"The 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was the single most important element of international law to be adopted in response to the Holocaust. It was intended to be the embodiment in law of the commitment “never again.”
Unfortunately, the result has been “never intervene” rather than “never again.” The Convention apparently has never been used to prevent a genocide. According to my reading of history, and fact checking in the comprehensive book on Genocide written by Samantha Power of Harvard, no US president has ever intervened to stop a genocide in the 55 years since the Convention was adopted.
What we do is punish the criminals after the fact.
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