Most Western media reacted in a propagandistic manner and bashing Russia by implying that it is supporting “the genocidal policies of their traditional allies Serbs”.
But what were the British motives?
- Genuine concern for human rights and peace and stability in the Balkans?
- Or a cynical chess move in a cunning geopolitical game currently unfolding in the Balkans between the west and Russia?
Latest news! Serbian PM Aleksandar Vucic and his delegation have been attacked with stones and other objects during their visit to the Srebrenica memorial complex in Potocari. The prime minster was hit with a stone in the face and his glasses were broken. The mob was shouting at the same time "Allahu Akbar," and "Kill Serbs."
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A draft resolution proposed by the British delegation to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), was rejected during a UNSC session in New York, Wednesday, after Russian permanent member to the UN Security Council Vitali Churkin vetoed the motion.
His Excellency Churkin explained that the resolution was politically motivated, one sided, anti-Serbian in nature, incorrectly interprets events related to Srebrenica and would have contributed to divisions and new tensions in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
He also mentioned that recently there were 40th anniversary of Vietnam war and 10th anniversary of Iraq invasion, and it is strange why US and British delegation didn’t submit any resolutions on these matters.
The British draft resolution on Srebrenica accused solely the Bosnan Serbs for genocide and war crimes committed in Srebrenica region, including sexual violence against women, girls, man and children and invoked the term genocide more than 20 times.
Finally, it recommended the UN member States include lessons about the genocide in Srebrenica in their school programmes. A token line about atrocities on all sides didn’t change much the very anti-Serbian nature of the resolution already framed in a particular direction.
British government’s hypocrisy knows no bounds. These accusations are coming from a country that participated in 1999 military aggression against Serbia/Yugoslavia, participated in Afghanistan and Iraq invasions, bombed Libya, provides military support for jihadists in Syria, supported the illegal and bloody coup in Kiev etc.
Thus, only in the last 16 years, British establishment is directly or indirectly responsible for more than one million death civilians and destabilization of more than a dozens of countries around the world.
Let’s not forget that this is the same country that sidesteps Armenian genocide recognition a century after killings. I will not even mention British “glorious colonial past” during which dozens of millions people were enslaved and killed.
So what is behind the latest British resolution? Is it genuine effort to commemorate Srebrenica reconcile nations in Bosnia and the Balkans or a cunning geopolitical move? The later is more true.
The Balkans is the latest arena where the West is trying to circumcise any attempt of Russia to regainits influence. This anti-Serbian resolution and initiative is the part of the broader strategy and the latest Western attempt to demonize Serbs and delegitimize pro-Russian Republic of Srpska (Serbian part of Bosnia) in an effort to forcefully centralize Bosnia and give the driving seat to Bosnian Muslims.
So, the West is working to portray the Bosnian Serb republic in Bosnia as a “genocidal entity/creation”, further weakening the already weak Serbian position in the Balkans and by proxy strengthening the Albanian regime in Kosovo and pushing Montenegro towards NATO membership.
Going back to the Srebrenica case, this is a Srebrenica fact sheet one can rarely see in biased western MSM reports:
- It has been recorded that more that 3,200 Serbian women, children, elderly, men and prisoners of war were massacred in Serbian villages around Srebrenica between 1992 and 1995 by soldiers on the Bosnian Muslim side based in Srebrenica. The perpetrators would raid the surrounding Serb villages from the UN-protectd Srebrenica enclave which was formally a demilitarized zone under UN protection but had never actually been demilitarized.
The UNPROFOR commander, French General Philippe Morillon, testified at The Hague Tribunal on February 12, 2004 that:
“the Serbs took me to a village to show me the evacuation of the bodies of the inhabitants that had been thrown into a hole, a village close to Bratunac. And this made me understand the degree to which this infernal situation of blood and vengeance […] led to a situation when I personally feared that the worst would happen if the Serbs of Bosnia managed to enter the enclaves and Srebrenica.
Muslim forces under Naser Oric “engaged in attacks during Orthodox (Christian) holidays and destroyed villages, massacring all the inhabitants. This created a degree of hatred that was quite extraordinary in the region.”
