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Premiering on PBS during National Holocaust Remembrance Week on April 14 at 9 p.m. (check local listings), WORSE THAN WAR documents Goldhagen’s travels, teachings, and interviews in nine countries around the world, bringing viewers on an unprecedented journey of insight and analysis.

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With his first book, the #1 international bestseller Hitler’s Willing Executioners (Vintage, 1997) Daniel Jonah Goldhagen – then a professor of political science at Harvard University– forced the world to re-think some of its most deeply-held beliefs about the Holocaust. Hitler’s Willing Executioners inspired an unprecedented worldwide discussion and debate about the role ordinary Germans played in the annihilation of Europe’s Jews.

A decade later – and more than half a century after the end of World War II – Goldhagen is convinced that the overall phenomenon of genocide is as poorly understood as the Holocaust had once been. How and why do genocides start? Why do the perpetrators kill? Why has intervention rarely occurred in a timely manner? These and other thought-provoking questions are explored in a new documentary film, WORSE THAN WAR.

  • nerd

    Fix this website! The viewer is archaic…needs a pause-button and a way to
    get full-screen, etc. [I’d suggest ‘flowplayer’.]

    We call it ‘email’, not ‘mail’.

  • gregg

    I cannot think of a better day than today to catch this amazing documentary : of all we do — correction: all we are lead to do as “all genocide is politics” : and all of that is always based on deep-seeded hatreds between peoples, groups and races … and, as history proves that we cannot count upon those who supposedly represent us to behave properly, it is up to us and us alone to extinguish that which they use against us: our own Hatred.

    So …

    … whether it be hatred of Republicans or Democrats, Christians or Muslims, Whites or Blacks, Men or Women, Those who have More or Those who have Less, God or Devil, Gay or Straight, or whatever inside ourselves we cannot yet accept, it is Hatred that must be extinguished if we are to EVER extinguish Extinguishism once and for all and stand true to our oft-used yet seemingly meaningless “Never Again” politically expedient posturing.

    This is a thoughtful, sobering and introspective reality check on all that is behind the madness of our time … and a healthy reminder that it continues to this day :|

  • Bonnie

    This documentary looked at the worst of human nature manifesting on a large scale. However much of the psychology that is behind genocide occurs in any form of scape goating, whether on a group or even individual basis.

    I agree with the author that certain things must be present for it to happen:
    – dehumanization or viewing the victim as not another human
    – vilification or seeing the victim as evil

    I do not agree with Goldhagen that the victim must be seen as a threat. The above 2 will do.

    And one that he left out:
    – tribalism or identification with a group
    I see repeatedly that this is necessary to justify doing things beyond what one would do with any conscious if making an individual choice. It suspends individual choice. A “my group” vs “the other group” seems to always be part of the picture.

  • Eden

    It was a very well rounded work! The really important factors in this type of calamity were addressed no doubt due to the extensive research made.
    As every case was so challenging, to the credit of all those involved in the making of this film, much respect was demonstrated to the conclusions reached by the different people affected in them.
    I had hoped that the tragedy in the Congo would be addressed. No doubt outside military action, as was the case in Bosnia, will be essential to neutralize all the armed movements in the country.

    I have no personal experiences or ties to such tragedies, but the scene of people playing a little ball so close to the site of the mass grave of Dr. Goldhagen’s relatives was somewhat chilling – the targeted people were almost decimated and there seemed to be virtually no collective memory of it. At a local level the only long term consequences were for the victims…
    I don’t think that the guaranty of personal loss of life to a would be orchestrator of genocide represents a step back for humanity. It would be a cold calculated choice on his part just as it would be for the intended victims. If it were not for the personal cost I fully believe that these horrors would be far more common. Political correctness serves us far better as a buffer to prevent misunderstandings then as a policy maker in such matters! I’m afraid, however, that I have no hope of any world wide significant changes.

  • Ryan Cooney

    This is an incredibly powerful film. I plan on sharing it with my senior Government students. Thanks PBS for yet another excellent, intriguing and moving documentary.

