The following post may not be suitable for all readers.
I’ve just been pondering a few things the last day or so.
The following summaries are from WIKIPEDIA.
“Pol Pot was a Cambodian revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge from 1963 until his death in 1998. Pol Pot became leader of Cambodia on April 17, 1975, and his rule was a dictatorship. During his time in power he imposed agrarian socialism, forcing urban dwellers to relocate to the countryside to work in collective farms and forced labor projects. The combined effects of executions, forced labor, malnutrition, and poor medical care caused the deaths of approximately 25 percent of the Cambodian population. In all, an estimated 1 to 3 million people (out of a population of slightly over 8 million) died due to the policies of his three-year premiership. The Vietnamese Socialist Republic was the only government willing to resist Pol Pot, who fled to the jungles of southwest Cambodia, and the Khmer Rouge government collapsed.” (1)
“The Rwandan Genocide was a genocidal mass slaughter of the Tutsis by the Hutus that took place in 1994 in the East African state of Rwanda. It is considered the most organized genocide of the 20th century. Over the course of approximately 100 days over 500,000 people were killed, according to a Human Rights Watch estimate. Estimates of the death toll have ranged from 500,000–1,000,000, or as much as 20% of the country’s total population. . . Many members of the Interahamwe and Impuzamugambi were armed only with machetes. Even after the 1993 peace agreement signed in Arusha, businessmen close to General Habyarimana imported 581,000 machetes from China for Hutu use in killing Tutsi, because machetes were cheaper than guns.” (2)
“Necklacing is the practice of summary execution and torture carried out by forcing a rubber tire, filled with petrol, around a victim’s chest and arms, and setting it on fire. The victim may take up to 20 minutes to die, suffering severe burns in the process. The practice became a common method of lynching among black South Africans during disturbances in South Africa in the 1980s and 1990s. . . . Winnie Mandela, then-wife of the imprisoned Nelson Mandela and a senior member of the ANC, even made statements that endorsed its use. . . . This practice of lynching is found in the Caribbean country of Haiti. It was prominently used against supporters of Jean-Claude Duvalier’s dictatorship at the beginning of the democratic transition, from 1986 to 1990.” (3)
“Venezuela is among the most violent places of Latin America. Class tension has long been a part of life in the South American country, where armed robberies, carjackings and kidnappings are frequent. In 2009, the homicide rate was approximately 57 per 100,000, one of the world’s highest, having tripled in the previous decade. The capital Caracas has the sixth greatest homicide rate of any large city in the world, with 98.7 homicides per 100,000 residents in 2011.” (4)
I found other examples of genocide since 1951 for countries such as Zanzibar, Pakistan, North Korea, Argentina, and even Australia, among many others.
The question is this: Did the United States get involved in any of these civil wars or mass murders?
As horrible as it is, should the U.S. get involved in the Syrian Civil War?
What do you think?
(1) POL POT