Write a 6 page paper (use MLA format) commenting on the role of the United States in perpetuating or aiding in the genocidal episodes of modern history. In other words, what does Kinzer say about the role of the US in the overthrowing of existent governments in the recent past? Which of those overthrown governments experienced a genocide of their population? Why? If the US was not wholly responsible, what did they do to stop these genocidal events from happening? Was there more that could have been done? Did they do anything to accelerate or aid in the genocidal events? Explain.
Pay particular attention to the US roles in Cambodia, Rwanda, and current world genocidal actions, particularly the Sudan and the Eastern Congo. What do you feel the US should do currently to stop Global Genocide from happening? Be specific and be sure to use examples from the Kinzer book, and the websites.
Kinzer, Stephen, Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq, Holt/Times Press
ISBN 10: 0805082409
ISBN 13: 978-0805082401
Fernandez-Armesto, Felipe, The World: A History, Volume C,
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America’s Role and Reaction to Genocide
The United States’ record on preventing acts of genocide around the world is convoluted at best and criminal at worst. Despite the fact that the United States, especially former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, played a primary role in drafting the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the United States was unsuccessful at preventing the Cambodian genocide, the Rwandan genocide, the Darfur debacle, and the current disaster in the Eastern Congo. In some instances, the United States played a role in repressing the self-determination of many nations around the world, especially in Vietnam during the 1960s and 1970s and the various coups engineered in Latin America during the Cold War. It can even be argued that the United States perpetuated several acts of genocide and repression around the world over the past century....
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