Silence condones

Yet it is also important to realize that genocide and crimes against humanity described are potential acts of any nation. Everyone, wherever she or he may be, should be aware of the evil of which people are capable of perpetrating and be prepared to speak out against it — whenever and wherever it appears. Silence condones: once awareness exists, it is unthinkable to remain silent.


It is my sincere hope that this book will strengthen the case for a permanent International Criminal Court. For without one, we cannot hope that the 21st Century will be less bloody than the one which is about to end.

—Justice Richard Goldstone, in The Graves: Srebrenica and Vukovar, (Berlin: Scalo, 1998), 8, 13.

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