Common Patterns to Genocide
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
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Yes, there is a common thread to genocide. It’s this kind of base feeling of somebody who simply wants to completely kill the whole race or the whole group of people, no matter who they may be. And that’s terrible. This has been almost a common kind of feature, if you look around the world: what happened in Cambodia, what happened in Germany, in Nazi Germany, what happened in Armenia, what happened in Rwanda, and what happened in the Congo recently. So, there is a common feature, and that’s very worrying to see that it keeps repeating itself in there.
I do not, for a single minute, think of a reason which can push somebody to go and decide to demolish the whole system of humanity just for any reason. Not at all. I don’t see any, in my view. I cannot see, for example, somebody telling me that because we don’t like white people—example, that someone would say that—we have to see all white people completely killed. Or vice versa: because we don’t like black people, we should kill them. Why? This has never been something which should be accepted by anybody, and should not be today. So, if somebody comes along and says, “My people are going to kill you today,” it’s like this thing that has happened already. And if some people who are there listening to such kind of planned action never say, “Look, you guys are just developing madness: leave that madness alone; do not try to do this;” nobody has even done that. To hear that happening, it’s just unacceptable, and should be fought against wherever it comes, wherever it happens, not only in Kosovo but in Rwanda and everywhere: including the Congo, including all these places where you have that threat hanging on the heads of the people.