Monday, May 01, 2006

"Never Again," Until the Next Time

Remember the "Never Again," line? It relates to the Holocaust. Never again, we told ourselves so often. We would never allow genocide to happen on "our" watch. Never again.

Frankly, who are we kidding? It's happening again. Today. In Darfur. And no one seems to mind that "never again" has just turned into another worthless cliche.

For all of George Clooney's self-congratulatory grandstanding, at least he's trying to do something about it.

Having spent a day in Dachau, the German concentration camp near Munich, one can't help but cry (on the inside) about how little we've seemingly learned.


At 9:24 AM, Blogger codemorse said...

What's truly sad and frustrating is that Darfur is only the latest in a long line of genocidal actions following the holocaust.

Just look at Rwanda, Bosnia, or even Cambodia.

What this seems to teach us is that "never again" actually means "never again - to us. Fuck the rest of 'em and let God sort 'em out."

Which isn't really the lesson I think I wanted to learn.

One thing's for certain, no matter the time-period, our response as a nation has always been consistent - vague, unconcerned muttering and dithering until our real interests become threatened; then launching into the fray.

Self-interest rules all. It might behoove us to consider that fact in trying to deal with the atrocities of Darfur. That self-interest rules everyone. The Nazis. The allies. The everyday citizens.

And instead of bemoaning that fact, we should and can be exploring ways in which to use that self-interest to do a good.

See, as one example, Bono's "One" campaign. Say what you want about the man - he's done more for debt relief and poverty in a few short years than politicians have done in decades. Why? Because he appeals to self-interest.


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