Anyway, I just had some things on my mind lately that I thought I’d share with you. Going on this voyage has opened up my eyes to things I never really took the time to think about. I have been growing and learning so much about myself already, and one thing that I learned is that I feel passionate about the injustices done to innocent people in this world and want to do something about it.
While I was in
Pol Pot (short for Political Potential, and not his actual name) was the sick, twisted bastard who had this genocide carried out. He had to be insane because no sane person could be that cruel. He had the idea that
In the killing field we went to, more than 8,000 skulls were piled up and displayed in front of us in a tower. There were many more that were destroyed and never found. Here are some pictures of the skulls. There were shelves upon shelves of them piled from floor to ceiling in the tower. On the ground, we found some clothes scattered, surfacing from under the dirt. I really feel that it’s important for everyone, especially Americans, to be aware of and learn more about this evil act of violence.
The violent acts committed by American soldiers against the Vietnamese during the Vietnam War were just as cruel. When I went to the
The two pictures below show American soldiers with the corpses of Vietnamese guerillas. Read the caption on the second picture. Now you can see how war warps and desensitizes one's mind. To many of the American G.I.s, the Vietnamese were a sub-human species. Killing them was like killing animals; they just didn't seem to matter.
I also learned about how we poured Agent Orange everywhere, which caused disabilities and deformities for generations to come, similar to the effects of the atomic bomb on
There are so many parallels between
As far as the Holocaust and the genocides in
Throughout history, it has been very difficult to take down dictatorships internally. There are usually endless acts of murder and cruelty from the abuse of power until an outside force comes in and helps take down the dictator. Dictators usually come into power when a country is weak and defenseless, on the false premises that he will revive and renew the country’s resources. Once they come into power, all hell breaks loose. I mean, just look at the parallels between Hitler and Pol Pot, between
My point in all this is that we should really think about what is going on in the world around us, instead of just focusing on the little bubble we call home. Start watching the world news, and look for ways we can be an agent of change. Because of history’s repetitive nature, we are able to foresee the future to some extent. Therefore, if we are given the opportunity to change the future because of the power of knowledge (just like in the TV show Early Edition), without even thinking twice, we should seize it. How blessed we are to have this unique opportunity to stop the heinous crimes against our fellow human beings! And just think, if we don’t step in as a generation and do something soon, what will our children think of us when they read their history books?