The genocide loophole
Claims of the 'greater good' too often let mass murderers off the hook.
It's a wrongheaded distinction. Murder is murder, whether the motive stems from bigotry or the pursuit of allegedly enlightened social planning. And that's usually a false distinction anyway. Racial genocide is often rationalized as a form of progress by those responsible. Under the Holodomor, Ukrainian culture was systematically erased by the Russian Soviets, who saw it as inferior or expendable. No doubt the Sudanese janjaweed in Darfur and the Chinese People's Liberation Army in Tibet believe that they are "modernizers" too.
The Indians were arguably just the first of many victims. We paid for the enslavement and extermination of African tribes. We vaporized the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki unnecessarily. We bombed more than half a million Iraqi civilians to death after the first Gulf War.
And of course we stood by while others committed genocide in Cambodia, Rwanda, Chechnya, and Sudan. Heck, we stood by while Hitler, Stalin, and Mao killed millions. About the only time we've intervened to stop mass murder was in the Balkan wars of the mid-1990s.
For more on the subject, see Adolf Hitler: A True American.