Re: Bad times traits

From: Van oost Kenneth (
Date: Sat 19 Apr 2003 - 18:29:53 GMT

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    ----- Original Message ----- From: "Keith Henson" <>
    > Definitely good points on the Hutu/Tutsi conflict. But my argument is
    > such matters are superficial. The particular historical background
    > to be causative, but is not. A starving population will become diseased
    > with some pathogen, but the cause is the starvation, not the opportunistic
    > pathogen.
    > In bad economic times we see historical grievances (i.e., memes) amplified
    > into major conflicts (or mob actions) by a long evolved psychological
    > characteristic that is "turned on" in humans by hard times. But the hard
    > times are the cause rather than the history, though the history certainly
    > contributes to the details of how the sides line up


    So the Hutu ( the majority) just killed the Tutsi ( the minority) because the former ( Hutu) blamed the latter ( Tutsi) for all the problems ( the hard times) where which they we 're faced !? Historical looking at things the Tutsi we 're to blame........!

    Why did the Hutu waited so long to kill the Tutsi.....afterall, the situation they we 're in lasted for decades and maybe centuries !? Where is the sudden profit in changing the situation round coming from !?

    There was, IMO a long lasting economic downturn for the Hutu majority, they certainly had reasons to blame the other group for their problems, that would certainly justifies their deaths, but I wonder about the reason why they waited so long to take action. Minority or not, in control or not, 10% of the population or not, still in an armed conflict, due to that evolved psychological cha- ractersitic of the others, the Tutsi would be wiped clean.

    I don 't really see the timescale of the events from Hutu- side !



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