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The Need for Rapid Responders

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Title

The Need for Rapid Responders

Subject

United Nations – Security Council.
Genocide intervention.
Timor-Leste.

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Gregory Stanton, Director, Genocide Watch. 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

1999-09-08

Contributor

Stanton, Gregory

Relation

G36-00053
Tape number: 4062B

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Oral History

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Proctor, Cecily

Interviewee

Stanton, Gregory

Transcription

A rapid response force, for example in Rwanda, could have stopped it in its tracks. A rapid response force in East Timor right now, if it were immediately available, could stop it. I mean, we’re not experiencing genocide per se in East Timor, but we are experiencing mass killing. We are in a situation where, if there were a rapid response force that were really credible, it would be a possibility that the UN Security Council might take action. As it now stands, it’s a much more distant policy, because we don’t have such a force. If you don’t have the capability, you don’t entertain the policy. And so that’s one reason why we need this force, so that we would be able to act. I think, for instance in Kosovo, if we’d had a rapid response force, I don’t think the Yugoslavs would have been nearly as willing to commit the genocide that they did there, because we would have been able to send in troops very quickly. Now, once again, it has to be a powerful one. It has to be credible. It can’t just be some weak little force, and it has to be backed up with all the world’s power. It has to be backed up with muscle. If the rapid response force proves not to be enough, then the world’s great powers, like the US, have to be willing to say, “Okay, we’ll send in other troops as well later to back them up.” But having the rapid response force there and ready to act quickly, I think, would be a huge step forward in stopping genocide, which usually starts small and rapidly escalates.

Original Format

Beta tape

Duration

2:42

Citation

Media Entertainment, Inc., “The Need for Rapid Responders,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed May 22, 2019, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/746.