Last May, Aung Moe, one of the student leaders during the 1988 student uprising in Burma, staged a solo 5-day hunger strike calling on Obama to support a UN-led Commission of Inquiry to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity in Burma.
A photograph against human trafficking. Photo by Royce DeGrie
"Remember the Holocaust"
That's the mantra we hear on Veteran's Day, and in any class we take on Modern World History. "Remember the Holocaust." Remember, so that we will never let it happen again. That's what we tell our students, that's what we tell our friends, that's what we tell ourselves.
But we aren't remembering the Holocaust. Because to remember the Holocaust, and for that memory to be a preventative measure against any future Holocaust, we cannot dwell in the tragedy of the past. We must be vigilant in defending against tragedy in the future. In the present. That's how you honor the...