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John Loftus on Stopping Genocide

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Title

John Loftus on Stopping Genocide

Subject

Genocide.
Genocide -- Prevention.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring John Loftus, president of the Florida Holocaust Museum. 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

1999-04-23

Contributor

Loftus, John

Relation

G36-00064
Tape number: 4000G

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewee

Loftus, John

Transcription

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.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

3:00

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “John Loftus on Stopping Genocide,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed December 9, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/587.