Sunday, September 1, 2013

Chris Hedges on Responding to Genocide in Syria

Chris Hedges on Responding to Genocide in Syria
Sept 1, 2013 | | Chris Hedges

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges went on The Real News Network to criticize Obama’s use of a gas attack on Syrian civilians last month to attempt to start a unilateral war, an act which Hedges says “illustrates the rise of our imperial presidency.” Early in the conversation with senior editor of The Real News Network Paul Jay, Hedges said:
I believe that one of the primary lessons of the Holocaust is that when you have the capacity to stop genocide and you do not, you are culpable. But there has to be an active campaign of genocide. So we are culpable by not intervening during the genocide in Rwanda, in Cambodia, when Saddam Hussein was wiping out the Kurds in Northern Iraq. But to respond after that genocide is complete as a kind of punishment is for me very short sighted because it essentially involves the United States not in an act of preventing an ongoing or current act of genocide, but in essence taking sides in this civil war.

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