Are some people destined to do harm to others? Is there something in their psychological make-up from their birth which is dictating their behaviour? Or do those who carry out pre-meditated murder, rape or torture do so because of their experience in life? Is it as much about circumstance as anything else? There are several reasons we’re picking up on this today.
1. Today is the 15th Anniversary of the start of the Rwandan genocide.
2. The LRA. New reports say the Ugandan rebel movement the Lord’s Resistance Army is continuing its attacks on civilians in DR Congo and southern Sudan. It’s long been accused of mass rape, murder and forcing children to fight for them.
3. The al-Bashir arrest warrant. The Sudanese president is accused of crimes against humanity. Whoever is responsible for what’s happened in Darfur, that thousands of people have died in devastating attacks on whole villages is fact.
4. Josef Fritzl. He needs no explaining.
5. Khmer Rouger trial in Cambodia.
6. Prolonged attack on two boys in the UK. This is clearly not on the same scale as the other examples, but plenty of people in the UK are wondering what leads to one set of boys treating another like this.
7. German teenager shoots dead 15 people last month.
And of course on top of these current events, there are many more going back over the years from the most terrible of them all – the Holocaust – to the more recent spate of gun attacks.
What is it that drives people to be involved in such horrors?