Everyday Ethics


On Tuesday, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda sentenced a former governor of Rwanda to life imprisonment for his role in the 1994 genocide. This is the third such ruling this year; previous convictions by the U.N. court include 25 years in prison for a military chaplain convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity, and 30 years to a civil servant for genocide and incitement to commit genocide.

I would estimate that’s around 90 years total for three men convicted of genocide. 800,000 men, women and children killed in 100 days. Compare that to our very own Bernie Madoff’s 150-year sentence.

I think that sound you’re hearing is humanities’ values crashing to the ground.

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