Thursday, August 28, 2003

Many holocausts 

While impressive in its details of the Holocaust Museum, Mitch's post "History Calling" (relating to our post on North Korea last night) misses a point when he says
Because it's happening. Again. And, just like the first Holocaust, you're not going to hear about it on the major media until it's far too late.
But genocides and holocausts have been among us for a very long time -- when Hitler laid out his plans for conquest and was told he would be treated poorly by history, he replied, "Who remembers the Armenians?" My father is an Armenian-American and I grew up with the stories of that genocide, reinforced to me the other night while watching my new DVD of Ararat. Reading the work of Rudolph Rummel drives in the simple point: Power kills. Power concentrated in a single man, from Talaat to Hitler to Mao to Idi Amin to Milosevic to Kim Jong Il, kills with an efficiency and alacrity that is quintessentially 20th Century. Between Kim Jong-Il and Kim Il-Sung, Rummel estimates that upward of 1.6 million North Koreans have been killed by their government. Sounds like a lot, but it's only 1% of all murders by government in the 20th century. And over 95% of these murders come from totalitarian regimes, most practicing murderous communism and socialism.

Asking "Where is Mrs. Cho?" is a question that has been asked in other places, with other Mrs. Chos -- about 160 million Mrs. Chos -- for a century.