The Loop Hole of Genocide

Blood Lands – Ch. 1-5 Genocide: A World History – Ch. 6   From the very beginning, we knew that the broad and generic definition of genocide wasn’t going to work.  Yet we let the term be defined loosely, intimidated by the Soviet delegation.  Categorized only as a genocide if it effects national, ethnic, religious, ...

The Seven Dwarfs of Auschwitz

27. September 2017 Uncategorized 0
At our first film screening, we were taken back in time by a man named Warwick Davis, a middle-aged, common, dwarf actor.  He was hoping that his documentary could further explain to him what would have happened to “someone like him” during the time of the Holocaust.  More than that, what it would be like ...

Hierarchy N’ Stuff

They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else – Ch. 1-6   Upon reading They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else, the idea of the depth of the hierarchy in certain cultures was very prevalent in my mind.  Specifically regarding the Turks, I felt as though there were quite a few classes ...

Who Was Henry Dunant?

12. September 2017 A Memory of Solferino 0
A Memory of Solferino-   Reading the pages within this short book left me thinking, what kind of man had to be so generous to be willing to give his entire life over to a cause? More than that, Dunant seemed as though it was a natural instinct as opposed to a conscious decision to ...

Human Enough.

08. September 2017 Killing Civilians 0
Killing Civilians – Chapter 7   A group mentality seems to be a driving factor in a large majority of the killings that occur.  When multiple people are participating, it immediately seems more accepted.  Yet when people become caught up in this idea, they tend to forget that those they are slaughtering have lives.   ...

Which Has More Value – A Human Life or Gold?

Genocide: A world History- Chapter 3-4   Imagine living your entire life in peace, only to wake up one day and have your family, land, and livelihood stripped away.  For the indigenous people in the Americas, this became a common occurrence.  As the Spaniards arrived with Columbus, they began to “conquer”.  In all reality, they ...

More Money. More Power. More Killings.

Genocide: A World History – Chapter 2   There doesn’t always have to be a dislike of a certain group for genocide to be committed.  Look at the Mongols for example: They had to have killed at least 30 million people just to grow as an empire.  Within that though, they did not discriminate against ...

Silenced by the Weight of War

08. September 2017 Killing Civilians 0
Killing Civilians – Chapter 2-6   The van is hot and cramped and I am close enough that I can smell the sweat coming off of the man next to me.  There is a woman on my other side.  She has beautiful eyes and cradles a baby in her arms.  I can hear her gentle ...