Articles on the Kosovo and Bosnia Conflicts:
Deniers of Serbia's War Crimes
Last modified October 21, 2020
It is no surprise that the regime of Slobodan Milosevic and its propagandists sought to deny or justify its war crimes against the peoples of Kosovo and Bosnia. It is shameful, however, that various Western commentators who claim to be progressives have repeated these lies and justifications - even after most of them have been disproved. In this absurd spectacle they rationalize the destruction of villages and populations thought to harbor terrorists the very actions that the movements against the wars in Vietnam and Iraq have so vigorously opposed.
In this section we examine the misrepresentations of some of these commentators.
A genocide denier is an apologist for the next genocide. The scandal of Peter Handke's Nobel Prize.
Aleksandar Hemon, October 15, 2019
If falsehood had, like truth, but one face only, we should be upon better terms; for we should then take for certain the contrary to what the liar says: but the reverse of truth has a hundred thousand forms, and a field indefinite, without bound or limit. Michel de Montaigne, Of Liars, 1574
On trial beside Mladic in The Hague is a disturbing case of infectious idiocy and denial which the left can no longer ignore If people who claim to care about justice and humanity cannot resist what looks to me like blatant genocide denial, we find ourselves in a very dark place.
By George Monbiot, The Guardian (UK), May 21, 2012
There seems to be a kind of leftist monsterphilia around. The same people who embraced Slobodan Milošević, Hosni Mubarak, and Moammar Qaddafi now embrace Bashar al-Assad, again loudly protesting against American imperialist designs against this public benefactor.
By Uri Avnery, Bloody Spring, August 11, 2012
Denial, by Tony Taylor, Melbourne University Press, 2008. The Pathology of Historical Denial. This interesting book seeks to explain why deniers do what they do and to find a deeper, functional basis for this strange and enduring phenomenon.
A Classification of Denials of the Holocaust and Other Genocides By Israel W. Charny, Institute on the Holocaust & Genocide, 2012
A Challenge to Pseudo-Anti-Imperialism By Rohini Hensman, reviewed by Frieda Afary, 2018
Time to Fight Back Against Bosnian Genocide Denial By Jasmin Mujanovic, BIRN, July 9, 2020
Speech by war-crimes denier Michael Parenti
cancelled by U.S. peace group, May 2012
A campaign by progressives, Bosniak survivors, and Muslims
convinced the group to withdraw a speaking invitation to Parenti.