Quotes and Sayings about Genocide



"In Rwanda that genocide happened because the international community and the Security Council refused to give, again, another 5000 troops which would have cost, I don't know, maybe fifty, a hundred, million dollars."
- Lakhdar Brahimi
(Related: Community, Genocide, Security, Troops)

"But if Russia is to be part of this larger zone of peace it cannot bring into it its imperial baggage. It cannot bring into it a policy of genocide against the Chechens, and cannot kill journalists, and it cannot repress the mass media."
- Zbigniew Brzezinski
(Related: Peace, Policy, Genocide, Media, Russia, Zone)

"The United Nations was founded in the aftermath of World War II, just as the world was beginning to learn the full horrors of history's worst genocide, the Holocaust that consumed 6 million Jews and 3 million others in Europe."
- Linda Chavez
(Related: War, History, Beginning, Europe, Genocide, Nations, United, World, World war)

"Cheney, Cheney, you can't hide, we charge you with genocide."
- Dick Cheney
(Related: Genocide)

"Words without deeds violates the moral and legal obligation we have under the genocide convention but, more importantly, violates our sense of right and wrong and the standards we have as human beings about looking to care for one another."
- Jon Corzine
(Related: Legal, Care, Deeds, Genocide, Obligation, Right, Sense, Words, Wrong)

"'Never again' is the rallying cry for all who believe that mankind must speak out against genocide."
- Jon Corzine
(Related: Genocide, Mankind)

"With faith and courage, generations of Armenians have overcome great suffering and proudly preserved their culture, traditions, and religion and have told the story of the genocide to an often indifferent world."
- Jerry Costello
(Related: Faith, Religion, Courage, Culture, Generations, Genocide, Suffering, Traditions, World)

"This was a tragic event in human history, but by paying tribute to the Armenian community we ensure the lessons of the Armenian genocide are properly understood and acknowledged."
- Jerry Costello
(Related: History, Community, Genocide, Tribute)

"Mr. Speaker, genocide is the most potent of all crimes against humanity because it is an effort to systematically wipe out a people and a culture as well as individual lives."
- Jerry Costello
(Related: People, Culture, Effort, Genocide, Humanity)

"We study the injustices of history for the same reason that we study genocide, and for the same reason that psychologists study the minds of murderers and rapists... to understand how those evil things came about."
- Jared Diamond
(Related: History, Evil, Genocide, Reason, Study)

"Genocide begins, however improbably, in the conviction that classes of biological distinction indisputably sanction social and political discrimination."
- Andrea Dworkin
(Related: Conviction, Discrimination, Genocide)

"You can talk about Holocaust denial, but it's really marginal for the most part. What is compelling about the Armenian genocide, is how it has been forgotten."
- Atom Egoyan
(Related: Denial, Genocide, Talk)

"Thanksgiving is nothing but a toast to genocide."
- Stephen Evans
(Related: Genocide, Nothing, Thanksgiving)

"If Turkey is prepared to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, then its leaders can proceed immediately to direct dialogue with its counterparts in Armenia to define a common vision for the future."
- Mark Foley
(Related: Vision, Future, Genocide, Leaders, Turkey)

"We were not realizing that, with just a machete, you can do a genocide."
- Boutros Boutros Ghali
(Related: Genocide)

"But at the beginning, our definition of the genocide was what happened to Armenia in 1917 or 1919, it's happened to the Jew in Europe, and we were not realizing - In our point of view, they have not the tools to do a genocide."
- Boutros Boutros Ghali
(Related: Beginning, Europe, Genocide, Tools)

"For us, genocide was the gas chamber - what happened in Germany. We were not able to realize that with the machete you can create a genocide."
- Boutros Boutros Ghali
(Related: Genocide, Germany)

"A genocide in Africa has not received the same attention that genocide in Europe or genocide in Turkey or genocide in other part of the world. There is still this kind of basic discrimination against the African people and the African problems."
- Boutros Boutros Ghali
(Related: People, African, Attention, Discrimination, Europe, Genocide, Problems, Turkey, World)

"I was employed as an investigator and my particular team, we were investigating the role of the business community in the genocide and we identified a bunch of leaders of the business community and I investigated two people."
- Tony Greig
(Related: Business, People, Community, Genocide, Leaders)

"Nearly 60 years ago, the international community made a commitment to put an end to the crime of genocide by ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide."
- Alcee Hastings
(Related: Commitment, Community, Crime, End, Genocide, Nations, Prevention, Punishment, United, Years)

"Land of opportunity, land for the huddled masses where would the opportunity have been without the genocide of those Old Guard, bristling Indian tribes?"
- Edward Hoagland
(Related: Opportunity, Genocide, Land, Old)

"In the case of Iraq, notwithstanding the violence there at the moment, the very fact that a hideous regime - responsible for genocide, for the use of chemical and biological weapons, aggression against two neighbors - has been removed in itself is a positive development."
- Jose Ramos Horta
(Related: Development, Positive, Aggression, Fact, Genocide, Iraq, Neighbors, Violence, Weapons)

