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The Genocide of the Kurds

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Ezekiel Thees

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Transcript of The Genocide of the Kurds

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Ezekiel Thees
The Genocide of the Kurdish People
Why U.N. Should Have Known
International Law
Iraq was using chemical weapons to kill the Kurds, something that Nazi's did to the Jews.
Everyone's at fault
It's a genocide
The U.S. government was involved
The stages
What should have been done
What to do now
Who is responsible

250 towns were exposed to chemical weapons
On average between 3,200 and 5,000 people were killed and 7,000 to 10,000 were injured
27 January 2014
Global Studies 1
Period 4
“Genocide is an attempt to exterminate a people, not to alter their behavior.” -Jack Schwartz
“Genocide is the responsibility of the entire world.”
-Ann Clwyd.
Personal Explanations
Which genocide?
The Issue
Who's involved?
What happened?
Why this is important
What Happened?
Kurd's future sold to Saddam Hussein
"Under the Table" dealing
U.N.'s ignorance against screams of bloody murder
U.S.'s role
Cide-Geno Drug
What is it?
Where was the outbreak?
Why are we letting this happen?

Though on Wikipedia there is leak in Iraq that states that they weren't sold chemical weapons, they were only sold chemicals and that they created the weapon using said chemicals
Stages of Genocide
Classification; distinguishing groups of Iraqis and Kurds, "us" and "them"
Symbolism; the targets are given names or symbols
Dehumanization; a group denies humanity of the other
Organization; separation of victims from the others
Polarization; extremists drive the groups apart
Preparation; when victims are identified and separated
Extermination; when the killing begins
Denial; denying they commited the crime
Peter Galbaith was screaming bloody murder
He asked for U.N. to stop the murdering of people; men, women, and children
No one listened to his screams
Saddam claimed he was stopping rebellion, that that genocide was not the right word

The international legal definition of the crime of genocide is found in Articles II and III of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide.
1) the mental element, meaning the "intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such", and
2) the physical element which includes five acts described in sections a, b, c, d and e. A crime must include both elements to be called "genocide."
International Law (Cont...)
Article II: In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
Article III: The following acts shall be punishable:
(a) Genocide;
(b) Conspiracy to commit genocide;
(c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide;
(d) Attempt to commit genocide;
(e) Complicity in genocide. "
Who's Responsible
U.N. said “Never again!” and let this all play out
Reached stage seven is ridiculous
United States; gave Saddam Hussein weapons, money, and power
The U.N. knew, Peter Galbaith
Saddam, claiming he was stopping a rebellion
Only stopped the genocide when it escalated to Kuwait
What Should Have Been Done and Now Should be Done
Very powerful military force intervention
Create detailed action plan against genocide
Make sure all options are explored
The situation is a genocide until they check to see that it isn't
The Reagan Administration for being part of the decision of selling chemical weapons to Hussein to go into an international court for the actions of;
Providing the materials for the genocide
Ignoring the screams of bloody murder
Supplying Iran weapons "under the table"
Not getting involved in the genocide caused by their greed and stupidity until Hussein was trying to invade a place of interest to themselves, thus being led by greed even more
Why the U.N. Should Care
It's wrong
Not doing anything is being at fault
Genocide is never okay.
Genocide's extreme, it's horrible, and the law was created for this very reason
One death is never okay, even more is extreme
One death is too many, thousands is horrible
Never taking action is wrong
Don't put yourselves and the rest of us at fault
This drug is getting out of hand
It should never be again
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