Who counts as a victim?
Why our attitudes towards mass violence need to change. Innocent, passive, apolitical: after the Holocaust, the standard for ‘true’ victimhood has worked to justify total war. A. Dirk Moses, a Professor of Global Human Rights History, explores how pantomime of victims and villains conceals the real horrors of war. He reflects on how the discourse of innocent victimhood empowers powerful activists to generate more violence and kill more innocent victims in the name of saving the world from violence against innocent victims.