"I believe the only time when we can call for intervention is when there is an ongoing genocide."
- Bianca Jagger
(Related: Time, Genocide)

"Governments are mandated by international law to protect people from genocide."
- Bianca Jagger
(Related: People, Genocide, Law)

"Moreover, as the leadership of the House confirmed last year, the Administration remains opposed to a congressional resolution on the Armenian Genocide due to Turkish objections. This approach sends absolutely the wrong signal to Turkey and to the rest of the world."
- Patrick J. Kennedy
(Related: Leadership, Genocide, Resolution, Rest, Turkey, World, Wrong)

"You will be judged in years to come by how you responded to genocide on your watch."
- Nicholas D. Kristof
(Related: Genocide, Will, Years)

"If President Bush is serious about genocide, an immediate priority is to stop the cancer of Darfur from spreading further, which means working with France to shore up Chad and the Central African Republic."
- Nicholas D. Kristof
(Related: African, Cancer, France, Genocide, President)

"There aren't just bad people that commit genocide; we are all capable of it. It's our evolutionary history."
- James Lovelock
(Related: History, People, Genocide)

"Can postmodernism hold the perpetrators of genocide accountable?"
- Catharine MacKinnon
(Related: Genocide)

"But I am Armenian and I understand what it is to lose a country and lose a family and have massacres and genocides and everything against my people."
- Andrea Martin
(Related: Family, People, Country)

"Our campaign is powered by college students who are not about to let the first genocide of the 21st century happen on their watch."
- Ross Martin
(Related: College, First, Genocide, Students)

"We must win in Iraq. If we withdraw, there will be chaos; there will be genocide; and they will follow us home."
- John McCain
(Related: Home, Chaos, Genocide, Iraq, Will)

"Committing genocide on behalf of an institution generates greater loyalty to it than merely getting people fired from their jobs on its behalf."
- John McCarthy
(Related: People, Genocide, Jobs, Loyalty)

"We can make a difference. We can save lives. We can stop the genocide."
- Kendrick Meek
(Related: Difference, Genocide)

"The Coalition for International Justice estimated that 450,000 people in Darfur have died since the deadly genocide began some three years ago."
- Kendrick Meek
(Related: People, Genocide, Justice, Years)

"Millions also perished in the Chinese camps, and there have been terrible genocides in Cambodia and Vietnam."
- Jean-Marie Le Pen
(Related: Vietnam)

"Despite all the lunacy of the last century, all the absurdity of war and genocide, we believe that humans being are rational and are made to seek the truth."
- Timothy Radcliffe
(Related: War, Truth, Absurdity, Being, Genocide)

"Some argue that recognition of the genocide has become even more problematic now, when the world is at war with terrorism and the United States cannot afford to offend the sensibility of our Turkish ally."
- Adam Schiff
(Related: War, Genocide, Now, Sensibility, states, Terrorism, United, World)

"The legacy of the Armenian Genocide is woven into the fabric of America."
- Adam Schiff
(Related: America, Genocide)

"So let us call genocide, genocide. Let us not minimize the deliberate murder of 1.5 million people. Let us have a moral victory that can shine as a light to all nations."
- Adam Schiff
(Related: People, Victory, Genocide, Light, Murder, Nations)

"The 20th century taught us how far unbridled evil can and will go when the world fails to confront it. It is time that we heed the lessons of the 20th century and stand up to these murderers. It is time that we end genocide in the 21st century."
- Allyson Schwartz
(Related: Time, End, Evil, Genocide, Will, World)

"Israel is now sustaining a war for its own existence. A nation defending its citizens against terrorist bombings and a military and diplomatic onslaught by an array of Arab foes is practicing survival, not genocide."
- Jack Schwartz
(Related: War, Survival, Existence, Genocide, Israel, Military, Nation, Now)

"Genocide is an attempt to exterminate a people, not to alter their behavior."
- Jack Schwartz
(Related: People, Behavior, Genocide)

"As a Republican, I voted with President Clinton consistently in our efforts to bail out our European friends in Kosovo to stop genocide. I am proud of those votes. I am proud of President Clinton for that."
- Gordon Smith
(Related: Friends, Genocide, President, Republican)

"We may yet work up to some serious shooting war, or maybe some acts of urban genocide committed with rogue nuclear weapons. But if that were the case, why would we call that "9/11"? If Washington disappeared in a mushroom cloud, we'd give that huge event a different name."
- Bruce Sterling
(Related: Work, War, Genocide, May, Name, Washington, Weapons)

"What connects two thousand years of genocide? Too much power in too few hands."
- Simon Wiesenthal
(Related: Power, Genocide, Years)

"The government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color. The government lied."
- Jeremiah Wright
(Related: Government, People, Genocide)

"It makes it difficult to decide which to go see, since no film about say, some tragic genocide in Africa is going to get a bad review even if it's poorly made."
- Terry Zwigoff
(Related: Film, Genocide)