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Preventing Mass Killings

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Title

Preventing Mass Killings

Subject

Genocide intervention.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring David Scheffer, United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues. 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

1999-09-02

Contributor

Scheffer, David
Prior, Cecily

Relation

G36-00066
Tape Number: 4059G

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Prior, Cecily

Interviewee

Scheffer, David

Location

U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.

Transcription

Well, I think the record clearly demonstrates that the international community has not done enough to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity, and that is really our great challenge. I mean, a lot of people sometimes ask, "Well, what is the challenge of this generation? We don't have a World War II as a challenge, nor do we even have the Cold War as a challenge." Well, I firmly believe that our challenge in the larger sense internationally is to prevent these mass killings, these atrocities that are so disruptive of the regions, of the international system itself, and which impose such a tremendous burden and, quite frankly, are just immoral, in the commission of these crimes.

So, if one is looking for a real challenge morally, politically, and militarily for the twenty-first century, then I would pinpoint the stability of societies in terms of preventing atrocities and preventing the mass killings and persecution of innocent civilians that has been all too common during the twentieth century, and unfortunately all too prevalent during the 1990s, which we always thought -- at least the end of the Cold War, there was optimistic thinking that the 1990s was going to be the predicate of an even more advanced twenty-first century with the Cold War behind us. And yet, it has clearly demonstrated that, in fact, it's almost a throwback to the Dark Ages.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

2:14

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “Preventing Mass Killings,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed December 7, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/405.