What History of Genocide meant to me

So it was just an FSEM to many of us but I found this class to honestly be the most rewarding out of all the classes I took this year at Mary Washington. Professor Tikriti really allowed us to grow as students from January to April and I can ensure that I have grown since January. When we started I wanted to be lazy and not read the books we were assigned but I quickly realized that I would only hurt myself by doing that. So I started to be active in discussions and read and summarize the books on the course site. It not only allowed me to be a better reader and interpret what I read but be involved in discussions.  Then when we did the group project, I was able to make long lasting friendships with my group members and we were able to achieve success together in class from that point forward. Then came the paper which I thought was fun to pick your own topic and discuss it till you cannot say anything anymore in terms of analysis. Finally, my favorite, the solo presentation which allowed me to get in my comfort zone and present a fluid presentation about the possible genocide with the Rohingya in Myanmar. Overall this class was the perfect class for any freshmen and I have nothing but positive feelings for Professor Tikriti.


Thank you

Hiltermann’s A Poisonous Affair II. Questions & Comments.

Section two of Hiltermann’s book discusses more public policy than on history. In the later chapters, it focuses largely on International involvement, especially the American involvement.

Through journalism at the time, readers can see the development of the conflict on the international scene. Hiltermann, writing shortly after the conflict, was able to get a better picture, relatively un-skewed by bias and propaganda. When comparing the two situations, it seems more reasonable to believe that the UN wasn’t getting involved. However, the use of chemical gases should have been enough to mandate involvement.


  1. Was Iran involved in Halabja or not?