Hubby and I had a long discussion about what would be done in the case of genocide. How would a pacifist react and what should governments do? I came up with a few non-military strategies.
1) Diplomacy- I suggest that the warring parties meet at a neutral location and work things out. Or a neutral third party help aid in negotiations. Also sanctions against a violent nation doesn’t hurt.
2) Open a neutral country to taking in more refugees- Currently it takes several years for a refugee to receive refugee status and for a host country to take a person in. Also host countries set up quotas. If a country was in the midst of genocide, host countries could allow for higher quotas of refugees from that area.
3) Propaganda- Just as Hitler managed to convince a whole country that it was the Jews who lost them WWI, you can use propaganda and other educational tools to try and get people to work things out peacefully.
4) Pressure- The more people are aware of the situation; the more governments will tip toe around killing a person. Watch groups keep a look out for stuff that’s going on and keep accounts of what’s happening. I’m entirely convinced that if the world didn’t know about Aung San Suu Kyi, she’d be dead by now.
I’m not saying that all of these ways don’t take time and resources, but if we spent more on these things and less on bullets, countries would think twice about killing a different cultural/religious group. And yes, our government does all of these things. I just don’t want it to kill people while trying to “protect” them.
On another note: I made a comment yesterday about not supporting the troops even the dead ones. After thinking about it, I believe that my cousin took this to be a malicious statement. I don’t hate any of the men and women of the armed services including the dead ones. And that’s not what I meant by that statement. Support has many meanings: to bear or hold up, to endure, to sustain, to maintain, to uphold, to advocate, to corroborate, and to second. I would not support a woman’s decision to become a stripper nor would I support my son’s decision if he decided to have sex with a man. I would not love my son less or treat him differently. It simply means that I do not support, sustain, uphold, advocate, corroborate, or second his decision. Likewise, I do not support, sustain, uphold, advocate, corroborate, or second anyone’s decision to be in the armed services. My cousin is decidedly conservative so I would imagine that she wouldn’t support someone becoming a stripper or her two sons becoming homosexuals. Being against the armed services, is a liberal ideology. I’m a moderate so I suppose that I see this “not supporting” thing as all the same, and my cousin sees it as an affront. But I cannot answer for her. She was rather upset about the comment, and perhaps she can explain (in a calm manner) exactly what she meant instead of spouting off quotes from ex-presidents and generals. It only clouds the matter and leaves a person confounded by what a person truly meant.