By: Milo Harrison
It can be argued that genocide is the most horrific crime ever committed by man vs. man. In article 2 of The Genocide Convention, “Genocide is defined as committing any of the following acts ‘with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group’”. Killing members of the group, causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group. Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part. Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group or forcibly transferring children of the group to another group. The term genocide was coined by a man named Raphael Lemkin in 1944 when he published a book called “Axis Rule in Occupied Europe”. But genocide itself has been around for a lot longer. One of the first accounts of genocide was when the Romans attacked Carthage in 146 BCE. There were approximately 150,000 men, women, and children killed. That was about 75% of the population. Genocide has been around for just about as long as man has existed on this Earth. Genocide causes immense upheaval in various countries around the world by causing an immense loss of life, the creation of Israel, and the ongoing war in the Darfur region in Sudan.
Genocide always involves the mass murder of many innocent people. In the last two centuries the worst genocide was “Mao Ze-Dong (China, 1958-61 and 1966-69, Tibet 1949-50)” with about 49,000,000-78,000,000 casualties. The Genocide in Rwanda took 800,000 to 1 million lives. The most well-known genocide has come to be known as the Holocaust. Most people think that the Jews were the only victims of the Holocaust but there were many others. The Holocaust death toll is about 5.9 million Jews, 2-3 million Soviet POW’s, 1.8-2 million ethnic Poles, 220 000-1 500 000 Romani, 200 000-250 000 disabled, 80 000 Freemasons, 20 000-25 000 Slovenes, 5 000-15 000...