By Andy Turpin
In every era there are those strident and resolute individuals who stand up to be counted with the number of those that defend the weak and the persecuted from injustice and harm.
In the last 30 years, Dr. Gregory Stanton has made a career of combating injustice and speaking out against the perpetuation of genocide around the globe, especially the denial of the Armenian Genocide by the Turkish state and its interest groups.
In a recent interview, Stanton, a previous president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) and current president of Genocide Watch, spoke about issues of comparative genocide and the current run-up in the US Congress and Senate to recognize the Armenian Genocide in 2010.
Stanton stated, “I think the default setting of tyrannies is that they will continue to resort to genocide. But well over half the countries in the world are democracies and that’s a huge step forward.”
“I think democracy is the best antidote to genocide. Democracies do not commit genocide against their own enfranchised populations. The more democracy spreads, the fewer genocides there will be in the twenty-first century,” he added.