Annals of Settler Colonialism (4) German Namiba #savagesunite

German officers arrive in Southwest Africa from Berlin to deal with the Herero, whose rebellion has died down. Ordinarily a colonial state would now move to negotiations. But Gen. von Trotter had no intention of negotiating or compromising. The Herero were now doomed.

Refusing to negotiate in good faith is common among settler colonialists. Being settlers, they are hungry for land and resources, which as ‘civilized’ people they think they know how to exploit, whereas the local ‘savages’ are irrational, lazy, backward, and so forth, and so have forfeited their claim on those resources. The conviction of the settlers that the local people they are displacing are nonentities can be given force by actually reducing them to nonentities.

Part 4 of the documentary on the German genocide against the Herero of 1904.

5 Responses

  1. Please, email me all links about the genocide of the Herero people. I am also seeking books and movies about what the Germans have done in Burundi, Congo and Cameroun.


  2. The famous Holocaust scholar Yehuda Bauer has identified the genocide of the Herero people as an important step in German society towards the Holocaust. I know this is not what you want to imply in showcasing this documentary, but the world would do well to reflect on the genocidal intentions of Hezbollah, Hamas and other terrorist groups & ruling cliques who wish to destroy the Jews.

    • Hey, how about Jabotinsky’s genocidal intention of eliminating the Palestinians – for which he used the USA’s successful, unpunished elimination of the native Americans as the model?

    • Leon, as long as a majority of individuals on each side of a conflict is unable to recognize and take responsibility for the crimes committed against the other side, there can be no peace. It would do well for you Leon, to reflect upon the fact that neither the Hezbollah nor Hamas would exist had it not been for Israeli policies towards Lebanon and the Palestinians who have been robbed of land, livelihood, possessions, dignity, their past, and their future, basically everything. There is no lack of terrorists in Israel. Two even served as prime ministers of Israel, Yitzhak Shamir and Menachem Begin. Bibi, the current prime minister, chose to celebrate the 60-year anniversary of the terrorist bombing of the King David Hotel in 1946. Israel and its supporters must realize that it cannot play the perpetual victim role in the occupied territories.

  3. Oh please, the fact is that the Nazis killed more Jews on the average day in 1944 than all the Arabs killed by Israel since 1948! You can accuse the Jews all you want but we’re not threatening anyone with genocide or national ‘elimination.’

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