  • Andrew

    Interesting, but cautious piece of work. No mention of genocide of Indians in Western Hemisphere 1500-1900 in context of Maya genocide. No tie in to Holacaust to Hitler who played Cowboys and Indians, read Western novels, and was impressionable child when the Indian Wars were a fresh and recent memory. The good Doctor himself should have mentioned the Jewish proclivity to be victims of genocides, hostilities, prejudice,
    History portrays the GERMANS as the ONLY ONES who were anti-Jewish and pro-racial superiority back in the first half of the 20th century, precious “myths” be damned—the Euro-Anglo world ruled back then held those beliefs so as such were commonly accepted. There is lily white history and there is sorry to stomp in your soup history—-guess which one I back? Let’s hope some resources are put into teaching broader history….after all how many genocides did it take to finally get the world’s attention?

  • Sharon

    I just watched it for a second time. I’m also reading the book. These are very rich and layered works. Thank you for making this film. It opened my eyes.

  • Doris Gaspar

    Since any information about the genocide in Guatemala had originally been omitted from most newscasts at the time of its occurrence, I was looking forward to any information that this film could add to my meager knowledge of the event. Not only did the film fail to do this, it even omitted pertinent facts that should have been presented. The finger was pointed at the international community for failing to intervene, but nothing was said about the collaborating role of the Reagan administration in its support of Montt. While the three-man junta headed by General Efrain Rios Montt were busy eradicating the mainly indigenous Mayan population, the Reagan administration was certifying to Congress that the human rights situation in Guatemala had improved, thereby renewing military aid and arms sales to Montt. The foregoing information is contained in the book, “A History of Latin America” by Benjamen Keen and Keith Haynes which was the text used in my Latin American Studies course at university. This book also states that “Aided by U.S. military advisers, the Guatemalan military slaughtered an estimated fifteen thousand people in the department of Zacapa alone between 1966 and 1968.” I was puzzled by the film maker’s choices of what infomation should not be included in the film.

  • Andy

    A woefully poor examination of the phenomenon that fails even to mention what was by far the greatest genocide in human history, i.e. the European conquest of the world which included among other things the virtual elimination of indigenous North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean as well as the world trade in African slave labor. Amazing that Goldhagen can discuss the driving of Armenians into the desert without mentioning parallel events in North America perpetrated by the US government and army. It is no coincidence that Goldhagen is a political scientist with the political scientist’s typically shallow understanding of history and culture and that he is woefully ill equipped to understand this painful aspect of human history, preferring a simplistic analysis based on the rational self interest of a few leaders and the moral suasion of powerful countries, which are by far the most homicidal forces extant. It’s no wonder that while Goldhagen is a successful book seller he is such a marginal and repudiated figure in field of genocide studies.

    The film is sickingly self indulgent and narcissistic. Just to give one example of many, can you believe that we have to watch the author go up in the elevator and sit in the waiting room at Albright’s office? He worked ten years to come up with a series of head shots showing himself deep in thought?

  • Alex

    This makes it onto my personal list of top ten films of social conscience. Right up there with An Inconvenient Truth, Harlan County USA, Boyz N The Hood, Sicko. This does it for me for genocide. The film that clarifies the topic — beyond doubt. Thank you PBS for presenting this film.

    Global warming, poverty, the healthcare debate, and now genocide brings out the good hearted people and quite frankly the mean ugly people, the tea party kind of people.

    Mr. Goldhagen, I applaud you for speaking truth to power. 100 million people killed! We have to do more.

  • Ralph S.

    The book goes deeper in some ways than the film. On p.331 there’s a chart that lays out what Goldhagen calls “eliminationist assaults”. He lists Native Americans, and earlier in the book, he says “The Americans’ systematic destruction of Native American life and lives, and their spatial elimination from American society, was an imperial conquest carried out by the state with the broad support of Americans” . In the book there’s mention of other eliminationist campaigns by the United States. He includes the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

    I think the film and the book intend to define the phenomenon of genocide/eliminationism. I’m sure a book could be written for each and every occurrence in genocide’s sad history: The Native American genocide, the Darfur genocide, etc, etc, etc.

