This picture, which I believe to be of my great-great grandmother and great-great aunts in Krakow, Poland, illustrates why we must care about genocide and crimes against humanity, wherever they occur. These beautiful beings were killed in the Nazi genocide against the Jews. Look at the faces of these innocent people and remember that they were killed simply because they were Jewish. These are people just like ourselves whose lives were brutally cut short.
Did they die in vain? Genocides and terrible crimes against humanity have continued--in recent times in Bosnia, in Rwanda, in Sri Lanka. And today innocent and courageous protesters are being gunned down and shelled in Libya and tortured in Iranian prisons. Today's victims of such violent crimes are victims not only of their own regimes but also, as British Prime Minister David Cameron himself admitted today, of choices we in the West have made. We have chosen business interests over morality, stability over human rights, oil over life.
Every time we choose to enrich ourselves at the expense of such crimes, we become poorer as a world. Each time we turn a blind eye to violations of human rights, we normalize atrocity. We must care, and care passionately, for all of us are related, one human family. Look at the faces in the picture and remember. Let them not die in vain. In their name, let us create a world of care for the lives of all.
We are all related.