Genocide: Worse Than War | Full-length documentary | PBS

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“By the most fundamental measure — the number of people killed — the perpetrators of mass murder since the beginning of the twentieth century have taken the lives of more people than have died in military conflict. So genocide is worse than war,” reiterates Goldhagen. “This is a little-known fact that should be a central focus of international politics, because once you know it, the world, international politics, and what we need to do all begin to look substantially different from how they are typically conceived.”

WORSE THAN WAR documents Goldhagen¹s travels, teachings, and interviews in nine countries around the world, bringing viewers on an unprecedented journey of insight and analysis. In a film that is highly cinematic and evocative throughout, he speaks with victims, perpetrators, witnesses, politicians, diplomats, historians, humanitarian aid workers, and journalists, all with the purpose of explaining and understanding the critical features of genocide and how to finally stop it.

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Top 5 Most Brutal Genocides in History. The IS is committing a brutal genocide in Syria and Iraq right now. Horrible genocides are not new though and the horrible genocide going on there has not even cracked the top 5 ( yet :(… )

  1. Kurdish Genocide (1986-1989)

The Kurdish Genocide was a result of the Iran-Iraq War during the 1980’s. Seen as a potential threat to the country, Hussein ordered a genocidal campaign against the Kurd population of Iraq. This order resulted in the deaths of anywhere from 50,000 to 182,000 Iraqi Kurds. Actions included mass deportations and chemical weapon attacks on several Kurd villages, while wiping out 90% of those villages…

  1. East Timor (1975-79) (1999)
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East Timor was invaded by its neighbour Indonesia just one year after it gained its independence. Genocide here can be split into two eras. The first, between 1975 and 1979, was a pacification campaign that resulted in 200,000 killed. Then, in 1999, following a successful independence vote, over 200,000 people were forced into concentration camps, where many more were killed by force or neglectful conditions.

  1. Rwandan Genocide (1994)

One of the most famous genocides in history, the genocide in Rwanda against the Tutsi tribe lasted about 100 days and resulted in the slaughter of about 500,000 to 1,000,000 people. This genocide was actively planned by the government and military and was part of the larger Rwandan Civil War that had begun in 1990. Following the Rwandan Genocide, the International Criminal Court was set up so that incidents of this nature could be charged in a uniform and binding way.

  1. The Armenian Genocide (1915)

The Armenian Genocide was an attempt by the government to eradicate all Armenians, and other minorities, from its country. This resulted in the murder of between 1,000,000 and 1,500,000 Armenians, mostly men, and the deportation of the rest. Atrocities committed during this genocide include death marches, poisonings, mass burnings, drownings, and extermination camps. The Authorities still deny the large scale of the genocide to this day…

  1. The Holocaust (1942-1945)
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Easily the most well-known example of a genocide in history, the Holocaust perpetrated against the Jewish people by the Nazis, resulted in about 6 million Jews killed. In other words, 67 percent of the entire Jewish population in Europe. The Jews were killed by starvation and diseases in ghettos, by firing squads, through unethical scientific experiments, torture, and by gas chambers in the infamous concentration camps such as Auschwitz-Birkenau. It wasn’t just horrific, it was methodically planned…

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