Thursday, 23 July 2009

GENOCIDE WATCH – not just the Jews

A Genocide Watch should not be necessary in a civilised world – but we are not civilised. We are prone to pride and selfishness and power and fear and hate. These negative attributes mingle within and throughout our minds. Because of this there must be ways and means available to temper our negative attributes. If we are aware of areas of dispute and conflict we can at least be trying to do something – even if it is only praying or meditating about the situation if you are religious – or encouraging, empowering or cajoling others who can have influence or impact in such situations, to do something. To ignore is not an option.

In the UK, and most ‘westernised’ countries we have a relatively trouble free life, with utilities and services available for most people to access. In the UK we have a good health care service, not perfect, but better than most. We have a benefit system that enables those on it to at least survive with access to shelter, food and water, leisure amenities. There are organisations that provide access to ways and means or seeking training or work to come off the benefit system. Admitted not perfect amenities or structures, but better than most, and better than countries that have none of the above! We do not need to blame 'others' for what we have not got, we have got access to our needs, if not access to all our wants.

That does not mean that we in the west do not have civil unrest or factions of society that would support actions of genocide, knowingly or not as the case may be; the Serbian and Croatian conflict for instance. But we are the lucky ones because where we see injustices we are relatively free to speak out about them or against them.

Other countries are not so freedom orientated. So I simply ask that we help those who are trying to bring civil rights and justice into the global sphere of politics, religion and market resources; and to at least speak out when we see or hear of injustice or prejudices being enacted out. Because if we do not then Martin Niemoller’s, the German theologian and pastor (1892 –1984), words will become a reality for many, again:

They came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up”.
Sojourners Verse and Voice of the Day.

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