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Should reconciliation be mandated in countries with genocidal activity?

Every continent has experienced instances of genocidal activity, especially in the past century. From the Holocaust in Europe to Cambodia to Rwanda to Aboriginal Australia to Native people in the Americas, there have been mass killings and forced migrations and government sponsored injustices against minority groups.

Should countries with a history of genocidal activity be forced to recognize their actions and work towards reconciliation OR is the past best left in the past?

To what degree should the international community be involved in a reconciliation process?

What do we do after the genocide is over?


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    May 17 2011: Oh, definitely. But how do you mandate love ?
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      May 18 2011: it's not about mandating love, it's human rights. A universal God given right to co-exist. For someone to take it forcefully and with malice, is grounds for ultimate condemnation. However, the military as well as subordinates for the rulers that were ruling during the times, were merely following orders. If you put yourself in their shoes, it was either obey orders or be killed. I say try the leaders and preserve the country in order to cultivate a better future for all the nations of the world.
      • May 19 2011: I don't know if you have heard of this or not, but there is a great book called Ordinary Men by Christopher Browning that explores the idea of "kill or be killed mentality".

        I have also heard of a book on the other side (though I haven't read it yet) called Hitler's Willing Executioners by Daniel Goldhagen. It's name is pretty self-explanatory.

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