By Thomas W. Simon
We're understandably reluctant to "rank" ethical atrocities. what's worse, genocide or terrorism? during this publication, Thomas W. Simon argues that politicians use this to govern our feel of injustice by way of exaggerating terrorism and minimizing torture. He advocates for a global legal code that encourages humanitarian intervention.
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The extermination of Jews during World War II) ranks as the worst genocide in recent history. However, even the Holocaust’s highest ranking as the worst genocide does not entail its uniqueness, at least, in any ordinary sense of the term. To give highest status to the Holocaust on the scale of grave injustices does not provide support for its uniqueness. The Holocaust has moral priority over other genocides, which means that Comparing Genocides ● 41 the Holocaust has been morally the worst genocide.
The “nonjustifiability” factor helps to establish the controversial claim that genocide “outranks” slavery. Comparing Wrongs ● 27 Slavery Slavery, according to some analysts, successfully vies with genocide as the greatest moral wrong inflicted upon groups. Laurence Thomas is one of the few theorists to compare slavery and genocide. He argues that American slavery and the Holocaust involved two different types of harms. According to Thomas, the Holocaust was coercive in a way that slavery was not, but slavery was alienating in a way that the Holocaust was not.
Nevertheless, the International Panel of Eminent Personalities to Investigate the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda, created by the Organization for African Unity, concluded that, [B]oth physical and rhetorical violence against the Tutsi as a people began immediately after October 1, 1990 and continued to escalate until the genocide actually started in April, 1994. Without question this campaign was organized and promoted, and at some stage in this period these anti-Tutsi activities turned into a strategy for genocide.