    The book and film are significant contributions to our understanding of the phenomenon. By defining the phenomenon, each genocide becomes understandable. Each is part of a program of one people against another. Above all, it is a deliberate human endeavor and it takes a significant toll. As such, if we want to, we can label each occurrence, and, if enough of us care about the next Darfur, hopefully we will save lives.

  • George Wruck, Jr.

    Two or three thoughts on your PBS genocide film:

    I can’t remember precisely how you put it, but it really does seem that the prime function of the UN is not to solve world problems, but to make sure that no one oversteps the sovereignty of a country. Which then suggests that the solution is some absolute moral authority which ignores sovereignty.

    This calls to mind the Michael Rennie speech at the end of the b&w movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still” in which he explains that the race of robots automatically moves against any aggressor, so invoking robotic ire is “unthinkable”. Your solution has to follow this model. Smart minds need to devise a mechanism that is immediate, automatic, and of such proportions that doing dastardly deeds becomes unthinkable.

    Which calls to mind a third thought which I did not hear in your film. All these decision makers who ordered these actions were men, not women. Male domination of society is historic. Maybe there is something deep inside men who don’t (or won’t) grow up, who harbor childish fears about the “stranger”. Maybe the real solution is two or three generations of female leadership.


  • ursula duba

    to SBJ

    “Elimination should also , in my view, encompass other crime besides murder. Rape of women and children; maiming of body parts also kill the mind and spirit effectively damaging people forever.

    I would also have like Mr. Goldhagen to note the smaller but equally horrible killing of the albino children in African countries….that also needs to stop”.

    Let’s give Goldhagen some slack: How many other horrific human ‘actions’ which cripple people emotionally and/or physically for life should Goldhagen have packed into this 2-hour docu? Do you reproach an obstetrician who researches and writes about maternal deaths why he doesn’t also research and write about stroke victims?

    Let’s hope that MANY OTHERS will be inspired by Goldhagenss docu to research, write and make documentaries about the many horrors inflicted on people worldwide.

  • Villangam Vignesh

    Last year Tamils in sri lanka were randomly massacred by the state government. It was a genocide. India, China, Russia and Pakistan together supported the killings directly and indirectly. Western governments kept low profile in the name of agreeing “elimination of LTTE.” After all, the sri lankan minister of defense and then Army Chief of Staff are US permanent residents. None bothered then including UN. Yet no proper inquiry has been done, Everything that we here from the western governments (including to Mr. President, people from foreign affairs committee) is “Be the bygones are bygones, and move on” Business as usual in Washington. Georgia state university allowed only the sri lankan ambassador tell his story. Opponents were kept out of bounced. North Carolina Congressman toured sri lanka on sri lankan lobbyist money to give green light to sri lankan government.

    What is the point of taking Pulitzer winning documentaries after 10 years of everything that happened went as it was; no inquiry and no punishment.

    I do not think we in the western countries are sympathetic for the real suffering people, but we support some of them only because we do not like their oppressors for our own reasons.

    It is sad that even we do think twice to mention some states that are really oppressive and involve in the ethnic cleansing and neo-genocide. I still remember how PBS & Tavis Smiley Had to allow sri lankan minister Mr. Kohanna to provide his version of the event only because Ms. Mia Arulpragasam expressed her views on ethnic killings. It is good letting people express their views whatever they are, but unfortunately the same state Representatives or the media allow others to express their views. Hope this response of mine won’t sink in such fashion.

  • Darshan Tolat MD

    Earthellism, the new philosophy based on astrobiology, can prevent all future genocides. Those who start or commit genocide have a disbelief in hell and a misunderstanding of the true power of God. They are overt atheist or closet atheist who misunderstand the true power of God by believing that if their actions were wrong God would somehow stop them and when they are able to continue their genocide the say that God wants them to continue their genocide. Worse than War should be Worse than Hell and the presence of genocide at all proves that hell is on the surface of earth. Earthellism teaches us that anyone who wants to commit genocide then obtains the ability to act on these tendencies is a atheistic human devil and deserves to be assassinated to prevent all future genocides.

