The Srebrenica Massacre, Bosnia, 1995
Debate ten years after
On July 10, 1995, the Bosnian Muslim enclave of Srebrenica was conquered by invading Serbian forces. Thus began the systematic Serbian killing of about 8000 Muslim men and boys.
Ten years after, many Serbs remain in denial over the war crimes committed by their countrymen. This denial has been echoed among some commentators, on the left and the right, in Western countries. On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the massacre, some supposed progressives renewed their denial of the massacre in a way that was particularly insulting to the survivors and anyone else who cares about the truth.
One such article, by Edward S. Herman on ZNet, drew impassioned denunciations.
Herman's article and various responses:
Herman's article: The Politics of the Srebrenica Massacre
Herman cut off debate after his replies to these four people. Here are additional responses, some of them submitted to Z but not published there:(ZNet refused to publish.)
- The lists of missing at Srebrenica (ZNet refused to publish.)
- Why Does Z Magazine Support Genocide? By Bill Weinberg. An expanded version of his letter to Z, with link to a blog with many comments.
Other relevant articles:The Srebrenica genocide has been actively denied by a coalition of people on the far right and left of the political spectrum. The apex of this campaign was the publication by Ed Herman, who now appears to work full time on such issues, of "The Politics of the Srebrenica Massacre." I will respond to the main allegations within it. November 11, 2007
Michael Karadjis, Srebrenica: Response to left-wing apologists for genocide
Peter Lippman, Srebrenica’s search for justiceThe discovery of a mass grave in August 2006 near Zvornik in eastern Bosnia containing the remains of 1,150 Bosnian victims of the Srebrenica massacre is only the most recent evidence of the scale of the atrocity perpetrated in and around the town in the days after 11 July 1995. August 24, 2006
Michael Karadjis, Srebrenica still waiting for justiceA succinct summary of important issues about Srebrenica, including several misrepresented by Herman. July 20, 2005
Robert Marquand, Why 'never again' recurredTen years later, many survivors are eager to remind the world that Srebrenica was not an isolated horror. Rather, they see it as an extension of a racial superiority campaign, and sparked by sophisticated Serb hate propaganda in Belgrade. Christian Science Monitor, July 14, 2005
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For more background and documentation on Srebrenica, see the Bosnia page.
Books about Srebrenica:
Blood and Vengeance, by Chuck Sudetic
Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica, by David Rohde
Srebrenica: Record of a War Crime, by Jan Willem Honig and Norbert Both
For a concise chronology of the massacre, see the Srebrenica Commission Final Report (PDF).