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Jamsheed Marker on Genocide Education

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Title

Jamsheed Marker on Genocide Education

Subject

Genocide -- Prevention.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Jamsheed Marker, United Nations Special Envoy to East Timor. This video was originally produced by Media Entertainment, Inc., for the 2000 documentary The Genocide Factor.

Creator

Media Entertainment, Inc.

Source

Genocide Factor Collection, Oral History Program, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

Publisher

Tampa, Fla. : University of South Florida Tampa Library.

Date

1999-11-16

Contributor

Marker, Jamsheed

Relation

G36-00048
Tape number: 4109I

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewee

Marker, Jamsheed

Transcription

I think the education of children in terms of genocide is something very important -- but not in terms just of the horrors of the genocide, but in terms of what causes genocide, what brings about genocide, which is basically hatred and unthinking feelings of superiority, and these are something that can be inculcated into a child. And to know that -- to tell the children that, you know, there but for the grace of God go you, and that you are not immune from this and you should be very much aware of what is happening and you should do what you can to stop it.

It's the -- it's a difficult thing, even morally, to fight; and when one talks about, for example, peacekeeping troops, which are sent in in situations of this kind, what do you mean? A soldier is trained for war fighting, and you're sending him there to do peacekeeping, which is exactly the opposite of what he's been trained? Is it easy to deprogram a marine from all the things that he's been taught to do to suddenly say, "You want to become a" -- how do we reconcile the two?

And yet one has to, because I think, as Nietzsche said -- Nietzsche said a lot of rotten things, but he also said some very wise ones. "He who fights monsters should take care not to become a monster himself." Now, how do you do that? I think this is the perennial question on issues like genocide.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

2:27

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “Jamsheed Marker on Genocide Education,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed September 19, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/345.