US Intervention in Genocidal States. What should the US do in the face of genocide? . **All points in this presentation represent the arguments of Samantha Power as told through her book, A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide . US Response to the Holocaust:.
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What should the US do in the face of genocide?
**All points in this presentation represent the arguments of Samantha Power as told through her book, A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide.
“The United States had never in its history intervened to stop genocide...so genocide proceeded unimpeded by US action and often emboldened by US inaction.”
Cambodia, 1975 Rwanda, 1994
Iraq, 1987 Srebrenica, 1995
Bosnia, 1992 Kosovo, 1998
Hard to imagine scale of violence
Society-wide silence of public = indifference
Nature of the violence is seen as inevitable and two-sided
Insist any US response will be futile
If the US would have acted, even in small or belated steps, hundreds of thousands of more lives could be saved. If genocide prevention was made a priority, countless more lives could be saved.
1. Decision to act or not to act would have greater implications than any other major power’s action or inaction
2. Has tremendous capacity to curb genocide without undermining US security
3. Has made an unusually pronounced commitment to Holocaust commemoration and education.
4. Has repeatedly committed itself to preventing the recurrence of genocide.
Respond with urgency
Impose economic sanctions
Set up safe areas for refugees and civilians
Be prepared to risk the lives of its soldiers in the service of stopping a monstrous crime