In 1996, Dr. Gregory Stanton (founder and director of Genocide Watch – a Washington, D.C.-based organization which aims to “predict, prevent, stop, and punish genocide and other forms of mass murder”) originally presented a briefing paper to the U.S. State Department on the Eight Stages of Genocide.
He now applies these stages, and early warnings, to Iran – warnings which retroactively have been applied to the genocides of the Jewish people (1933-1945), the Armenians (1915–1923), the Kurds (1986-1989), and the Rwandans (1994).
With updated facts and figures for 2012, Stanton’s theory considers Ahmadinejad’s bid to “wipe Israel off the map,” and, along with author Mitch Ginsberg of The Times of Israel, ultimately asserts that Iran “has taken six of the eight steps on the path to genocide.”
Stanton says that Iran has:
- classified Israel through exclusionary ideology and hate speech,
- symbolized Israel through exclusionary ideology and hate speech,
- dehumanized Israel – “overcoming the normal human revulsion against murder” — by portraying the potential victims as a “cancer” in need of eradication,
- organized fanatical militias (the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps),
- polarized the society by repressing dissent and arresting moderates,
- prepared for the killing by denying a past genocide and by constructing weapons of mass destruction,
- And, through global terrorism, Iran has begun the seventh of the eight stages: extermination.
“Talk of genocide is never just talk,” warns Stanton. And we hope the necessary leaders are listening.