The Conflict Of A Genocide

1587 WordsMay 16, 20167 Pages
A genocide usually starts when people of one race or religion want to dispose of people of another race or religion. The underlying causes of conflict, which result in acts of genocide, often have deep historical roots. Stereotypes between groups develop over centuries. Ethnic and cultural differences often result in the formation of "in-group" and "out-group" thinking. Members of different races, religions, or cultures start to view each other as separate, alien, and “different.” In many regions, members of these different groups develop conflict prevention methods because they feel threatened. Relations begin to degrade because of this feeling of threat. This leads one group to become convinced that many of the problems they face are the other groups’ fault. One group then begins to believe that all their problems would be resolved if the other group no longer existed. A desire to exterminate the other group arises because coexistence and power sharing are not considered to be options. The group committing the crimes will believe that extermination is justified. This then leads to the violent acts of genocide. The Syrian crisis began in early 2011 when Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began a brutal crackdown on protests throughout the country. In March 2011, security forces opened fire on protesters at a “Day of Rage” rally in the southern city of Deraa, triggering violence and civilian death. The Syrian government’s violent response led to military personal leaving the
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