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02-12-2013, 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Callys Chicken Parm View Post
Oh I wrote all about that with the Holocaust. Jews (and other minorities) were blamed by Hitler for all the economic and social instability after World War I.

Rwanda is different though. Not much of a scapegoat thing, more related to the Congress of Vienna ****ing **** up by disregarding tribal boundaries. It's two groups that hate each other fighting for political power.

There really are no similarities other than people dying.
Gotta look past the surface...

Similar economic and social factors allowed the groups that carried out the two genocides to come to power. Each involved one ethnic group persecuting another, and in some cases blaming them for their lot in life.

Not to mention that on a psychological level the similarities are boundless... What types of conditions led to both? What, psychologically, allowed people who in other situations might not be terrible people to become monsters and carry out horrific deeds? On the flip side, why did so many people in both situations stand by and just watch it happen? Both involved a similar us vs. them mentality (human nature in virtually every aspect of life is to find an "in group" -- a group you fit in -- and then find reasons to see fault in everyone who is not a part of that "in group").

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