The genocide loophole
Extract: "Last week, Russia's lower house of parliament passed a resolution insisting that Josef Stalin's man-made 1932-33 famine -- called the Holodomor in Ukrainian -- wasn't genocide.Jogo sent me this. I'm not sure what my response is. Murder is murder, and mass murder is mass murder. The Holodomor is one of the worst events in history.
Virtually no one, including the Russians, disputes that the Soviet government was involved in the deliberate forced starving of millions of people. But the Russian resolution indignantly insists: "There is no historical proof that the famine was organized along ethnic lines." It notes that victims included "different peoples and nationalities living largely in agricultural areas" of the Soviet Union.
Translation: We didn't kill millions of farmers and their families because they were Ukrainians, we killed millions of Ukrainians because they were farmers.
And that's all it takes to be acquitted of genocide." Read the rest.
But, contra Goldberg, I don't think that all mass murder is necessarily genocide. Is it right to collapse all moral evils under the same terms?
Incidentally, the article references Samantha Power's superb A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, reminding me I still have a post to write about her!