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"Right" genocides (i.e. by friends) vs. "wrong" genocides (i.e. by enemies)

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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Feb 1, 2012 at 08:24

Myth wrote :

> What is the ingredient in the countries from Afghanistan over to Libya and on to Mexico that accounts for chaos?<

Evidently, a powerful third party is needed, very interested in destabilizing a region, providing arms, ammunition (and sometimes NATO air forces), money and propaganda for a given party or parties chosen to serve as the tool to carry out the policy of destabilization.

Note how careful the Western, especially the official US media and think tanks that are so vocal in condemning and meticulously enumerating the number of victims of "communist genocides" tend to circumvent or play down irksome topics like the Armenian genocide because it might offend a strategic "ally" that alas happens to have a copious and consistent genocidal record. But genocides by this "ally" and those alike him are "constructive genocides", so who will bother in Washington to ever recognize them, let alone to bring this staunch anti-communist "ally" to justice? Suharto's massacres are another good example of how "constructive" genocide perpetrated by a friend remains conveniently swept under the carpet because it has served a given political agenda nobody in official places will question.

Last not least , no one in the West has ever had the slightest scruples whatsoever about doing business with those they were denouncing as responsible for genocide. After the overthrow of the Khmer Rouge by the Vietnamese the US and the UK actively supported Pol Pot. Because of American and British pressure, the Khmer Rouge retained the Cambodian seat in the United Nations for many years after Pol Pot had been ousted from power.The same applies for the US friendship with comrade Mao despite the latter's genocidal record. Genocide seems to be bad as long as your enemy perpetrates it. Friendly genocides are consider much more liberally.

The notion of "genocide" has degenerated in the West to become a propaganda weapon to beat political opponents with. Political friends may commit genocides and nobody will in earnest blame them or persecute them. Sad to see how low the so called Western moral standards have sunk.

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