argumentative Essay
872 words
872 words

It’s amazing how a small spark of hatred can grow and grow only to become a wildfire causing mass destruction. The horrific acts of humanity, now universally dubbed as genocide, occurred to frequently throughout history, and action for complete and absolute prevention should be taken at all times.
The analysis of this empowering term is fairly self-explanatory when the time is taken to break it down. Linda Jacobs Altman author of Genocide The Systematic Killing of a People claims that in 1944 the Greek word genos, meaning “race” or “tribe” and the Latin cide, which means “killing” were combined to result in the title of genocide. Altman states that today’s definition recognizes genocide as “Acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group, as such”. A similar description has genocide as “A form of one-sided mass killing in which a state or other authority intends to destroy a group, as that group and membership in it are defined by the perpetrator”(Altman). Due to genocide being a worldwide issue, definitions have been known to cause controversy. Countries that represent perpetrators of past genocides often argue, on ridiculous terms, that their actions did not constitute a formal genocide. The breakdown of the word is helpful in the decision making process when determining if acts truly are those of genocide.
There are several aspects to look at when distinguishing a systematic genocide from other humans’ rights violations, and it is not an easy task. The current definition covers a basis of the word, but several other generalizations and details can be concluded to recognize when seeds of genocide are being sown. Genocide The Systematic Killing of a People indicates...

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...ociation of independent countries that have agreed to work together to prevent and end wars” in the article United Nations. Positives are promoted by the UN in attempt to improve global social conditions such as international cooperation, economic development, and humans rights. Problems are to be resolved peacefully and diplomatically rather than relying on force. Lemkin brought forth the idea for the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide; The United Nations adopted it. The agreement states that acts or intents of genocide are considered crimes under international law, and nations need to work to prevent and punish such acts. Author Richard Rupp informs us in his article Genocide that “In 1998, the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda became the first international court to pass a guilty verdict for the crime of genocide”.

In this essay, the author

  • Concludes that there is no early warning system to predict when genocide is going to occur, but it is certainly recognizable once started.
  • Describes raphael lemkin as the "father of genocide" for his efforts in recognizing, defining, and taking a stand against such violations of humans' rights.
  • States that the united nations is an association of independent countries that have agreed to work together to prevent and end wars. lemkin brought forth the idea for the convention on the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide.
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