  • Nampiima Dana

    I turned on half way through the show and was immediately drawn in… well partly because I knew Emmanuel Gatari and spent some time learning about the Genocide in Rwanda while I lived in East Africa. I really resonated with seeing the faces of both the survivors and killers that remained to tell the horror stories as well as the ones mumified in some of the memorial sites around Rwanda.

    I re-watched it again online- thank you so much. It makes it easy especially to those that live abroad.

    I get this dreaded sense that even in my place of birth it is possible to look at a human being and yet not see them as humans. It made me think of small ways it starts in people. I see fear as a motive in my culture to buy many things (safer cars, alarm systems, pills, buyers insurance, all sorts of insurances, etc.) Watch commercials and see how many of them use fear as a motive for you to buy their item. This fear that has been so successful in moving people to buy materialistic things now could be moving people to buy into political ideals. The radical Muslims which are far from the majority seem to overshadow all Muslims into a state of fear. could it be a means to buy into political movements? radical movements? What about the idea that there are illegal immigrants that live in our areas and “steal” tax money living off of welfare. In what ways am I living in that danger and maybe at times keeping silent to avoid conflict? Children with deformities are not seen as equal and maybe at times encouraged to be aborted so the mother and father will not have to have a child with lots of “issues.” We do not want to “burden” society with those that have more health issues. Maybe at times society does not see the value of a human with downs syndrome, or one leg instead of two, or whatever issue the child may have. I have observed these trends and wonder what lasting impact they may have on society in the future. Is it these little whispers that start in society that ten years down the road turn to the roar of Genocide?

    I am just processing.
    but thank you for awakening my mind once again.

  • JJ

    I’m heartened that there are individuals on this comment thread that see that this work is NOT well-rounded. It’s definitely presented in a one-sided fashion and ignores causality. The Armenians were not expelled because of their ethnicity. They were expelled because they were traitors leading insurgencies to help the Russians overtake Turkey. Unfortunately, most people won’t dig deeper and are taking this guy’s assertions as complete.

  • Blessing

    Thank you, Mr. Goldhagen, for your research and passion. Thank you for all the time and work you put into putting this together to produce for viewing by the public. I think you were a ‘voice’ for many victims and parties involved. Being a voice is so very important. Very painful stories and events have taken place throughout the history of the world, and very painful stories and events are taking place and will take place in the future.

  • Gerry G

    Thank you, PBS, for airing this provocative and stunning film. Thank you, Pershing Square Foundation, Einhorn Family Trust and other sponsors for enabling this important work. Thank you Mike Dewitt for your part in helping make Daniel Goldhagen’s work enter our lives.

    I will re-view and study this work further and thereby surely deepen my understanding of Goldhagen’s thesis and rationale… and hopefully identify and seize ways of action at the “ordinary citizen” level.

    In reading quite a number of the comments posted to date, I am struck by the apparently deep human need we have to BE the victim, in our own perception and in that we would have all observers hold. Commenters protesting that “[my group]’s plight has been ignored” is at one level understandable – but when that becomes a basis for condemning the whole work, I have to wonder what set of criteria is dominating.

    Which takes my mind right back to “Worse than War”s subject: How often does the battle for the hearts & minds of public opinion hinge on competing claims as to who is rightfully the “victim”? The Serbs, the Montt regime, the Hutus, the Nazis all seem to fit this pattern: did not each one claim to be the hapless victim of the about-to-be-eliminated Other? Is this yet another universal element of beginning genocidal behavior, I wonder? Is there an imperative that, whenever we claim that “higher moral ground” of victimhood, we must pause and first ratchet DOWN the rhetoric to allow for truthful, dispassionate introspection — since this seems an automatically pre-programmed path towards eliminationism and creating Other, real victims??

