Genocide as a Terrorist Tactic

Not Unique to a Country or a TimeThe practice of genocide, or in simplest terms, the planned suppression of a particular demographic group within a nation’s borders, is neither unique to one country nor to one time period.  Rather, scholars point to it as an ancient practice.  Violent campaigns resulting in the extinction and/or expulsion of a race of people appear in human history as far back as 3000 BCE.  When comparing modern and premodern acts of genocide, there are many similarities in terms of methods utilized to carry out genocide, the motives of those in power and the relationship between the dominant and victimized groups.  However, while genocide was once an accepted practice of warfare, today it is viewed as morally, ethically and legally unacceptable under any circumstances.  The international political system has strict rules in place for sanctioning and punishing those engaging in genocide, while nongovernmental organizations and academic…

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