Thursday, February 26, 2009

on genocide...


Couple years back, as i remember, you didn't get to hear the word "Genocide" as much. And when you do, the chances are its either something to do with Hitler, WW2 or perhaps the mass killings in Rwanda among few others. Those are the ones ones that sort of got stuck with the word.

The times have clearly changed! From TV Talk Shows to Student rallys, from Blog posts to twitter comments, the word "Genocide" seem to be buzzing these days.

Only problem i see, is that the meaning of the word is just lost on most of these new commentators -specially the ones like MIA, and it's damaging to us when they go on public with shit they should sit down and think through!

An interesting read + vid on this is here.

Wikipedia lists "Genocide" as "is the deliberate and systematic destruction of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group."

Few links that's interesting -at least to me ;) are below.

Terrorism, "the systematic use of terror (imposing fear), especially as a means of coercion."

Twitter Search on genocide.

An article from fbi.gov on the "most dangerous and deadly extremist" outfit in the world.

1 comment:

Robes of a Muse said...

I agree with what you have said. However, it just happens that most people are unaware of what happens around them, unless it is something that it extremely drastic. If am not mistaken, there were about 10 more more genocides in the 20th century alone. While in the 21st century the Darfur has been the first.

Further, it can be safely said that now adays people are more knowledgable than that of people many even twenty years back. The youth, especially keep an eye & ear out for what is happening. Also technology helps in this quest for information. And not to mention people are intersted to be up to date on affairs, be it local or foreign.

Having said that, I do agree that the word if used lightly by some people, and i agree with that name you have provided. I am not sure as to how she came to that conclusion or as to even if she knows what it is. The Wekipedia source is the same definition giving as that of many dictionaries.

So i guess if someone is going to talk about something they really don't know about, it is safer to actually look it up, before making an idiot of oneself. Like some people appearing in media now adays do! :D