  • Johnson

    The world tested all its weapons on Tamils through GoSL, 3000 times air strike – more than the explosive used in Hiroshima, cluster bombs, chemical weapons, 5000-6000 shelled daily etc. within the safe zone. More than 50,000 Tamils butchered within 3 months in their own homeland. 300,000 Tamils made refugees in their homeland and being kept in concentration camps. UN did not hold Security Council meeting. UN kept its silence and still keeping its silence. But when North Korea tested one bomb underground, immediate meeting held. WHY???

    Tamil Genocide

    Massacres of Tamils by Sri lanka

  • PBS Lover

    I DVR’d the presentation. A wonderful program. My friends and I are getting together for dinner, a viewing and afterward a discussion. We’ve done this a few times before with other PBS programs, but not for anything as heavy or as moving as this. It’s a pot luck dinner. We’re putting $20 each into a jar at the middle of the table and will be sending it to you. Keep up the good work, PBS. We love you!



    I watched you documentary film “Worse than War” and I like you idea about putting an end to genocide towards people. The way you have presented this film has really disgusted me and made me write this letter to you. I’m hoping that you made this film this way because you haven’t gathered enough relevant and true information, otherwise you have put all the guilt on Serbian people on purpose, then you are one mean person that is spreading western propaganda to make money on you books and films! You are building you career on tortured Serbian people who have stood up to their slaughters that killed Serbian people throughout the ages. Your hands will be dirty because of this film and you will take the guilt.
    As a teenager, I have survived the war in Bosnia and I lived with these people in that time. I have felt the right and wrong on both sides!
    You are putting all the guilt on Serbian people without even mentioning Serbian victims! I agree that the genocide in Srebrenica should be forejudged if it happened, but I have got the feeling that this has been enlarged because of political reasons! In the film you don’t say why the attack by Serbs happened in Srebrenica! Why? Srebrenica was the protected zone and the only armed forces should have been the UNITED NATIONS. However, the UN has been hiding the Muslim armed forces under the command of Naser Oric (he was taken to court in Hague, but was released even though he killed women and children) that have killed around 3500 Serbs in villages around Srebrenica to provoke the Serbs! When the provoked Serbian side and Serbian people had to put a stop to genocide against them, the western politics awaited prepared and they have accused Serbian side in all the media in order to legalize their NATO military action against the Serbs and in that way put the Serbs down. Muslims have increased their number of victims in Srebrenica by brining the bodies from different locations (bodies have been murdered in other front lines far away from Srebrenica).
    I saw in you film that you father survived and thank God for that. Ratko Mladic was not that lucky. His father has been killed in II World War from “ustase” when he was only 2 years old (ustase=Muslim and Croatian soldiers that have been fighting for Hitler).
    This is the truth Mr. Daniel about Srebrenica in short lines, if you care about the truth?
    From 1991 to 1995, 8000 to 10000 Serbs have been killed in Sarajevo
    130 000 Serbs have died in Bosnia from 1991 to 1995
    In your film you haven’t mentioned this huge loses, rather you only talk about Srebrenica and this is the only incident you have pulled out from history. You use this incident to make Serbian people to look really bad in you film. Don’t get me wrong, anyone who did the genocide in Srebrenica should be punished, but who will punish those that have killed Serbs???
    When you have already decided to mention the genocides on Balkan, why did you skip to mention JASENOVAC??? Do you know what happened there in World War II?
    You have said that you worked on this film for 10 years and I really don’t understand how could you miss the history about Jasenovac, where your Jewish people have been murdered beside my Serbian people? The only clarification I can see that your film is politically motivated. The most of this film has been dedicated to the Muslim victims of Srebrenica but you do not mention Serbian victims at all.
    Every year in Donjoj Gradina there is a prayer for all the victims killed in Jasenovac and Donjoj Gradina. For the last 2 years we have visitors from Israel. He is a Chairman of the Ex-Prisoner of War Lobby Erim Balaila Ram Doron. He comes with a group of students from Israel to attend the prayer for all the victims including the 33,000 Jewish victims.
    You are sitting with Haris Silajdzic and you are making an interview with the only war leader left in political scene in Bosnia. You are making the interview with the biggest war lobbyist, with a man who is responsible for the war in Bosnia. Serbia has written the Interpol Warrant for Haris Silajdzic because he is responsible for genocide in Bosnia! For the same genocide there is the Interpol Warrant for Ejup Ganic who is arrested in London a couple of month ago. Serbia is waiting for his deportation and trail.
    Once again I say I am against any genocide but really don’t know what do you want from Serbian people.
    Serbian people are one proud nation, that has its history and didn’t deserve this rude discrimination from the West. Serbian people have never attacked other countries in its history, but on their territory they have been defending themselves from almost all the countries that border with them. Since 1389 when the Serbian territory has been attacked by Turkey (Battle of Kosovo) Serbs have been only defending themselves and from that time problems arise for Serbian people that are active until now. After the Battle of Kosovo, Turkey has occupied all Serbian territory including Bosnia in which Serbs were the big majority. Muslim didn’t even exist in Bosnia at that time. The present Muslims in Bosnia today are ex-Serbs that have been converted to Muslims under the pressure to the Islam religion. The majority in Bosnia now are the Muslims and they want to get rid of all the Serbian people in Bosnia and the want to rule in Bosnia (don’t think this is not possible for exp. Croatia with the help of NATO 1995 has banished 400,000 Serbs from Croatia even though they lived there for thousands of years). Muslims in Bosnia have been declared as a nation in 1974 and from 1995 they call themselves “Bosnjaci”. Even today most of the Muslims have Serbian last names but Muslim first name. This is the proof that they have been converted to Islam religion.
    I just want to tell you that in you film you have humiliated Serbian, Roms and Jewish victims with you unprofessionalism because you haven’t mentioned them but you have working on genocide in that area. For example: that is the same as if I would be making a documentary film about Holocaust and it that film haven’t mentioned the massacre of Jews. I would be ashamed of my work when I would make something unprofessional like that!
    I truly hope that you are going to investigate the massacre of Serbs, Jews and Roms on territory of Bosnia and Croatia (territory of Ex-Yugoslavia) and in foundation of that make a documentary film about those victims and readjust big sin and a un justice which you did because you haven’t mentioned them. I would appreciate if you would visit the conservation camp Jasenovac and Donja Gradina(these two places are basically same place of crime divided by the river Sava. Jasenovac belongs to Croatia and Donja Gradina is part of Bosnia and Herzegovina) and find out by yourself what has happened there because you have started to dig into this you should finish it properly.