Therefore, this was the first of many Srebrenica massacres that are ignored up to this day. The events in July 1995, in Srebrenica cannot be considered in isolation and must be put in context with the preceding atrocities carried out against Serb civilians. The British resolution failed to acknowledge this at all.
- The number of 8,000 Muslim victims in Srebrenica is inflated. Most of “7,000 Muslim men and boys” allegedly murdered were soldiers of the localy-formed 28th division of the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina under Naser Oric. They died both as soldiers and as war prisoners, they were killed in combat and others as revenge for Bosnian Serb victims. In all 5,500 Muslim soldiers fought under Naser Oric. Most of them were killed when after the fall of the Muslim-controlled Srebrenica enclave they refused to surrender, but instead performed a desperate fighting withdrawal over Serbian controlled territories. Along the way they were shelled and ambushed by Serb foces in what was uneven combat but was not a massacre of civilians.
Yossef Bodansky, Director of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1988 to 2004, has referred to the figure of 7,000 Srebrenica victims as “disinformation”, adding that “all independent forensic evidence points to Muslim casualties in the hundreds, possibly the low hundreds. Continued emphasis on such allegedly high numbers of Muslim deaths at Srebrenica also obfuscates the Muslim murders in that city, earlier, of Serb civilians.”
Edward S. Herman, a Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of “The Srebrenica Massacre: Evidence, Context and Politics” characterized “Srebrenica genocide” as a gigantic political fraud and a myth built by West. Thanks to anti-Serbian propaganda one can only hear stories about genocide, the “biggest massacre after Holocaust”, “8,000 innocent muslim men and boys” etc. Fortunately, many western citizens no longer take Western mainstream media propaganda for granted as they did in 90’s and they are new alternative media which are breaking the monopoly of the western mainstream media.
Unlike the Bosnian Muslim forces, the Bosnian Serb forces didn’t kill any of Srebrenica women, children and older people but instead bused them out to the main territory controlled by the Bosnian Muslim forces. During the debate in the UN Security council neo-con and US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power whined: 'What’s next? Holocaust denial?' In this way, Mrs. Power insulted the victims of Holocaust comparing a hoax civilian massacre in Srebrenica with the Nazi genocide against Jews and Slavs in WW2.
- US carried out the illegal arming of Bosnian Muslim forces even though this went against the UN resolution that imposed an arms embargo in Bosnia. In addition the US facilitated the transfer of up to 10 thousands Islamist jihadists coming mostly from the Middle East and North Africa. Some of them went on to become Al Qaeda key operatives and the architects of 9/11. Moreover, the US was backing the “moderate Muslim leader” Alija Izetbegovic who issued Osama bin Laden a Bosnian passport through the Bosnian Embassy in Vienna in 1993, and met with him on at least one occasion in Sarajevo in November, 1994.
"20 years ago in the civil war in Bosnia, hundreds of Arab jihadists came to join Bosnian Muslims fighting against their neighbours the Serbs and Croats. Grouped into secret fighting units in Central Bosnia, this was the first time in centuries Jihad had been fought against a Western, Christian enemy. Two decades later Bosnia is still reaping the consequences. In the past month ISIS declared the Balkans the next front of Jihad - and in remote mountain villages extremists are flying the ISIS flag.”
- Most war and international law experts reject politically motivated verdicts of the US controlled International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague. Most of them also reject classification of Srebrenica as genocide. In addition, only one Muslim or Croatian general, leader or politician was convicted for war crimes against Serbs in Bosnia and Croatia (more than 30,000 Serbian civilians were killed during the civil war in Croatia and Bosnia), but he received only a light sentence of 3 years.
- Influential Srebrenica police chief Hakija Meholjic is on record that the muslim leader Alija Izetbegovic told him: “Clinton has made the proposal, if Serbs enter Srebrenica and slaughter 5,000 muslims, there will be military intervention by NATO forces on Serb positions”. Thereafter, the U.S. used the Srebrenica hoax and staged Sarajevo’s Markale market bombing by Bosnian Muslim forces as a pretext to initiate military campaign against Bosnian Serb forces and bomb their positions across Bosnian front.
