The SREBRENICA MASSACRE Evidence, Context, Politics- Edited by Edward S. Herman

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Srebrenica can best be understood in the context of the U.S. and NATO war against Serbia and dismantlement of Yugoslavia.

1 In this war, which followed the collapse of the Soviet bloc and Soviet Union itself (1989 – 1991), and the ending of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia’s usefulness as a Western ally, those indigenous forces which sought to preserve the unified, federal structure of Yugoslavia were designated the enemy, while those which sought its breakup, the Slovenes, the Croats, the Bosnian Muslims, and the Kosovo Albanians, saw their causes adopted by the Western powers, and hence became “freedom fighters.”

The ensuing civil wars, which can be dated to no later than the spring of 1991,2 involved both military and propaganda campaigns. In the latter, the Republic of Serbia, as the chief advocate of preserving a unitary federal state, was depicted in the harshest light, with the official positions of the breakaway republics of Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia-
Herzegovina, and their Western great-power supporters, uncritically accepted by the Western media and humanitarian NGOs and    intellectuals.
It was in such a highly charged political environment that the Srebrenica massacre of July 1995 took place, and was quickly described as a case of “genocide”3 and “Europe’s worst massacre since World War II,”4 with the number slaughtered there speedily fixed as 8,000 “men and boys.”

That number was first put forward by the Red Cross, not on any evidence of 8,000 killings, or even deaths, but on the basis of the number of Bosnian Muslims estimated to have been taken prisoner by the Serbs (3,000) plus the number initially claimed to be “missing” (5,000).

Although the Red Cross had no evidence that the alleged 3,000 prisoners were dead, and soon acknowledged that many of the “missing” had gotten through Bosnian Serb lines to safety, and that many were killed in the furious fighting in the Bosnian Muslim retreat from Srebrenica, the 8,000 figure was never revised downward, but has remained intact up to today.

What is more, it was quickly transformed into “executions,” also intact through the succeeding 15 years.

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