The Politics of Genocide

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1. For our discussion of the analytic model that we used throughout The Politics of Genocide, see our Introduction, pp. 15–17. As we describe our basic approach in our Concluding Note (p. 103): The whole structure of the Western establishment’s representation of world events replicates to a remarkable degree a dichotomous treatment that is in strict accord with Western power and policy preferences, and that can be expressed by two general rules: (1) When we ourselves commit mass-atrocity crimes, the atrocities are constructive, our victims are unworthy of our attention and indignation, and never suffer “genocide” at our hands. (2) When the perpetrator of mass-atrocity crimes is our enemy or a state targeted by us for destabilization and attack, the converse is true. Then the atrocities are nefarious and their victims worthy of our focus, sympathy, public displays of solidarity, and calls for inquiry and punishment.

2. In Christopher Gillette and Kim Gamel, “Gadhafi, Libya’s leader for 42 years until ousted by his people, killed as hometown falls,” Associated Press, October 20, 2011; Kareem Fahim et al., “Qaddafi, Seized by Foes, Meets a Violent End,” New York Times, October 21, 2011; “As Libya Closes ‘Painful, Tragic Chapter’, Secretary-General Pays Tribute to Libyan People’s Courage” (SG/SM/13891), UN Department of Public Information, October 20, 2011; and “Key Sarkozy Libya advisor says Gadhafi dictatorship and war are now over,” Reuters Television, October 20, 2011.

3. See UN Security Council Resolution 1970, February 26, 2011; and UN Security Council Resolution 1973, March 17, 2011.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Reflections on the Politics of Genocide vii
  • Notes xix
  • Foreword 7
  • Introduction 13
  • Constructive Genocides 29
  • Nefarious Genocides 39
  • Some Benign Bloodbaths 69
  • Mythical Bloodbaths 95
  • Concluding Note 103
  • Notes 113
  • Index 151
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