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Thousands recall Srebrenica pain (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Jul, 11 2005 @ 06:51 AM
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Tens of thousands of people are attending ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the massacre of 8 000 Bosnian Muslims
About 8,000 men and boys were killed by Serbian forces in 1995, in Europe's worst atrocity since World War II.

 



news.bbc.co.uk
A Serbian delegation led by President Boris Tadic is at the memorial for the first time.

Also attending Monday's ceremonies are former US Balkans envoy Richard Holbrooke and the president of the war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Theodor Meron.

UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw apologised on behalf of the international community for not doing enough to prevent what he described as one of the darkest chapters of European history since 1945.

"For it is to the shame of the international community that this evil took place under our noses and we did nothing like enough. I bitterly regret this and I am deeply sorry for it," he said.

He said that it was "sickening" that former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and his army commander Gen Radko Mladic, who are accused of the slaughter, had not yet been brought to justice.

The tribunal's chief prosecutor, Carla del Ponte, has boycotted the occasion in protest against the failure to arrest the two.




Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


I find it sick and twisted as most of the 8 000 people were seeking refuge.
But rounded up then killed in mass numbers after being separated from their loved ones.


video of events
news.bbc.co.uk...#




posted on Jul, 11 2005 @ 08:10 AM
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Srebrenica is a shame on the whole "civilized" world.

Here is an interesting link:

www.haverford.edu...

It contains a lot of info on the whole tragedy and evidence of involvment of western diplomats in all that.


An excerpt from the book Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica, Europe's Worst Massacre since World War II by pulitzer prize winner David Rohde:

"The civilian head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the former Yugoslavia, Yasushi Akashi, privately complained to aides about negative media coverage the day after Srebrenica's fall. "It would help," Akashi said, "if we had some TV pictures showing the Dutch feeding refugees." While having lunch with Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic a month after Srebrenica's fall, Akashi asked, "Do you see bear and deer from the deck we're on?" Milosevic' replied, "Yes, from time to time, but there's no hunting next to the lodge. You have to go one or two kilometers away." Akashi then made a joke. "A safe area for animals," he said. The entire table burst out laughing."

The book also details isanely stupid decisions by Janvier, a general in charge of UN peace keeping troups and his collaboration with war criminals Karadzic and Mladic.



Then an essay written by Bianca Jagger. She has been honored for her 20 years of work on human rights by Amnesty International. She has worked throughout the world, from Nicaragua to Northern Ireland, collating evidence and producing reports on issues of human rights.

Part one: www.haverford.edu...

Part two: www.haverford.edu...

This text begins with an account of the background of the tragedy, the actual atrocities as represented in the Tribunal indictments and eyewitness testimony of survivors. The article then articulates the details of:

* the secret deal between General Janvier and General Mladic made in Zvornik on June 4, 1995, prior to the massacre;
* the June 9 conversation among Yasushi Akashi, Janvier, and General Rupert Smith;
* the intrigue and collaboration among Akashi, Mladic, and Milosevic as the massacre was occurring;
* the handing over by the Dutch Battalion of unarmed Muslims to Mladic as Dutch commanders drank champagne with General Mladic;
* the Dutch Battalion's supplying of fuel for General Mladic to drive away his captives for torture and execution;
* General van der Wind's debriefing of July 13 and the beginning of the attempted cover-up.


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The Srebrenica is only one attrocity out of many commited by extremist Serbs during the war in Bosnia between 1992 and 1995.
Over 200,000 people have been killed during that period, hundreds of women raped in rape camps, thousands tortured in concentration camps, thousands are still missing, probably buried in mass graves that have yet to be discovered, tens of thousands live as refugees all over the world, those who didn't manage to escape suffered through shellings, bombs, snipers, hunger, desease, the country is still trying to get back on its feet.

The masterminds of it, Karadzic and Mladic, are still at large, probably hiding somewhere in Serbia, hopefully not for long.

Maybe one day all those responsible for genocide will be brought to justice. If not in this world, then in the one beyond.

May the victims rest in peace.










[edit on 11-7-2005 by paperclip]



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