Men Armed 'Only With Words' Can Commit Genocide


Betsy Pisik

Dec 2003

NEW YORK With a trio of guilty verdicts yesterday, the U.N. tribunal for Rwanda has established that men armed only with words can commit genocide

Three Rwandan media executives were convicted by the international tribunal of committing and inciting genocide, war crimes and persecution in a case that will set a precedent for the new International Criminal Court.

Their weapons: the government-sponsored radio station known as "Radio Machete" and "Hate Radio" and a weekly newspaper whose agenda was the extermination of the country's Tutsi majority. 

The "media trials" marked the first time since Nuremburg that hate speech has been prosecuted as a war crime.

It has been one of the most closely watched cases before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), seated in the northern Tanzanian city of Arusha.

"You were fully aware of the power of words, and you used the radio the medium of communication with the widest public reach to disseminate hatred and violence," wrote presiding Judge Navanethem Pillay in sentencing to life in prison Ferdinand Nahimana, founder of Radio Television des Mille Collines.

"Without a firearm, machete or any physical weapon, you caused the death of thousands of innocent civilians".

 Human rights advocates praised the verdict. {Yet, they refuse to condemn the cause

"This is the first time that journalists have been convicted for their participation in genocide, and I think it's a wake-up call to hate mongers everywhere that they can't incite people to commit genocide or ethnic cleansing," said Reed Brody, legal counsel to Human Rights Watch. "If you fan the flames, you'll have to face the consequences." 

How often have the 'Rights' groups [Amnesty International, The European Council and Human Rights Watch] fanned the flames and paved the way for devout Muslims to carry out their 'allah's commands - with their "Tolerance" and "Diversity" songs?

009.030 The Jews call 'Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; in this they but imitate what  ''' the unbelievers '''  of old used to say. Allah's curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth!

009.123 O ye who believe! fight the unbelievers who gird you about, and let them find firmness in you.

047.004 Therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers in fight [jihad], smite at their necks. [Behead them!]

002.216 Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing [war] which is good for you and that ye love a thing [peace] which is bad for you?

009.039 Unless ye go forth, He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place.

When are the 'Rights' groups going to address the obvious?

The landmark case against the three men opened in October 2000 and underwent frequent delays: A lack of translators stalled the translation and transcription of thousands of hours of audiotapes from the original Kinyarwanda into French and English.

The U.N. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, drafted in 1966 and ratified by 151 nations including the United States, says: "Any advocacy of national racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence shall be prohibited by law." hmmmm....

004.101 When ye travel through the earth , there is no blame on you if ye shorten your prayers, for fear the Unbelievers May attack you: For the Unbelievers are unto you open enemies.

004.100 He who forsakes his home in the cause of Allah, finds in the earth Many a refuge, wide and spacious.

009.005 fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war.

It takes an incredibly ignorant person not to be able to see the hypocrisy of accepting the Koran...while slamming others for the exact same offenses.

It takes an exceedingly wicked being to preach against it - while at the same time - knowing that they're enabling it.

Mat 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.