Sunday, April 04, 2010

Sometimes an Apology Isn't Enough

Especially one the mealy-mouthed. The World from Berlin: 'Political Theater in Belgrade' Falls Short of Making Up for Srebrenica - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

Since few remember...
The Srebrenica massacre is considered the worst atrocity of the 1990s Balkan civil wars, and the only act of genocide in Europe since the Holocaust. Bosnian Serb militias, led by General Ratko Mladic and backed by Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic in Belgrade, separated women from men in the spa town of Srebrenica in July 1995 and killed an estimated 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys. "They stripped all the male Muslim prisoners, military and civilian," according to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which ruled the massacre a genocide in 2004, "and deliberately and methodically killed them solely on the basis of their identity."
This article doesn't even touch on the UN's involvement.

The apology?
The text only says the massacre was not stopped. It sounds as if the Serbian state now wants to distance itself from the actions of the Bosnian Serbs -- although in the '90s it supported them.
And then ther are the "Yes, But" sections of the resolution.
It's true that Serbs were also victims of violence; not many people know that several dozen Serbs were killed by Bosnian Muslim (or Bosniak) fighters from Srebrenica who went plundering through the village of Kravica during Orthodox Christmas celebrations in 1993. It's also true there were very few reports of crimes against Serbs at the start of the Yugoslavian civil wars, and that experience from World War II gave Serbs a justified fear of living in a new nation as an ethnic minority. But there was a reason for these gaps in public memory: The (Serbian) fear of being victimized led quickly to monstrous Serbian crimes.
I am all about self-defense, but what the Serbs did in Bosnia was not self-defense. It was genocide.

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