HowTo:Deny a genocide
There are a lot of fictitious genocides in public memory. However, scholarly research shows that many of them are actually conspiracy theories alleged by various groups who have a stake in spreading them. By learning how to deny a genocide, you will be able to purify the human mind from these despicable lies. Remember that this is a humor page and we have no intention to offend you by suggesting via sarcasm that already disproven cases of genocides like Holocaust, so-called Armenian "genocide", and Nanking massacre are actually genocides.
Last line was a joke-joke of course; we are respect all victims of those horrendous crimes. Yet Armenian "genocide" hoax excluded because it indeed is not a genocide, seriously.
Denial through reasoning[edit | edit source]
Contradiction[edit | edit source]
The simplest way to deny a genocide is to deny. Tell people it is not true! (a good rudumentary attempt)
Whataboutism[edit | edit source]
Tell people their ancestors too committed genocides and that they should apologize for them before accusing your country of committing genocides. (can impress the average Joe)
"The imperialist Western countries, who accuse us of genocide, must study their own dark past first!" —a genocide scholar (can't remember the name)
Poisoning the well[edit | edit source]
Do your friends tell that a lot of scholars say something was a genocide? Ask them why they believe propagandists and liars. After all, those whom they call scholars are biased against your country. (if they don't know what ad-hominem means, this will succeed)
Trivialization[edit | edit source]
Inspiring historical figures like Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan, Napoleon also committed genocides, so it must be something cool right? Come on, even the infallible God committed genocide by killed everyone with the Great Flood. A more interesting aproach to trivialize is to creat an uncyclopedia page called "How to deny a genocide."
Denial through historical arguments[edit | edit source]
Mutual genocides theory[edit | edit source]
Claim that there were massacres from both sides, that those killed were terrorists, or that the ethnic community revolted against the country your ancestors ruled and therefore the government's "intervention" to the instability was legitimate. (works especially good if you cherry-pick your sources)
Accidental deaths theory[edit | edit source]
Claim that those who were killed died during a relocation, disease, or famine and your ancestors were not responsible for the death.
Denial through legal arguments[edit | edit source]
Dolus specialis[edit | edit source]
According to UN Genocide Convention, there needs to be a special intent to destroy a nation to qualify an event as genocide. Tell others your ancestors had no intention to destroy the destroyed nation, so it can not be described as a genocide. (tried-and-true)
Nulla crimen sine lege[edit | edit source]
This means that a person cannot be convicted guilty of an act before the it was criminalized. Tell people that what you ancestors did cannot be described as genocide because the word genocide, which was invented in mid-20th century, didn't exist back then and therefore not criminalized. (legit tactic)
Political class theory[edit | edit source]
In UN genocide definition, political groups are intentionally excluded. You can claim those killed were part of a political group thus the events cannot be described as genocide. (e.g., Judeo-Bolsheviks)