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The politics of genocide

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Followers of toppled Honduran President Manuel Zelaya brandishing machetes stand a demonstration in Tegucigalpa September 1, 2009 AFP/Getty Images

In his new book “Worse than War,” Daniel Jonah Goldhagen does for genocide what he did from the Holocaust in his first best-seller, “Hitler’s Willing Executioners.” The author argues that we shouldn’t see genocides as mysterious aberrations of human behavior but rather as powerful political tools that can be dealt with through effective political action and policy. To fully understand and address the issue of genocide, Goldhagen believes we need to tackle the root causes, beliefs and policies that make mass annihilation of one people by another acceptable.


Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, author of “Worse Than War: Genocide, Eliminationism, and the Outgoing Assault on Humanity” (Public Affairs)
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