“Never again,” we said after the Holocaust. And after the Cambodian genocide in the 1970s. And then again after the Rwanda genocide in 1994. And then, just a year later, after the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia.
And now we’re asking ourselves yet again, in the face of more mass killing and dying in Libya, whether we really are capable, as an international community, of stopping the murdering and killing. With what is happening in the Middle East, can we have a blanket response?
When it comes to genocide and all the other atrocious crimes by which we have been horrified – not only in the more distant past but very much over the last 15 years under the nose of the UN Security Council with no more Cold War excuses to explain its impotence – will we live up to “never again?”