  • Mohammad

    Not mentioning the ethnic cleansing of Palestine makes this documentary with all its great content an empty one, how could the author paint himself as the most morally sensitive human on earth and fails to even mention the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians in 1948 from Palestine. People who still hold the deeds to their lands and the keys to their homes which they were forced out of in 1948 hoping to come back one day, only to be occupied by strangers. And just to answer Anna’s ignorant question, Suffering from genocide does not give you the right to commit genocide against other people and take over their land and make it your own. Israel was established on Palestinian land as an occupier force and by the means of ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians. Palestinians are occupied by Israel and are under military control of the Israeli army, and half a million Settlers do live in the west-bank heavily armed and protected by the racist Israeli army and they have no interest in living among Palestinians their only interest is to force the Palestinians out of what little land they are imprisoned in. Israel is so racist it would never consider integrating the Palestinians whiten Israel, and Palestinians do not have a say on who can live where in Palestine, Israel makes all the decisions and they decide for the Palestinians us when to live and when to die. Stealing other people’s land and claiming it is your own does not make you a rightful owner, only a vicious occupier, Hamas did not take any Jewish land or occupied any Jewish people, on the contrary, The Israeli Jews took over Palestine, committed genocide against the Palestinians, driven millions out of their homes who are still living in refugee camps in the west-bank, Gaza, middle-east and the all over the world, many living in conditions not fit for even animals. I cannot believe a scholar like this who claims to hold the highest level of moral values and who values human life and freedom greatly, tries to hide crimes committed by his own people.

