It is too simplistic to state history repeats itself. Yes genocides happen all the time, but if one simply says it is because of history repeating themselves they are - imo - being ignorant. Each happens for a reason, not because people have failed to learn from the past, and each have unique characteristics. It is the same with wars, each happen due to a set of individual and unique reasons not because there is a playbook in progress and everyone is following the rules.
We can blame organizations or nations for not getting involved and stopping the genocides listed by others, however that is all with the benefit of hindsight. With hindsight, everything is easy to spot and one can say what should have been done. Real life is more complicated and all sorts of factors have to be taken into consideration before decisions can be made, which unfortunately means horrible things can happen.
To talk about a subject I know most about. With hindsight we could have said that the Weimar Republic needed more support to fight nationalism and fight the Great Depression, both of which would have prevented the rise of Hitler, the wars, and the genocides that took place. Not to mention their politicians should not have given Hitler a position of power. In itself that sounds wonderful, in reality the Weimar Republic was an extremely complex and weak government. Their politicians thought that giving Hitler office would put him in a position where they could control him and his nationalist party. In reality there was little anyone else could do because the depression was hitting everyone hard, and when it became more clear war would be necessary it required time to rearm to be able to actually face off with Germany. By the time the picture became clear, it was too late for everyone involved.
denlp96 highlights this simplistic view of history: "The human race never learns" completely ignores how our race innovates and strides forward regardless of the problems we face or create. His example of Napoleon and Hitler ignores the reasons why each did what they did, and why each failed.
Back to your questions:
"Do you think it will ever happen in America?"
Considering the number of safeguards in place aimed at making sure no one person ever has enough power to start a genocide, and considering the long established democratic nature of the country it really is unlikely.
"If the gun laws go through about getting rid of the right to own them, then the government can do whatever they want with us. "
Learn what the current debate is about. No one has said anything about taking guns away from people.
If the government decided to completely do away with guns - which they are NOT - then the government could not do what they like with us. Look at the numerous democratic countries around the world were guns are not in widespread use by civilians. The governments of these countries are publically elected and bound by rules. It takes a bit of effort to turn a democracy into a dictatorship that starts killing its own people. In the Western World, the international community usually steps in to ensure it does not get that far.
"Have you guys heard of Fema camps?"
Stop reading conspiracy websites.
· 7 years ago