In order to provide you with a more detailed analysis on the unfortunate events from July 1995 please read the excerpt from the excellent analysis Ratko Mladic & Srebrenica: memory loss of massacres by all sides and the role of Alija Izetbegovic from May 17, 2012 by Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker at Modern Tokyo Times:
In order to provide you with a more detailed analysis on the unfortunate events from July 1995 please read excerpts from the excellent analysis Ratko Mladic & Srebrenica: memory loss of massacres by all sides and the role of Alija Izetbegovic from May 17, 2012 by Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker from Modern Tokyo Time:
Srdja Trifkovic who is an historian comments that “It is often pointed out that Srebrenica was an UN “protected zone,” but it is seldom noted that the enclave was simultaneously an armed camp used for attacks against Serb villages in the surrounding areas. Muslim General Sefer Halilovic confirmed in his testimony at the Hague Tribunal that there were at least 5,500 Bosnian Army soldiers in Srebrenica after it had obtained the “safe haven” status, and that he had personally arranged numerous deliveries of sophisticated weapons by helicopter.”
The importance of the above quote is that the Muslim General Sefer Halilovic acknowledges the sizeable Bosnian Muslim armed forces in Srebrenica and that sophisticated weapons were delivered. This was a strange “protected zone” which not only allowed the Bosnian Muslim units to slaughter Serbians in surrounding areas but it also enabled re-militarization. Of course, the same process is now happening in Syria whereby the opposition obtains more external military support, while at the same time the central government is lambasted for being militarist. It is not only blatant double standards but it is the direct covert participation of outside forces, who then manipulate the media in order to distort the “real picture” on the ground.
Srdja Trifkovic also comments that “During the Bosnian war between May 1992 and July 1995, several thousand Muslim men lost their lives in Srebrenica and its surroundings. Most of them died in July of 1995 when the enclave fell unexpectedly to the Bosnian Serb Army and the Muslim garrison attempted a breakthrough. Some escaped to the Muslim-held town of Tuzla, 38 miles to the north. Many were killed while fighting their way through; and many others were taken prisoner and executed by the Bosnian Serb army.”
Philippe Morillon further testified that the crimes committed by Bosnian Muslim forces were “extraordinary” and made the Serbs’ desire for revenge to be“inevitable.” This does not justify the events that took place once Bosnian Serbian units took control of Srebrenica because like Srdja Trifkovic comments “Many were killed while fighting their way through; and many others were taken prisoner and executed by the Bosnian Serb army.”
However, the media neglect of the massacres against Orthodox Christians in and around Srebrenica – and such leniency taken against Bosnian Muslim individuals who committed such crimes – not only leaves a sour taste – it is a falsification of history and covers up many untold stories which helps to dehumanize the Serbians. It also negates to share responsibility where it belongs – this applies to all parties who committed massacres. This also includes the United States and CIA which conveniently “overlooked” 8,000 of the most brutal and fanatical Islamists to enter Bosnia on false passports in order to slit the throats of Orthodox Christians.
Major-General (Ret) Lewis Mackenzie who is a retired Canadian general also raises serious doubts about so-called “good” and “evil.” In his article called “The real story behind Srebrenica. The massacre in the UN ‘safe haven’ was not a black and white event,” which was published in The Globe and Mail (July 14, 2005), he clearly highlights neglected facts behind the “real” Srebrenica.
Lewis MacKenzie comments that “As the Bosnian Muslim fighters became better equipped and trained, they started to venture outside Srebrenica, burning Serb villages and killing their occupants before quickly withdrawing to the security provided by the UN’s safe haven. These attacks reached a crescendo in 1994 and carried on into early 1995 after the Canadian infantry company that had been there for a year was replaced by a larger Dutch contingent.”
“The Bosnian Serbs might have had the heaviest weapons, but the Bosnian Muslims matched them in infantry skills that were much in demand in the rugged terrain around Srebrenica. As the snow cleared in the spring of 1995, it became obvious to Nasar Oric, the man who led the Bosnian Muslim fighters that the Bosnian Serb army was going to attack Srebrenica to stop him from attacking Serb villages. So he and a large number of his fighters slipped out of town. Srebrenica was left undefended with the strategic thought that, if the Serbs attacked an undefended town, surely that would cause NATO and the UN to agree that NATO air strikes against the Serbs were justified. And so the Bosnian Serb army strolled into Srebrenica without opposition.”
