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In article <389160EB.6BCF88C2@city.ac.uk>, Andy Holt   wrote:

>"M.J.Powell" wrote:

>> I assume you are referring to genocide? A new crime so immense that the
>> perpetrators HAD to be tried.

>New crime? - The intent and attempt recurs from the earliest prehistory of
>warfare.

Yes. So perhaps the question should be: "How can we learn from our barbaric
past so we will quit trying to destroy each other?"

What is it, within human beings, that seems to create the belief that not
only _should_ we destroy entire peoples, but that we have the _right_ to, 
whenever we determine it appropriate?

There is no question that it is there, this corruption of life, and that
we should - must - do something about it.

In that sense, the Nuremberg Tribunal which followed World War II served as
a beacon. The message was not, as some might say, that might made right, or
"to the victor belong the spoils," but that mankind had arrived at a
crossroads - one that could lead to a place where our lust for death and
destruction could so disgust us that we decided to make a statement, no
matter how imperfect.

Perhaps that is the lesson of the Holocaust... not that it was unique in
some special manner, but that it was the beginning of our awakening to the
immoral and monumental stupidity of our genocidal past.



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