Probably better to focus in on domestic problems than international affairs, but you can't just allow thousands of people to get slaughtered...so although many countries have started because of civil wars i think we should try to make peaceful negotiations.
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Selena, I'm not religious, but there are a couple of Bible stories that answer your question.
The first is Adam's cop-out in Genesis: "Am I my brother's keeper?" The second is the parable of the Good Samaritan, with which I'm sure you're familiar. If not, Google it.
Let's forget genocide for a moment and look at our own neighbourhoods. Suppose one of your neighbours brutalises his wife. Beats her, breaks her bones, threatens to kill her. She is unable to defend herself so should the community, as a whole, intervene? Should the police be called? Should he be incarcerated where he can no longer harm her? There's not much argument, there.
When entire races or entire nations attack minorities who are equally unable to defend themselves, shouldn't the world community come to their aid in whatever manner seems most appropriate? Should we stand back and let genocide happen? Of course we must help.
To a very large extent we ARE our brother's keeper, for if we all stand back and do nothing we could be abetting another Holocaust.
There's a famous quote from Pastor Martin Niemoller, a vehement opponent of Adolf Hitler, that answers your question. I'll post it as a comment.