  • KBJ

    This was a very good documentary that definitely should pull at your heart as to just how cold humans can be. Some very interesting interviews and some very compelling research. One point not mentioned about the history of Guatemala: The Mayans’ were terrorized and killed by both sides of that conflict. The guerrilla’s committed atrocities including mass murders. The guerrilla’s would take actions against the Mayans’ with accusations for being complicit with the Army and the Army would charge the Mayans’ with helping the guerrillas. The Mayans’ were caught in the middle.

  • Saied

    Unspoken Genocide: Convention on War Crimes and Genocide in Sri Lanka.
    Sri Lanka has presented model genocide, a model which has successfully massacred hundreds of thousands of civilians without any witness. A war without witness is what Sri Lanka has presented before the world as a model. This model has now given strength to the rest of the oppressing governments of the world and shown ways of how to oppress in a more brutal way without having to worry about international or national criticisms.

  • Cober

    Danny you are so funny hahahahah shame on you.The whole world knows for Srebrenica genocide ,but i guess ur smarter then whole world.Please stop ……..

  • Mohammed

    To the other Mohammed, and everyone who posts that what is happening in Palestine is genocide.

    It’s not. Use your dictionary. You like to frame it this way so as to have an excuse to rail against America and Israel. Stop blaming others, and start helping others.

    It is particularly pathetic that this is what you post after having watched the documentary. You give a bad name to all us Muslims.

  • Sebastien

    I agree with Mohammed (the second one). The Palestinians are not living like dogs as you like to claim to try and garner support (and pity?)

    The UNDP’s Human Development Index, which measures ‘’health, knowledge, and standard of living’’, ranks the Occupied Palestinian Territories higher than every sub-Saharan African country, including South Africa.

    The index places the Palestinians in the ‘High Human Development’ category for adult literacy rates (93.8%), life expectancy at birth (73.3%), and malnourished children (3%). In all categories, the territories ranked higher than all South Asian and Arab countries, and even outpaced Brazil, Russia (adult literacy notwithstanding), India, and China.

    Even after Israel’s invasion of Gaza, World Health Organization representative Mahmoud Daher stated that ‘’It [Gaza] is, of course, crowded and poor, but it is better off than nearly all of Africa as well as parts of Asia. There is no acute malnutrition, and infant mortality rates compare with those in Egypt and Jordan’’.

    Average aggregate GDP per capita in the Occupied Palestinian Territories ($4 400 in the Gaza Strip , $2 800 in the West Bank ) is greater than 80 other countries including Albania, Armenia, Morocco, Uruguay, Ukraine, Indonesia, and Viet Nam.

    In a recent Wall Street Journal article Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said of the Palestinians living in the West Bank: ‘‘[W]e have a good reality. The people are living a normal life.’’

    You should try and add some context to your argument Mohammed 1.

  • JP

    Very interesting stats Sebastien. But lets put it to the smell test..

    You quote the UNDP’s Human Development Index, which measures ‘’health, knowledge, and standard of living’’, ranks the Occupied Palestinian Territories higher than every sub-Saharan African country, including South Africa.

    So lets take those same stats and compare them with conditions under which the Israelis live. How large the would the disparity be ?

    And if those were the conditions which the Jews lived under in the middle east, how loud and wouldn’t the outcry be from the Jews that “we living like dogs ?

    So yes, lets add some context

  • james

    I think that this and other materials on this topic should be mandated in our Public Schools, maybe then these girls and boys that think they have it so tough could come to grips with reality and survival. As the comments before missed the mark this is a political action, whether it’s to commit the action or stop the action, it is political. Saddam Hussein at one time was an alley, he did as the others and killed without any resistance, before Desert Storm and after the no fly was enacted.

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