Friday, March 2, 2012

Why Genocides Exist

Power, hate, political tensions. What do these three things have in common? All common themes, that, when entangled into one, results in mass murders, also known as a genocide. A genocide is defined as: The deliberate killing of a large group of people, esp. those of a particular ethnic group or nation. But how could something so violent and ruthless even happen in our world? One of the main reasons is hate. Take, for example, the genocides that took place in Rwanda during the 90's. Nate Carter writes, "Such a violent and horrific display of actions is nothing short of a political outrage between two groups of people in a country." In this excerpt Nate talks about how two political groups fought and killed in mass numbers just because the two sides didn't like one another and didn't want to see the other group come into power. This is a perfect example of why genocides take place. They almost always happen because of a dispute over power or because one group hates another. It is senseless violence resulting in innocent people being murdered.

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