"A Problem From Hell"

"A Problem From Hell"

America and the Age of Genocide

Book - 2002
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About this book:In 1993, as a 23-year-old correspondent covering the wars in the Balkans, I was initially comforted by the roar of NATO planes flying overhead. President Clinton and other western leaders had sent the planes to monitor the Bosnian war, which had killed almost 200,000 civilians. But it soon became clear that NATO was unwilling to target those engaged in brutal "ethnic cleansing." American statesmen described Bosnia as "a problem from hell," and for three and a half years refused to invest the diplomatic and military capital needed to stop the murder of innocents. In Rwanda, around the same time, some 800,000 Tutsi and opposition Hutu were exterminated in the swiftest killing spree of the twentieth century. Again, the United States failed to intervene. This time U.S. policy-makers avoided labeling events "genocide" and spearheaded the withdrawal of UN peacekeepers stationed in Rwanda who might have stopped the massacres underway. Whatever America's commitment to Holocaust remembrance (embodied in the presence of the Holocaust Museum on the Mall in Washington, D.C.), the United States has never intervened to stop genocide. This book is an effort to understand why. While the history of America's response to genocide is not an uplifting one, "A Problem from Hell" tells the stories of countless Americans who took seriously the slogan of "never again" and tried to secure American intervention. Only by understanding the reasons for their small successes and colossal failures can we understand what we as a country, and we as citizens, could have done to stop the most savage crimes of the last century.-Samantha Power
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2002
ISBN: 9780465061501
Characteristics: xxi, 610 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: America and the age of genocide


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Dec 21, 2017

Comprehensive and well-written history, if a bit dry.

Feb 23, 2016

[A real question for our hopelessly ignorant or dishonest UN ambassador: who was involved with the East Timor Holocaust? The Chilean Holocaust in the 1970s? Vietnam? Et cetera?]Harvard hath spoken!!!!!
So Samantha Power [Cass Sunstein, the propaganda czar, is married to her] bemoans the actions of the hegemons, the global elite, the plutocrats?
In her past life she worked at Morty Zuckerman's US News and World Report and then the Rothschild's mag, the Economist - - wonder how she ever got to be so gullible, or so dishonest? Not worthy of rating such a misinformational trope!
[Next, Hillary Clinton, from the great jobs-offshoring Clinton family, will probably claim she will help employ Americans?]

BrigidScott Jan 17, 2012

You go, girl!!!!

Feb 08, 2009

difficult and unpleasant subject, doubtful that US will ever become more proactive, but well written and researched, look for more books by this author

Dec 06, 2007

Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer prize for non-fiction.


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