Srebrenica and the historical context of the Yugoslav civil war

Srebrenica and the historical context of the Yugoslav civil war

25 October 2012
Serbs, according to the average google user

Couple of days ago those of us who follow the situation in Libya closely, were anxiously watching 108morris108 you tube chanel, an anti-imperialistic chanel that usually shows an alternative narrative about Libyan, Syrian and other ongoing conflicts through short interviews with people there.

As you may or may not know, Bani Walid, a hometown of the Libya’s biggest tribe Warfalla, is under siege by the neocolonial puppet “government” forces, but mostly by the enraged Misrata militias. Morris was inteviewing a young Libyan doctor who was appealing for help and siezefire and pointing out the shortages in Bani Walid’s only hospital, the number of wounded and dead. At some point, the doctor warned that if this situation was to continue “Misrata will do Srebrenica to Bani Walid”. This was probably said to in order to inspire some reaction in the people from the West who’s only knowledge of Srebrenica was what they were informed by the mass media during the Yugoslav civil war, hence linking the word “genocide” with Srebrenica.

As you can imagine, this statement that even came to be the title for the video, got some negative reaction by the Serbs who were the loudest in voicing their support for Gaddafi, for the Libyan sovereignty and their opposition to NATO intervention in Libya and who are following Morris’s chanel for a year or more now. One thing led to another and Morris wanted to learn more about the conflict in Yugoslavia as he admitted being poorly informed about Srebrenica, knowing only what he read in Wikipedia and MSM propaganda reports.

The first in what could lead to a series of videos on this subject, is an interview with a foreigner living in Serbia Joaquin Flores. 

The next short video was an interview with Natalija Soto, a Serb from Belgrade who mentioned some of historical roots of the conflict that would violently burst in the ’90 in former Yugoslav republics.

Morris is now looking for someone from the other sides involved in the Yugoslav civil war who would like to talk about it and hopefully we will have a chance to watch another video with Natalija, cause 5 minutes was not nearly enough for such a complex topic. It is my hope that we will manage to keep the discussion civil and not fall into that trap of throwing dirt at one another as usual, I would much prefer to throw dirt at our common enemies, if we can agree on who they are.

Having said that, my heart goes to the innocent victims on all sides and I hope that the understanding of the destruction of Yugoslavia can help Libyans and Syrians learn some important lessons.

3 comments on “Srebrenica and the historical context of the Yugoslav civil war

  1. Wow. People don’t believe there was a massacre at Srebenica? That’s crazy. Have the mass graves been censored from the Serbian media?

    • “People” know that there had been massacre in (and around) Srebrenica- 1. in the summer of 1995 over Muslims, and 2. between 1992 and 1995 over Serbs- and that’s the proper label: “just” the massacre”, not genocide.

      Definition of Srebrenica Genocide is manufactured in the Western controlled Hague Tribunal (ICTY), purely for the political purposes. Against the fact that international and UN forensics and other experts were able to forensically determine “the mass execution” and identification of 2,028 of Muslim war prisoners (men of military age). Western powers and ICTY later inflated this number up to 8,000 men, providing no firm forensic evidence, but some statistical estimates and “demographic projections- while “secretly” relocating (reburying) the bodies of Muslim victims from the numerous Bosnian locations, to Srebrenica Memorial Park “Potocari”, in years to come, in order to achieve “the magic number” they badly needed.

      While in Serbia nobody from the authorities, and nobody else serious enough, denies that during the liberation of Srebrenica by the Bosnian Serb Army (in the hands of some “rogue units”), the massacre, the war crimes and crimes against humanity took the place-
      In same time the Western powers and their “Kangaroo Court” ICTY refuse to recognize the almost identical number of Serbian victims (mostly civilians) from around Srebrenica who were subjected to the massacres and horrible atrocities by the Bosnian Muslim brigades from Srebrenica and Tuzla.
      While the Bosnian Serb authorities and the forensic investigators (including the international bodies and experts) were able to identify by the name and other particulars (and bury) 3,267 of Serbian victims in Srebrenica region, the official Bosnian authorities in Muslim dominated and controlled federation (BiH) lower that number, Still, they had to recognize that in the same period and at same locations (around Srebrenica) at least 2,385 Serbs died in the hands of Bosnian Muslim Army.

      Canadian general Louis Mackenzie, the former UN military commander in Bosnia recently explained why the massacre of Bosnian Muslim men in Srebrenica cannot be considered as a genocide, but rather as a war crime and crime against humanity- While the systematic massacres, ethnic cleansing, and total distraction of dozens of Serbian villages around Srebrenica, could (and should) be legally defined as a genocide.
      General Mackenzie highlighted the simple fact that upon seizure of Srebrenica, Serbian army made sure that all Muslim women, children and elderly were safely evacuated to nearby city of Tuzla (providing for them the buses and trucks for the transportation) while the majority victims of the alleged Serbian massacre were captured Muslim soldiers and men of military age. Furthermore there was not any Serbian army plan for their mass and summary executions despite to the Western media and politicians’ claim (even ICTY couldn’t provide such evidence), but things “got out of control” when Serbian local military members, whose relatives were massacred previously by the Srebrenica Muslims, started to exert the revenge over POW…

      You see- nothing is Black & White, except when you are watching CNN and BBC, then everything is probably- just B&W.
      The real truth is always somewhere in the middle, and as the say: Only the truth shall set us free…

      FBR Media Group founder and editor M. Novakovic

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