The term “Genocide” has been widely used, from Bosnia-Herzegovina to Bangladesh but is it a weapon of war or a destructive episode that often breeds during conflict?
Genocide is often misattributed to the crimes committed against humanity during the reign of the Nazi regime in Germany. It was the Second World War and every arm of the Third Reich was systematically involved in mass killings of Jews but many of them were senseless killings of people that formed a minority in Germany, all part of an ethnic cleansing process that aimed to remove what the regime termed as “racially inferior” to the Caucasian race.
Many of those “Jews” made their fortune from thuggish involvement and lived lives, rife with corruption, so those were not the senseless killings in the time of the Holocaust – it was the death of innocent Jewish people (such as, Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl, who died in a concentration camp during the killings) that many also associate the Nazi regime with. But under no circumstances was any of it “genocide” only because it involved a lot of killings of “innocent Jews” or the victimization of ‘innocent Jewish people’, even though they formed a part of the German national equation, despite being from a different race and religion.
The United Nations considers genocide to be a very serious crime and it is mostly associated, in the consciousness of many in the West (and the Far East) with the episodes that unfolded in Bosnia-Herzegovina (formerly, Yugoslavia). Further than that, there has also been reports of genocide occurring in Bangladesh during the Liberation War (1971) when Pakistan attacked and mass-murdered many Bengali people because of their desire to become independent from the country and have their very own state.
Following a partition, devised by the British Raj, the West ran an international campaign, which illustrated that Bangladesh was too much of a moderately Muslim country to belong with Pakistan and their cultural differences were too high because Bangladesh had its own identity as a Bengali state of its own, pre-independence; Pakistan and Bangladesh just could not belong together in Western minds, in the early seventies.
There was also the very small matter of how many people in the West thought it was a laughing matter that Pakistan and Bangladesh can be stitched together, with a titanic India stationed geographically, in the middle of the two countries. As a result, this over-populated faction of Pakistan (East Pakistan, formerly) fought a war to liberate themselves from “West Pakistan”, and following, what can only be termed as a violent conflict, the country came to be recognized as Bangladesh, around the globe, as it is today.
Meanwhile, a little later, in 1992 Yugoslavia was one Eastern European nation who really wanted to become independent and it was a cultural attribute that can be connected all the way to the First World War. Because of this desire Bosnia-Herzegovina was eventually born but not before a mass genocide episode happened where a lot of Bosniaks and Crotaian people, many of whom were Muslims, were picked out and killed by Bosnian forces, with widespread support from the Serbian-Yugoslavian army. These genocidal killings happen too frequently, because another of this violent episode was sighted in Cambodia from the period 1975-1979, where a lot of people died because the Khmer Rouge, fronted by Pol Pot, mixed extremism with murder and committed genocide.
Genocide often happens because the killers do not believe that their victims are human beings in totality and if they find a leeway of support from the state, which is pretty often, then the military factions get involved in it. How it works is that the victims are first targeted in the form of “death lists” and then the killers get ready to murder them because these are killers who are trained in the concept of ‘dehumanization’ of one’s soul, because if you had even a shred of humanitarian instinct left inside of you then you will stop yourself from killing another human being, or wishing death upon an innocent person.
The United Nations is authorized to intervene whenever there are reports of genocide occurring, anywhere in the world; these are episodes of mass violence happening in savage conflicts, which pits one group of innocent people, against mass murderers, who sometimes also believe in “ethnic cleansing”. Quite unlike, how Nazis term Jews to be something less/below/worse than inferior human beings, and people who do not deserve a life, or the satisfaction of the knowledge that corruption gets you peace, in this world or the one that is destined for everybody in the afterlife, “genocide” is a war campaign that can never be justified for.