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Guardian: Bombs found in Srebrenica
July 6, 2005
Bosnian Serb police said yesterday that several bombs were found planted at Srebrenica's memorial centre ahead of the 10th anniversary of the wartime massacre. Radovan Pejic, spokesman for the force, said police were informed of the explosives by the EU peace force in Bosnia. Police sealed off the location yesterday and sent bomb disposal experts and sniffer dogs to the memorial centre, which is located in the Srebrenica suburb of Potocari.
"We found a significant amount of explosives at two separate locations and we have sealed off the wider region of Potocari," Mr Pejic said. "The explosive was ready to be detonated but was removed by our experts and the immediate area of the memorial centre is safe."
The 10th anniversary is scheduled for July 11 and organisers expect up to 50,000 people to attend, including regional leaders and international dignitaries. Some 570 victims of the massacre, between the ages of 14 and 75, will be buried at the memorial cemetery during the ceremony.
Originally posted by Hellmutt
Soj: Srebrenica (recommended)
Soj: Follow-up to Srebrenica
Imagine this for a moment, ok? Just imagine... imagine that the people killed from Srebrenica didn't die in a "genocide" but in a series of massacres. Would that make them any less dead? Would it change how they died, or who killed them? No of course not. The only difference is the label, and it's quite a powerful one.
A massacre is a tragedy. A massacre is an outrage. A massacre is a terrible event. A massacre is one of the horrors of war, which occur in all wars. But genocide is something else... it raises the bar to a whole new level of "evil". As an advocate for peace, I'm always slightly puzzled by this concept that there is "right" war and "wrong" war. Like roadside bombs in Iraq are somehow "wrong" but Apache gunships are "right" somehow. So massacres, shelling of residential areas of towns, rape, terror tactics to get residents to flee (i.e. ethnic cleansing), destruction of houses of worship, historical buildings and monuments, bridges, hospitals - even the bombing of refugee camps - somehow these are "ok", or at least tolerated aspects of war.
It's quite well documented that all sides participated in the above activities. More than a million people are displaced from that war because another ethnicity or group used terror, mayhem and death to frighten them into fleeing from their home. But see all that is "ok" or at least relatively "ok", because it was done by all sides. It's when it comes to this topic of genocide that the ball game changes, because just one group did it, and they did it just one time, over a period of just one week, with their victims coming from just one town.
If it was just an "ordinary" series of massacres, then it wouldn't even have been commemorated earlier this week. Do you see the irony of that? Hundreds of thousands of people are just as dead from the same war, killed under different circumstances, but only the ones from Srebrenica are commemorated by world leaders and given extensive media coverage.
In other words, that title "genocide" really does make a huge difference. It makes the dead from Srebrenica some kind of extra special dead and it makes the perpetrators an extra special kind of evil.
They say history is written by the "winners" and nothing could be more true than in this case.