Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"Genocide belongs to humanity"

The University of Southern California's "Problems Without Passports" program reports on research in Cambodia and in the universal questions about evil.

"The weary oak carries the burden of a hideous past.

Against its trunk, Khmer Rouge soldiers bashed the delicate skulls of infants and small children, tossing their lifeless bodies into open pits.

As if weeping, a deep crimson stain runs down the oak. It is marked forever as the Killing Tree....

...When it comes to the perpetrators, however, it’s not always that black and white. During the trip, students interviewed both perpetrators who were not leaders, and victims, and at times the lines blurred between the two groups.

'It was kill or be killed,” Mangione said of the Khmer Rouge soldiers. “I started thinking about how good people could do terrible things...'"

The thoughts of those who did terrible things and of those who suffered them fill the article. Many perpetrators and victims still live in the same villages.

Kosal Path, who lectures in International Relations at USC, is a driving force in the research. The genocide unfolded around him when he was a small child,

“I lived through this and I don’t remember,” Path said. “I don’t know how I survived.”

2 comments:

The Underground Pewster said...

Another reason why we should recite together the imprecatory verses in the Psalms. We must remember that this demon lies close at hand within each and every one of us.

Psalm 137:9 - Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones. (KJV)

TLF+ said...

Pewster - that's how Benedict uses Ps. 137:9 in his "Rule" - dashing the first signs of evil thoughts against the cornerstone, which is Christ.