There are few limits to human barbarity. The new film Architects of Denial
documents the ongoing, century-long Armenian genocide in excruciating detail.
The thrust of the film is the argument that perpetrators of genocide immediately
holler “fake news” when their savagery is exposed. The ugliness accelerates as
even those people whom we would ordinarily see as missionaries of empathy
respond to genocide with deafening silence. For instance, those who see the film
are treated to Hillary Clinton’s and President Obama’s embarrassing embrace of
Turkish denial of Armenian gemocide—all in the interest of maintaining our
military linkages with Turkey.
I find the film’s understandable cry “We must stop genocide.” to be pathetic.
Transformations of, even tweaks to, human nature or proclivities (if you prefer)
are the most remote of possibilities. And if I am correct, the film leaves me with
the following questions:
- Particulalry in an isolationist era, what is the global force that can intervene
2. Is national sovereignty such an enduring force in international diplomacy
that hope that the United Nations could ever be the world’s police force is nothing
but a pipe dream?
3. In the absense of a deity who tells us all what reality is or scientific
measurements that all reasonable people can attest to, what is the future of an
idea like “the facts” when modern technology makes it so simple to create
widespread denial of anything and everything?
4. Are marginalized groups with fewer than 10 million members condemned
to being invisible pawns in a world where national security and international
diplomacy can be used so effortlessly as curtains behind which we can hide
obscene levels of human butchery?