Genocide in the 20th Century

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Genocide in the 20th Century The definition of genocide is “the deliberate and systematic destruction of a group of people because of their ethnicity, nationality, religion, or race”(Genocide 1). In the 20th century, we see three comparable examples of this crime against mankind in the Armenian Genocide, Holocaust and Rwandan Genocide. In an effort to completely eradicate the targeted groups, all genocides follow these five steps: designation, separation, state supported harassment, forced migration, and extermination. The Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust followed along these steps completely and both aggressor nations had internal conflicts that they blamed on a minority group. The Rwanda Genocide is different, because it skipped the step of forced migration and didn’t involve a government and a minority group, but two competing cultural groups. Also, it occurred so fast, that many of the steps were altered or rushed. Knowing the pattern leading to theses crimes, it is our responsibility to prevent this terrible deed from ever happening in current times or in the near future. All of mankind was created equal, and all of mankind should stand against the harassment and genocide of a group that is generally a minority. Genocide is the crime of all crimes. The first example of genocide in the 20th century is the Armenian Genocide in Anatolia during World War I. The Armenian genocide was an attempt by the Ottoman Empire to exterminate the group of people they labeled as “Christians”, because of their religious beliefs. The Turk Nationalist’s goal was to get rid of all minorities to help them secure the nation under their complete control. Emerging from the 19th century as a struggling nation, losing the Balkan Wars, a national ideology was developed to blame others for the struggles of the Ottoman Empire. The minority groups were designated as targets because

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