With next month marking the fifteenth anniversary of the Srebrenica Massacre, we look at what Canadian Member of Parliament Brian Masse is doing to have Ottawa recognize the worst mass killing on European soil since World War II - as genocide. We also speak with former UN war crimes prosecutor at The Hague, McGill University international law professor Payam Akhavan.
( Photo: Bosnian Muslim woman says a prayer in front of the grave stone of her relative at Memorial Center of Potocari, near Srebrenica, 70 kms norteast of Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, on April 1, 2010. Serbia's parliament has apologized to the Bosnian Muslim victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre on 31 March, 2010, ending years of denial, a move which is being seen as a crucial part for reconciliation in the war-scarred Balkans. AP Photo/Amel Emric )
15 July 2010 - 10:46
I suggest you read the book titled "Molila sam ih da me ubiju" to find out why General McKenzie's opinion will never matter to Bosniaks. His sympathy and support for Serbs is more than obvious and is not based only on his objecive and professional experiance. That friendship is vey much based on mutual interest. I agree that neither you nor I know all the facts about the "behind the scenes" games of dirty wars such as the one in Bosnia, but at least we do not have to revictimize those who were "lucky" to save their lives. Regular inocent people are those who suffer the most in any war and they are least responsible for it. The number of people killed, 1, 2, 3 or 8 thousand is just a number. Ideology behind it is what makes it Genocide. Mythical, Heavenly People (Serbs) Ideoalogy of non-tolerance and living in an ethnically clean land Greater Serbia (all of Serbia, Bosnia, Monte-Negro, Kosovo, part or Croatia and maybe part of Macedonia, is what is to be blamed. What about rest of us. Do we deserve to live there too?
Sent by Senad Alicehajic, Windsor,
14 July 2010 - 00:30
To Alex Popovich: It is only troubling if you are trying to deny the truth. 1. The ICTY was unequivocal in it's judgement that what occured in Srebrenica was a Genocide. The US Congress and Senate, the EU, and all renowned international law scholars have reached the same conclusion. The information and evidence is abundant and can easily be found on the internet. Mind you don't fall for the fringe Serbian propaganda which is ademant in it's attempts to hide their monstrosity by attempting to dispute the number of victims with wild assumptions which in their mind trump the reputable evidence obtained by independent investigators. 2. Gen. Mackenzie himself wrote that he has been paid by the Serbian lobby to speak about his version of events that took place in Bosnia. Now this you should find troubling, because Serbs continue to call upon this mans biased opinion (he wasn't around when Srebrenica Genocide occured) to trump ICTY judgements, conclusions reached by numerous independent investigators and reputable judges. Now I know that you know these facts very well, but I thought it worth while to explain this in case someone else encounters this confusing Serbian propaganda.
Sent by Halva Begovic, Toronto,
13 July 2010 - 13:05
What indead is troubling is the fact that despite the whole World confirming this to be the worst act of Genocide after the WWII, some still try to justify it and call it something else. Even worse, some are deliberately revictimizing these people who are trying to return to Srebrenica and some are enjoying it. That is sick and troublesome. Instead, we need to condemn the system and ideology of mass killings and forceful misplacements of people and start with a new slate. The truth will free us all.
Sent by Senad Alicehajic, Windsor,
16 June 2010 - 03:36
One aspect of the applying the term genocide to the Srebrenica massacre is troubling. Why were the Bosniak women and children not massacred? Also, I would like to hear what your guests think of General Mackenzie's view that Srebrenica was not a true safe haven but an area from which Bosniak fighters launched attacks against Serbian civilians and why these Bosniak forces abandoned Srebrenica when Serbian counter attacks became imminent?
Sent by Alex Popovich, Surrey,
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