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Re: Congo
In Response To: Re: Congo ()

Date: Tuesday, 15 January 2008, 11:33 pm
In Response To: Re: [Crime] Congo (Art Thomas)

Hi, Mr. Art. I agree with your opinion. So often, in our haste to blame 'Europeans' for our ancestors' ills, we forget to look at the history of the times.

Did not 'Native American' tribes war with each other before Europeans reached North America, and did they not continue to those wars to abet the conquerors?

Was it not inter-tribal warfare that provided slavers with much of their cargo when African tribes kidnapped their 'enenies' and delivered [sold] them to the slave runners?

Was it not Jewish persons who aided Hitler until he thought he had no further use for that race of people and turned on his Jewish supporters?

Is it not East Indians who follow the discrimination practiced in India by willingly adopting and adhering to the caste system?

Come to that, the Jewish people were 'Europeans' by definition, but I have seen very little academic argument that it is not only the European nationality that engaged, and still engages, in atrocities.

The discussions, diatribes and other forms of discourse I read and witness today seem to place blame only as a by-product, not as a direct consequence of man's inhumanity. Is that why, in a historical context, Hitler, and Hitler alone, is blamed for the Holocaust?

Are we creating a shroud that envelops the truth so that we come to believe that as long as we do not produce another 'Adolf Hitler', and as long as 'colonization', imperialism' and other similar pursuits are not supported, we have put the evil past behind us?

In most of the dialog I encounter in my research today, the 'vanquished' have seen fit to place blame only on the 'Europeans', without acknowledgement of the complicit role many ethnicities played in their own degradation and cultural destruction.

I sometimes wonder if this is why we have not obtained a measure of peace in today's times, despite our so-called 'enlightenment'.


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