- Posted August 23, 2014 by
Fort Worth, Texas
This iReport is part of an assignment:
It's Time to Stop Tiptoeing
Why does the world press insist on tiptoeing around an accurate description of what is happening throughout the world at the hands of radical pathological, sociopathic and psychopathic phonies spouting erroneous ideology and fake philosophy? Okay reporters, commentators, anchors and editors: say it with me now: “MURDER.” “HOLOCAUST.” “CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.” Now repeat it over and over again until it rolls off of your tongues as it should.
If you or I went to any country on the planet and lined up a group of young men, marched them to a ditch and executed them without remorse for no more reason than we disagreed with one or more of their beliefs – just as the Nazis did – it wouldn’t take fifteen minutes for the international press to tell the world that we are murderers who should be tried, convicted and executed without delay. If we captured a group of women and auctioned them into slavery our pictures would be in every news story worldwide to the same outcry. If we forced a group of adults and children into starvation, privation, and death, the result would be the same. So why is the world press having such a difficult time telling it like it is?
There is no “magic number” listed in the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Its Article 2 defined genocide as
• any “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, 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; [and]
• forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”
Each and every part of Article 2 has been openly and publicly violated by the psychopathic murderers currently masquerading across the Middle East as religious zealots. Say it with me now: “MURDER.” “HOLOCAUST.” “CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY.”
Now ask yourself why the more than two hundred (200) countries that are signatories of the Convention have failed and refused to act together to stop these crimes in the sixty-six (66) years since its original passage. Then ask why there has been no outcry – much less action – against the virtually annual slaughter of groups in one country after another since 1948. Oh, there have been two (2) prosecutions.
On December 24, 1949 of 86 to 88 unarmed citizens in Mungyeong, South Korea, all of whom were civilians and a majority of whom were children and elderly people were massacred because they were Communist supporters or collaborators. The South Korean government blamed the crime on communist guerillas for decades. After more than fifty years South Korea’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission concluded that the massacre was committed by the South Korean Army. A South Korean local court decided that charging the South Korean government with the massacre was barred by a five-year statute of limitations and the South Korean high court also dismissed the victim's family complaint. However, the South Korean Supreme court ruled , in June, 2011, that the South Korean government should compensate victims of inhumane crimes it committed regardless of the deadline to make the claim.
Only this year has there been a prosecution for genocide. From 1976 to 1979, millions of Cambodians were murdered and enslaved by the Khmer Rouge. A few weeks ago, Nuon Chea, 88, known as "Brother Number Two," and Khieu Samphan, 83, known as "Brother Number Four," were sentenced to “life” in prison for their crimes against humanity. How long a prison sentence will that turn out to be for two men in their eighties? That “Justice” was over thirty years in coming. What justice is it really?
Contrast those prosecutions with the more than 87,000,000 murders that have gone unpunished:
From 1952 to 1956, Kenya’s Mau-Mau Rebellion resulted in the loss of 10,000 lives. During the same period, Ho Chi Min directed the murders and executions of 200,000 in Vietnam.
In 1956 and 1957, 10,000 citizens in Algeria died. At the same time, Moslem extremists in Algeria slaughtered every male in the village of Melouza, Algeria. From 1957 through 1971 Papa Doc Duvalier was blamed in Haiti for the deaths of 60,000 Haitians. And from 1958 to 1961 Mao Ze-Dong is blamed for up to 78,000,000 deaths.
From 1959 to 1999, Fidel Castro was blamed for the deaths of 30,000 Cubans. During those forty years, there were numerous massacres in South Korea, butchery of 10,000 in Kenya, 200,000 in Viet Nam, murders of 10,000 in Algeria, killings of 60,000 in Haiti, deaths of 500,000 Communists in Suharto, genocide of 1,000,000 in Biafra, Idi Amin’s executions of 300,000 in Uganda, killing of 300,000 in Bangladesh, the genocides of 150,000 Argentinians, 30,000 Chileans, 1,500,000 Ethiopians, 1,700,000 Cambodians, 200,000 in New Guinea, 4,466 in Northern Ireland, 25,000 in Syria, 600,000 in Iran, 20,000 members of the Ndebele minority in Zimbabwe, 2,700 Sikhs in India, 400,000 Taliban murders in Afghanistan, 600,000 deaths in Kurdistan, 220,000 deaths in Liberia, 100,000 in the Sudan, 200,000 in Sierra Leone, 100,000 in Yugoslavia, and 800,000 in Rwanda. These figures do not include numerous individual “massacres” across the world that have resulted In deaths numbering in the hundreds per incident and cumulatively total into the thousands. Yet together they amount to millions of deaths of innocents who died for no other reason than they disagreed with their murderers.
Will people in the Middle East have to wait until 2052 to see murders who are responsible for the indiscriminate deaths of Christians, Jews, other Muslims, Yazidis and other minorities punished?
The obvious question is just how long will the over 200 countries that are participants in the United Nations Convention on Genocide permit such lawless butchery to continue? Hamas and ISIS are not only the current players in the sordid history of Genocide of the last century. Why have the members of the Convention allowed such behavior to go virtually unpunished (except for the two notable, if uncommon, exceptions?
A century of genocide should have taught the Convention participants that there is only one way to stop the annual murders of thousands from country to country. Individually signatories may not have the resources or power to address the issue as is being currently demonstrated across the Middle East (except for Israel). But together the Convention participants can – and should – address the issue with direct and concerted action as it occurs. By banding together, they can provide the overwhelming force necessary to address, confront and capture the perpetrators and participants of genocide wherever it may be happening. And thereafter they can – and should – provide swift and sure punishment to demonstrate to every man, woman and child on earth that murder and genocide is neither acceptable or permissible and will not be permitted ever again. Only then will there be any hope of stopping the pathological, sociopathic and psychopathic slaughter of innocents who have a basic and inalienable right to live out their lives in peace and security wherever they may be in the world.
Now is the time to address the problem once and for all. Say it with me now: “MURDER,” “HOLOCAUST,” and “CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY” – “NO MORE!”.