General Morillon comments bluntly about the Muslim warlord called Naser Oric because he states that “Naser Oric was a warlord who reigned by terror in his area and over the population itself. I think that he realized that these were the rules of this horrific war, that he could not allow himself to take prisoners. According to my recollection, he didn’t even look for an excuse. It was simply a statement: One can’t be bothered with prisoners.”
The brutal civil wars throughout the former Yugoslavia led to the ethnic cleansing of Serbians in Krajina. However, not only was nothing done about this, the Croatian forces who did this had been backed by America and other nations during the conflict. Indeed, all sides, irrespective of religion or ethnicity had used similar methodologies in their areas of power.
Also, the ghosts of past Muslim SS Units who supported Nazi Germany alongside Croatian fascists, was still etched into the memory because the events of World War Two were never reconciled under communist rule after the war. Therefore, with this, and the Ottoman Muslim past of enslaving young Orthodox Christian boys and then converting them to Islam – then the fear was not based on myths or on distant memories. On the contrary, the divisions within the former Yugoslavia were witnessed by the surviving elderly generation on all sides whereby histories meant different things.
Lord Owen supports the comments of General Morillon because on page 143 of his book, Balkan Odyssey, the respected Lord Owen comments that “On 16 April I spoke on the telephone to President Milosevic about my anxiety that, despite repeated assurances from Dr. Karadzic that he had no intention of taking Srebrenica, the Bosnian Serb army was now proceeding to do just that. The pocket was greatly reduced in size. I had rarely heard Milosevic so exasperated, but also so worried: he feared that if the Bosnian Serb troops entered Srebrenica there would be a bloodbath because of the tremendous bad blood that existed between the two armies. The Bosnian Serbs held the young Muslim commander in Srebrenica, Naser Oric, responsible for a massacre near Bratunac in December 1992 in which many Serb civilians had been killed. Milosevic believed it would be a great mistake for the Bosnian Serbs to take Srebrenica and promised to tell Karadzic so.”
Lewis MacKenzie states that “two wrongs never made a right, but those moments in history that shame us all because of our indifference should not be viewed in isolation without the context that created them.”
Many Bosnian Muslim figures also point the finger at Alija Izetbegovic because clearly the power of the Bosnian Serbs in this period was much reduced after the arming of both the Bosnian Muslim forces and military of Croatia. Indeed, how is that Alija Izetbegovic sent Bosnian Muslim forces to crush Muslims loyal to Fikret Abdic in the west – yet, he did nothing apart from notify the Bosnian Muslim military leaders in Srebrenica to abandon this area before Bosnian Serbs entered?
By glossing over the massacres of 3,500 Orthodox Christians in and around Srebrenica; the role of the United States in turning a blind eye to 8,000 international Islamists (some members who did September 11 had learnt much in Bosnia); the actions of the Bosnian Muslim leader, Alija Izetbegovic, in abandoning the Muslim enclave; and other important factors. It entails that Srebrenica is being manipulated for all the wrong reasons and that the dehumanization of the Serbians is a convenient way for Western powers to gloss over the reality on the ground. It also suits the Bosnian Muslim leadership which abandoned the enclave despite fighting against fellow Muslims in the west.
In a past article by one of the writers of this article, it was stated that “… it is clear that “the real Srebrenica” is not being told and the same applies to the “hidden Islamic jihad” which took place during the civil war and how ex-President Bill Clinton gave the green light to Islamists from all over the world to enter Bosnia.”
“Srebrenica should be remembered but it should be remembered in its duality and this applies to thousands of innocent Orthodox Christians and Muslims who were killed by both sides. It also should be remembered that Bosnian Muslim forces had slaughtered thousands of Christians first in the surrounding region of Srebrenica and that the “safe haven” was abused. Military generals from the international community who were in Bosnia state this clearly, and Morillon testified in court.”
