Bonhoeffer asks this question as he considers the Holocaust--looking back at both human depravity and the complicity that keeps "good humans" from acting. What turns all of us into bystanders and benefactors, safe in our homes, content not to rock the boat?
Additional appreciation was echoed by Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa Tom Perriello, who noted that proof
Just this past week, disturbing reports came in about the ongoing violence around the world, and the genocidal violence now taking place in the Central African Republic. As a guest of the State Department, I recently visited Cambodia and later traveled to Vietnam, and was reminded of the tragic history of genocide in the region.
Since the survey began in 2005, four countries have consistently topped the ranking: Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan and Iraq
For his new super agency on "Mass Atrocities" to have any credibility, Pres. Obama should stop playing political games with genocide, recognize previous "Mass Atrocities", such as the Armenian Genocide, and draw appropriate lessons from them.
As the decades pass, regrettably, the incomprehensible nightmare become part of history and seems to be replaced by new nightmares. We seem to be forgetting a lot all the time.
Today is the 60th anniversary of the United Nations' adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For America, this is a reminder of the ideals we stand for and the moral responsibilities we have abdicated for too long.