Propaganda can be used to incite mass murder in a number of ways. The method called “accusation in a mirror” (“AiM”) has yet to receive the attention from legal scholars and tribunals that it deserves. It means the majority group accuses the persecuted group of intention to commit genocide against the very group harboring the desire to commit genocide, which then incites the majority to genocide. If properly understood, the concept of AiM could assist jurists in correcting the Genocide Convention’s most conspicuous weakness (i.e., its utter failure to prevent genocides before the killings occur).
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