The over simplification of major media outlets shames the mass media in general because the same cover up and lack of basic facts, are still being told by major international media agencies. Indeed, the coverage and headlines in some media outlets is bordering on anti-Serbian racism. Also, to gloss over the events of what happened prior to the Bosnian Serbs entering Srebrenica is not merely shoddy journalism, it is open manipulation and propaganda.
If healing is to take place in Bosnia between the various communities which share two entities, then all sides must acknowledge that massacres took place within each community. The alternative is that “hatred” will be manipulated by extremist Bosnian Muslims and likewise, extremists in the Bosnian Serbian community will manipulate the open bias towards them. Tens of thousands of individuals were killed on all sides and if the next generation is to rebuild then it can only rebuild under a fair and honest approach.
Ratko Mladic may or may not be a war criminal depending on different opinions; however, if he is a war criminal then where are the Bosnian Muslim war criminals? For that matter, where are the American war criminals which dropped Agent Orange over Vietnam and so forth? This is the problem because leading powers can bomb nations in distant lands because nothing ever happens. After all, they control all the power mechanisms. Therefore, one hundred thousand Iraqis are allowed to be killed because of failed policies because leading nations will not be held accountable.
Also, from the point of view of Ratko Mladic, if 3,500 Orthodox Christians were killed despite Bosnian Serbian units trying to contain the Bosnian Muslim units; then how many Orthodox Christians would have been slaughtered by Naser Oric and Muslim units if the Bosnian Serbian units had not been able to contain the Muslim forces to a certain degree?
Given the statement by General Morillon that Naser Oric had commented that “One can’t be bothered with prisoners” and then times this by the massacres that units did under him; then clearly Ratko Mladic is viewed differently by segments of the Bosnian Serbian community who were protected by units under him. After all, if Naser Oric and Bosnian Muslim units had been able to kill thousands of Bosnian Serbs despite the armed forces of the Bosnian Serbs in eastern Bosnia. Then it is clear that units under him would have killed untold numbers if they had been given a free reign and this applies to beheadings and burning people alive.
It is clear that hatred in this part of Bosnia was unsurpassed compared with other areas and this is based on the brutality of both sides. Also, Bosnian Muslim leaders point the finger at the Bosnian Muslim leadership in Sarajevo which abandoned the Muslim enclave. It is clear that many events are extremely murky and have been covered up in order to suit several important agendas.
Professor Muhamed Filipovic, Bosnian ambassador to the United Kingdom (1994-96), commented that Alija Izetbegovic had given the Bosnian Serbs the green light to enter Srebrenica. He states that “Serbians are going to be allowed to enter Srebrenica” before they did without any Muslim units fighting. This was ordered by Alija Izetbegovic because of an agreement with the Bosnian Serbs.
Hakija Meholjic, former Srebrenica police chief, states that “We saw the treachery. Both by Alija Izetbegovic and by the international community – There are just good and bad people in every nation. Alija was a bad man.”
It is therefore essential that all areas surrounding the reality of what happened in and around Srebrenica is debated openly, irrespective of the “bad light” that may ensue on both the Bosnian Muslim and Bosnian Serbian leadership. It is known that thousands of innocent Muslims and Orthodox Christians were killed by both sides. Also, senior figures within the Bosnian Muslim leadership in authority, and within Srebrenica, make it clear that Alija Izetbegovic sacrificed Srebrenica. He also did this despite knowing the brutal reality of what Bosnian Muslim forces had done prior to the Bosnian Serbs entering.Therefore, the role of major media institutions in ignoring the enormous complexity of Srebrenica is nullifying the real issues of what happened, both prior, during, and after the Bosnian Serb units entered Srebrenica.
This means that the open manipulation of events suits both the Bosnian Muslim government and Western powers which played “a dirty game” during a brutal civil war. Irrespective of the final verdict against Ratko Mladic, it is clear that he is “a scapegoat” in many areas even if he was responsible for war crimes which led to the deaths of many Muslims.
I would also like to draw your attention to a brief fact-booklet of the Srebrenica Historical Project published on the occasion of the 20-year Srebrenica anniversary.
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