Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Friday, April 24, 2015

100 Years Ago

The Armenian Genocide began.

To this day, the Turks deny that it ever happened. Their explanation for killing 1,500,000 people is eerily similar to a rationale offered by Donald Rumsfeld: "Stuff happens [during a war]."

The Armenian Genocide may have inspired the Germans twenty years later: Since nobody tried to stop the Turks from murdering the Armenians, the Third Reich might have concluded that they could kill millions of people with impunity.

The sad thing is that mass killings have been repeated almost every decade or so. The Indonesians murdered about a million of their own citizens, primarily ethnic Chinese. The Pol Pot regime murdered two million of its fellow Cambodians. The Hutu in Rwanda murdered a million or so people. Compared to all of them, the Serbs were pikers.

2 comments:

Sam240 said...

The Germans didn't need the lessons of the Armenian Genocide to get ideas. They did a good job of conducting genocide themselves against the Herero and Nama back in 1904 and 1905.

S O said...

EVERY colonial power was killing coloured people of any kind in droves. There was a huge subjective difference between chasing some 'savages' into a desert during a colonial war and picking hundreds of thousands of fellow nationals to kill them.