The Genocide Debate: Politicians, Academics, and Victims by D. Beachler

By D. Beachler

Neither a case examine of a specific genocide nor a piece of comparative genocide, this e-book explores the political constraints and imperatives that inspire debates approximately genocide within the educational global and, to a lesser quantity, within the political enviornment. The ebook is an research of the ways in which political pursuits form discourse approximately genocide.

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In their book, Cambodia: Starvation and Revolution, Gareth Porter and George C. S. government actions during the Vietnam War, argued that emptying the capital was a justified response to the food and health crises afflicting a city swollen with refugees from American bombing and the fierce combat occurring in the countryside: the only way to unite food and population was to bring the latter to the countryside. Ieng Sary, foreign minister and deputy prime minister of the revolutionary government, asserted in a news conference at the UN that the government did not have the means to transport food to the city.

The KR chiefs were, in Caldwell’s view, organic leaders who learned directly from the peasants: . . ” On the contrary, they always not only stressed the importance of cadres throwing themselves into manual labour alongside peasants, but set a personal example. They scorned material rewards and comforts, fully sharing the lives of the poor. Phnom Penh had no attractions for them, and since liberation they have continued to retain their working offices deep in the rural areas and to take a turn at field work.

The Bengalis were ethnically and linguistically distinct from West Pakistanis. A minority—in this case, Hindus—was thought to be undermining national unity. This minority was identified with a foreign power, India, a nation that had fought two wars against Pakistan. The extent to which Pakistani political and military officers actually believed the ethnic and religious arguments directed at the Bengalis, and the degree to which such statements were cynical attempts to motivate soldiers, is impossible to determine.

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