One of the utmost irrational mistakes of mankind is Genocides. Genocides are consistently repeated throughout all of history. Seventeen million people died in World War I. In comparison, three million people have died during the Cambodia Genocide. In half the time that each major power took to stop fighting.
Pol Pot and his group then waged a war against the current leader’s movement. Because of the recent destabilization in Cambodia, there was an intense support for Pol Pot. Inspired by Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution, he began enforcing radical ideals such as, erasing Cambodia’s history up until
Causes of the Cambodian Genocide The Cambodian genocide took place from 1975 to 1979; it is estimated that some two million Cambodians were systematically murdered by the Khmer Rouge and its followers (Power 90). In Alexander Hinton’s article, “A Head for an Eye” he recounts in details the experience of Gen, a survivor of the Cambodian Genocide. After the Lon Nol government was overthrown by the Khmer Rouge, the Communists began their witch-hunt in an attempt to identify and kill anyone who was associated with the former regime, as well as the educated, the Vietnamese, the Muslim Cham, the Buddhist monks, and other “bourgeois elements” (Power 101). During the investigation, it was revealed that Gen’s father was a teacher–this fact alone was
In the eyes of the law, justice was initially served in the Ariel Castro kidnapping trial because he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole (Glatt 316). However, Castro received better treatment than his victims, and committed suicide one month after his sentence, so the sliver of justice that was originally served, was now an injustice to his captives. Ariel Castro was abused early in his life and felt abandoned when his mother moved to the United States and left him with his grandmother. After four years, Castro’s mother finally moved him to the Pennsylvania, but later relocated to Cleveland. He led a normal teenage life (Glatt 7-10).
The foreign policies changed after the Vietnam war; as a consequence of the division in the American society and the lives lost in Vietnam, the Congress passed the War Power Acts that stated that only the Congress can authorize the use of the military, and only in a situation where the country is in danger (Document 7). Many congressmen that served in Vietnam were less likely to use the military without the American people 's support (Document 8), and Americans ' trust in their government was going through a downfall after the Vietnam war. Besides, many Americans didn’t know what they were fighting for when they were being drafted. Therefore, for the U.S. to get involved in other countries ' affairs, would be more
The Trail of Tears is undoubtedly one of the most inhumane events in U.S history. It all started with the Indian removal act enforced by President Andrew Jackson. The U.S military were ordered to forcefully evict many innocent people and have them walk extremely long distances during excruciating weather. Many Indians dropped dead in the midst of the trail causing grief for the Indians hence, its name Trail of Tears. The Trail of Tears was an abomination for the U.S due to the fact that this act was unconstitutional,caused mass genocide, and the land had originally belonged to the natives.
The Killing Fields offers a look into Cambodia towards the end of the Vietnam War and throughout Pol Pot’s Communist Regime, in which Khmer Rouge, a faction of the Cambodian people, took over the country. An interesting scene occurs when the movie opens with the Americans depicted as aggressors invaders- especially when there are news and depictions of the aftermath of an American bomb landing in a different Cambodian city- a scene that captures the bombings of the countries surrounding Vietnam during the war. However, things quickly change. At first glance, it appears that a faction of the Cambodians- the Khmer Rouge under Pol Pot, is in fact invading its own people. At the same time, however, the journalists/foreigners, the Vietnamese attackers, and even Pran himself can be seen as invaders.
In 1952 the US got involved after Nicaragua solicited U.S. assistance to overthrow the Guatemalan leader, Jacobo Arbenz Guzman. President Truman authorized the shipment of weapons and money to anti-Arbenz groups. But, within five weeks the operation to topple Arbenz quickly fizzled when representatives loyal to the president uncovered the plot and took steps to solidify their power. Later Eisenhower sought to defend American interests abroad with an increase in funds for nuclear weapons and covert operations. After that, convinced that Arbenz threatened U.S. national security because of his alleged Communist sympathies, Eisenhower approved the first-ever clandestine military action in Latin America.
These events have long since caused tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. It is also believed that Kennedy’s choices led to the escalation in Vietnam. He made the decision to overthrow the president of South Vietnam. This led to greater American involvement in this conflict. After this North Vietnam attempted to destabilize South Vietnam.
Genocide is the mass killing of people, usually for religious reasons, but now genocides happen mostly because no one can agree. An infamous example of one of the worst genocides was the killing of Bosnian-Muslims in Yugoslavia. After provinces like Slovenia and Croatia decided to secede from Serbia because of religious reasons, Serbia decided it was time to take action. After examining the political power, death rates, and the sole reason for the Yugoslavia murders, it is clear that the Serbian genocide is one of the worst in history. By looking at how the country was ran, the sheer panic seen in all of the government officials, and the amount of war and lives ruined, it is clear that the Bosnian-muslim genocide in Yugoslavia will always be