It is very fitting that a Nobel Prize should be awarded to a Yazidi victim. In today’s day and age, the main victims of genocide, racism, and human trafficking are women in Arab Lands.
Genocide in the last 100 years
More people have been killed in the last 100 years than in any other time period in modern history – perhaps in the history of mankind. Most of the people were killed between the years of 1933 and 1945. Even before World War II, the evil Soviet Union killed millions of people via famine. The Stalinist policies of centralization of power included mass killings and of course mass expulsions to Siberia. But most of the deaths occurred between 1939 and 1945 during World War II.
World War II and The Holocaust
In addition to Hitler and the German people’s genocide against the Jewish people, there were other mass killings of other people too. But the Nazis with alot of help from Ukrainians and others killed 6 million Jewish people in a systematic and sadistic manner. No other people, gypsies or Soviet POW’s were systematically killed like the Jews on such a level. This was unprecedented in history. In addition, the Nazis and Soviets killed at least another 5 million people on the battlefield from each other’s armies. In the Far East and other battlefields, millions of other soldiers were killed on the battlefield.
President Truman’s decision to drop two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki actually saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of American soldiers. It was a very different world back then.
Post World War II
Korea, Vietnam and other conflagrations occurred after World War II. But they were nowhere near the scope of the battles during World War II. There have been several instances of genocide since then also. Kosovo in the 90’s, Darfur in the last few decades and some minorities in Arab Lands such as the Yazidis. The attack on the United States on 9/11 was a massive sea change in the world order. But all in all, the world has been a relatively peaceful place for the last 70 years. Was this due to strong deterrence by the United States? Was it a positive by-product of the Cold War? That is a question that can be debated endlessly. Either way, it is clear that the world has been a much better place to live in at the end of the 20th century than the beginning of the 20th century.
There is reason for hope, but more reason to be concerned. The radical Muslim ideologies have never had as much power, money and followers as they have today. They have small sleeper cells all over the United States. But more importantly, they are gradually taking over countries in Europe. However, if we would like a clear glimpse of what we have in store for us, we need to look at the Yazidis in Iraq. These people should be the main teachers of radical Islam to the world. They should be our guides for what we have waiting for us if we don’t keep the ideology of Islam in check.
We need to have some limits to freedom of religion if a specific religion threatens our very existence.