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Genocide, Human Rights and Intervention. Places at risk for genocide – US Holocaust Museum website. Morality and intervention. When is intervention appropriate? What moral obligations do we have when faced with something like the Rwanda genocide?

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    1. Genocide, Human Rights and Intervention • Places at risk for genocide – US Holocaust Museum website

    2. Morality and intervention • When is intervention appropriate? • What moral obligations do we have when faced with something like the Rwanda genocide? • Is it immoral to send American/UN soldiers to Rwanda tokill (and be killed by) Hutu soldiers and militias? • Is it immoral to NOT send American/UN soldiers to Rwanda? • What about intervening in Iraq under Saddam Hussein? The Democratic Republic of the Congo or Sudan today?

    3. The Genocide in Rwanda • Seeds of Genocide • On Edge of Horror • All Hell Breaks Loose • Killing Continues • Evil on Trial

    4. Are these similar or different? • A government military commits systematic rape during war • A government fails to prevent rapes known to be a systematic problem in a society during peacetime • A government punishes those who do not follow certain reproductive rules • A religion punishes those who do not follow certain reproductive rules • A government forces young women to submit to genital mutilation • Men in society force young women to submit to genital mutilation • Women in society force young women to submit to genital mutilation

    5. If you think we should do something, what should we do? • Military force? • Economic sanctions? • Diplomacy? • Social change and mobilization? • Education? Bi-directional (do Westerners get educated as well as educate)? Are our minds open to change? • For what problems do you use which of these?