Alexandre Kimenyi on Genocide Education
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
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I think people should be educated about this phenomenon, that indeed evil can strike anytime. So there have to be some measures for prevention. The first step would be, for instance, to start putting courses in the college curriculum or high school curriculum. Courses on genocide should be introduced. Right now, for instance, I’ve introduced a new course I’ve been teaching for the second time, called Genocide and Holocaust Studies. So at least people know that indeed genocide is a reality; it’s something that can happen anytime. Number two, I think that the UN should have an intervention force which has been trained to stop genocides wherever they happen. Once the force exists, it will be possible indeed to prevent genocides if they occur in any part of the Earth, because the people will be prepared and the UN Security Council will not spend too much time debating whether a genocide is taking place and which troops to send. So there should be a force created specifically to prevent these types of cases whenever a case of genocide takes place, so the UN should send those troops immediately.
I think now we live in a global community. The UN was initially created to deal with world problems, because the United Nations understood that there is an international community, but all of us are human beings. If there’s a massacre somewhere or there’s a genocide somewhere, it’s going to be a threat to humanity. So you can see that indeed genocide is like a virus. If it happens someplace else, it can spread to other places as well. So you’re right, indeed I think that one of the responsibilities of the UN should be to create the police force I’m talking about.