cannot be spoken in America. It cannot be spoken in universities. It cannot be spoken in the media. It cannot be spoken in courts, which is why defendants and defense attorneys have given up on trials and cop pleas to lesser offenses that never occurred.

    ‘Truth is never spoken by government. As Jonathan Turley said recently, Washington “is where principles go to die.”’

  2. Mike Says:

    And as a secondary comment to the above one on Paul Craig Roberts article on CounterPunch.org: why is it these guys can write these things when they aren’t in power, but as soon as they are in power they start churning out total crap and been as cowardly and abusive as all the other holders of power?

    So many politicians do the same: make perfect sense when they are looking for public office and yet as soon as they achieve it they turn nuts. Or is it all just deceit to get their hands on power and having achieved that they then show their true colours?

    I hate seeing all this cowardice and hypocrisy – it confronts me with the possibility I am as bad as they are. Jeez, now I’m into the existentialist angst bit.

    What is the meaning of life?

    What is the meaning of my life? Don’t answer that. I think I’ll just go back to unthinking prejudice, it’s easier. Later.

  3. Mike Says:

    And (now I have decended into full blown comment rant mode) answer me this -why is it I can go on every bugger else’s blog and churn out hundreds of words in comments and then when I go back to mine I am stuck looking vacuously at an empty post box? Why? Talk about bloggers block. I’ve had a nice off-topic rant I’m off again. I shall look for some other act of political insantity to wind myself up over. It shouldn’t be hard there are plenty about.

    Oh, yeah. As a ps the last time I tried your Noam Chomsky link it was dead.

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  5. RickB Says:

    Mike!
    is the article this one
    http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts01262009.html

    Have read and in fact posting up the Scott Horton link from it. As to why they suddenly start speaking truth, well I guess the charitable version is, they are ok people who though they could do some good through political office and while doing that they compromised on speaking out, when that either failed or simply ended they could then speak truth to power. Or, they are somewhat cowardly and want praise for words after their not so great actions are forgotten. Or…they genuinely have an epiphany and wake up and start spewing forth the straight dope. I think overall the process of attaining power alters people towards moderation/ambition and of course that is to the status quo’s advantage. The plain fact of the money needed is one vital filter to the reigning institutions.

    Thanks for the Chomsky heads up have changed the link to http://www.chomsky.info/ which works and has the stuff the other did too!

    Hmm, now as to blogging, probably shouldn’t say this as it does me out of big long comments which are good. But…I would try taking a post that you intend to comment on and instead link it or excerpt some bits then make the comment as a post on your own blog. You could also still comment on others and also mention you have posted on it back at yours which if done without undue blog pimpage seems fine to me. You see again you are revealing the hidden altruist under your misanthropic coating, contributing all your words to other sites in comments and leaving none for yourself!

  6. Mike Says:

    Yeah, that’s (This: http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts01262009.html) the article. I couldn’t spot a separate url for it so I put up the main page.

    Hidden altruist, man, you’ve really got to see a psychiatrist.

    Now I’m off to have a nosy at what Chomsky has to say. Later.


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