A Bridge Betrayed

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The last book read in my class was called A Bridge Betrayed by Micheal Sells. This was an entertaining and well flowing read to end our classes curriculum.  This book focuses on the genocide that occurs in Bosnia and was easy to read. Although, It feels weird to begin to start my final paper now and move along from these blogs.

The book starts fantastically, gripping the readers attention. It begins with the burning of library, which makes me sad because I love books. It also uses the word “apocalyptic” in the first sentence. The start of this book simply had me hooked so I had to mention it. 

Whenever I read stories about genocides, I am always shocked by actions I read about. I have read so many violent stories, yet I still get appalled while reading more. What upset me was the extent of destruction of history that occurred in Cambodia. The Serbs were so against competing religions that libraries and museums would be destroyed to rid of historical transcripts of Muslim, Jewish, and other religions. This almost (but not quite) connects to events occurring today. Removal of statues that supposedly support bad history, but either way it is history. No matter someones viewpoint; history and historical things should not be destroyed.

Like every other genocide, there was some controversy surrounding this one as well, with the UN (big surprise). I have become so numb to learning about violence, and especially government issues surrounded countries in crisis; that while I read I simply wait for the section about what the political power(s) did wrong. What is more disappointing is that these powers will purposefully not give help, or not call a situation a genocide like what was occurring in Cambodia, to protect themselves from international law.

Cambodia was another tragic genocide, one that followed similar patterns to the other genocides studied, but with it’s own uniqueness. Either way, I’m thankful I’m officially done with these readings!


Questions :

Was the Holocaust the worst genocide? If not, then which was, if using the description of “worst” genocide can be justified? Is the Holocaust a reasonable genocide to use to compare to other genocide on scales of what occur ed and how bad it was? Can the genocide in Bosnia be compared to the Holocaust?

Why are majority of the most recent genocides not widely taught in classrooms (at least at the high-school level)? Why is there a stopping point where general history course don’t discuss events? What has to occur in a historical event for it to be taught, does the relation to the events connection to the United States influence whether it is taught?

Does how developed a country is change the mindset of the people living in that country? Is there a correlation between genocides and genocidal ideas to how developed a country is?


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