Monday, January 17, 2005


Is Our Memory History?

According to US Aid:

"Human Rights Watch estimates that as many as 290,000 Iraqis have been 'disappeared' by the Iraqi government over the past two decades," said the group in a statement in May. "Many of these 'disappeared' are those whose remains are now being unearthed in mass graves all over Iraq."

If these numbers prove accurate, they represent a crime against humanity surpassed only by the Rwandan genocide of 1994, Pol Pot's Cambodian killing fields in the 1970s, and the Nazi Holocaust of World War II.
Let me also add, just off the top of my head:
  • the depradations of Stalin and Mao (tens of millions each)

  • Indonesia in the mid 60's (another million or so)

  • Yahya Khan in Bangladesh, then East Pakistan, 1973, with over a million killed

  • The Congo, where several million have died from starvation & disease directly related to the fighting there
And I'm only trying to think of those where we count in millions.

Too soon we forget.