By the thedailybeast.com
One week after Holocaust Remembrance Day and a day shy of the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, President Barack Obama stood at a lectern in the
“‘Never again,’” the president said, invoking the familiar slogan, “is a challenge to us all to pause and to look within. For the Holocaust may have reached its barbaric climax at Treblinka and
Obama was speaking as much about the present as about the past. As the Sudanese threaten to tumble back into war, and
Sheathed in the language of the Holocaust (and embedding in that message an assurance that he stands with the state of Israel and against anti-Semitism), the president announced the creation of an Atrocity prevention Board, an interagency mechanism that calls for a new means of preventing mass atrocities and genocides. The board’s creation was the result of a White House statement issued last summer that “preventing mass atrocities and genocide is a core national-security interest and a core moral responsibility of the
Also on Monday, the president announced an executive order targeting governments and individuals who use information technology as a means of abusing human rights. Specifically focused on
The message sent by the APB’s creation is clear—the question is whether it can be implemented.