John Loftus on Stopping Genocide
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
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Yeah, I think, as a former army officer, we look at killing. Are they justified killings? Well, that’s justified, there are legally sanctioned killings, that’s number one. But there’s always one bright-line test that runs to distinguish a war crime from legal acts: that’s the killing of children. And I think if you go through and you find any government, any racist group, any group of religious bigots that sanction the killing of children, that that’s a crime repugnant to all of us as parents that we can—it’s the ultimate crime against humanity, the mass murder of children. Can you blame a Muslim baby in Kosovo because his parents are Muslins? What has the baby done? You know, so it’s a simple test, I think. Those who kill children are people who deserve to be hunted for the rest of their lives.
Let me tell you why I’m an Irish Catholic working as president of the Florida Holocaust Museum. All across America for the last thirty years, we raised a generation of bigots, because we haven’t been teaching the good stuff to our kids. We’ve been letting the neo-Nazi groups and the racists reach our children, and they’ve done a brilliant job. You can go on the Internet and find 150 sites that teach children how to hate, glorify Hitler, glorify racism. They have done a marvelous job. Groups like the skinheads are just the tip of the iceberg. There is a whole pyramid of education that’s gone on in this country to revive the old false idols of racism.
If we’re going to stop genocide, there’s two ways. Education is key, so they don’t find the fertile ground for racism and oppression in the future. But in the long run, let’s be realistic. The only way you’re going to stop genocide is if you enforce international law and say that men who murder babies are going to be hunted till the day they die: there are some crimes humanity will never forgive. We started that at the Nuremburg Trial, but then the Cold War suspended international law for fifty years; and now we’re coming back, we’re restarting international trials. And we have to let the Miloševićs of the world know that they will never get away with it, that all of us are going to band together as parents, as human beings, to crush those who slaughter children.