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January 17, 2005

Bosnian Serbs convicted of genocide charges over Srebrenica 1995 massacre

Topics: International News

I've been waiting for the Haque to finally accomplish the prosecution and judgement of the perpetrators in the massacre of Muslims in Bosnia, and Aljazeera has an article today on the sentencing on Monday of two former Bosnian Serb army commanders. The atrocities were carried out mainly by Serbs but also by Croats and Muslims, and they have long cried out for punishment of the inhuman murderers that led the terrible violence of rape, murder, and general ethnic cleansing. This should be viewed as just a begining, for the real murderers such as Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, Radovan Karadzic, the leader of Bosnia's Serbs and General Ratko Mladic, commander of the Bosnian Serb army should have already been sentenced to a life in 6 by 8 cell. An overview  of the Balkan attrocities and the issue of ethnic violence is available in an excellent paper at the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing. The following excerpts from the Aljazeera article give you a taste of the crimes committed by these men:

(...)  "Thousands of Muslims were slaughtered in July 1995, when Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia fell to Serb forces. The massacre stands as one of the most notorious episodes of the 1992-95 Bosnian war."

(...) " Vidoje Blagojevic, former Bosnian Serb officer, was found guilty of complicity in genocide by aiding and abetting the crime and of aiding and abetting murder, persecutions and inhumane acts."

(...)   "These crimes were committed in little more than one week with a level of brutality and depravity not previously seen in the conflict in Yugoslavia and are among the darkest days in modern European history."

Aljazeera Jan 17
Judges at The Hague war crimes tribunal sentenced on Monday two former Bosnian Serb army commanders
to 18 years and 9 years, for their role in the massacre of more than 7,000 Muslims in the eastern Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica in 1995.  Read more...

A history of the war in Bosnia is available at The Center for Balkan Development.

As a post script I'd like to say that in the Balkan war I strongly believed that the Serbs were the perpetrators and the aggressors, and that their actions were to be far more condemned than those of the Muslims there. I am a Christian and the Serbs were predominantly Christian, so let it not be said that I am against Muslims, for I am not against Muslims. I am dead set against Islamists, and I draw a distinct line between the two.

Posted by Hyscience at January 17, 2005 1:00 PM

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