An intense debate is currently in progress in Serbia about the adoption of a parliamentary resolution on Srebrenica that would be modeled after the January 15, 2009, Resolution that was passed by the European Parliament. The controversy has revealed widespread ignorance of basic facts about events in Srebrenica in 1995 and their background. To fill that gap, a “Fact Sheet” was created and it was published by Belgrade daily “Politika” on February 11, 2010:
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Dear Mr. President and honorable deputies,

As concerned American and European intellectuals and citizens, we call on you to seriously reconsider the plan to adopt a parliamentary resolution that would treat the Srebrenica massacre of July 1995 as a paradigmatic event of the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in doing so to use language that could be interpreted as Serbia’s acceptance of responsibility for “genocide.”
The execution of Moslem prisoners in July of 1995, after Bosnian Serb forces took over Srebrenica, was a war crime, but it is by no means a paradigmatic event. The informed public in Western countries knows that, at that time, forces attributed to the Republic of Srpska executed in three days approximately as many Moslems as Moslem forces, raiding surrounding Serbian villages out of Srebrenica, had murdered during the preceding three years. There is nothing to set one crime apart from the other, except that its commission was more condensed in time. In a vicious civil war, in which all sides commit crimes, all innocent victims are entitled to compassion but the victims of one ethnic group should have no special moral claim to unique recognition. Putting the suffering of one group on a pedestal necessarily derogates from the right of the other group – in this case Serbian non-combatants in the devastated villages surrounding the enclave of Srebrenica – to an equal measure of sympathy.

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Orthodox Christmas is a good time to keep refreshing Mr. Mirsad Tokača’s memory of war crimes.[1] On January 7, 1993, armed forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina from Srebrenica, under the command of brigadier Naser Orić, attacked and devastated the Serbian village of Kravica, about 10 km from Bratunac. The human cost of the attack (or shall we call it „incident“ in deferrence to the terminology preferred by Mr. Tokača in his Bosnian crime Atlas?) was at a minimum 34 persons, if we exclude rumors and confine ourselves just to the bodies which were subsequently located and on which a proper autopsy was conducted on March 18, 1993.
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Deception or, as Mr. Tokača would call it, the “Bosnian Atlas”
Given modern technology most things today are practically impossible to hide. There are still those with such vested interests that they are scarcely in a position to discuss wartime suffering in a frank and open manner, and even if they were so inclined their mentors would never allow them to do so in a professional and honest way. As a result, we still cannot take assertions made by Mr. Mirsad Tokača of the Sarajevo-based Research and Documentation Center at face value. We must always keep checking and rechecking whether Mr. Tokača is really prepared to apply the same standards to all victims of the recent war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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Ari Rusila´s BalkanPerspective » Blog Archive » Srebrenica again – Hoax or Massacre?
[Ari Rusila is a Finnish blogger and political commentator. The fact that the controversy of Srebrenica has engaged the attention of an analyst in far-off Finland is interesting enough. We recommend his comprehensive and thoughtful critique of the Srebrenica evidence to our readers—Editors of Srebrenica Historical Project]
The “Srebrenica massacre” is the greatest triumph of propaganda to emerge from the Balkan wars. (Edward Herman)
The Srebrenica case is in the headlines again – like during every anniversary – and also the story seems to repeat itself from year to year. More light is however coming and the real (political) context is gaining space also in mainstream media. Former Hague Tribunal spokeswoman Florence Hartmann referring to the arrest of Radovan Karadzic told earlier, that as “Karadžić has finally been arrested, he can tell a lot about secret deals that led to the fall of Srebrenica. His testimony represents a great risk for the great western powers.” (SourceB92)

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Although almost 15 years have passed since the end of the war, it seems that traces of hatred have not yet dissapeared. Not only have they not disappeared, but they seem to be gaining in intensity. What follows hardly requires sophisticated analysis since everything there is crystal clear. All the reader needs is a bit of additional information to complete the picture of what is going on 14 years after the war’s official end.
If there is any uncertainty whether a new war would bring on an avalanche of new crimes, the incident we are about to describe will remove the doubt. The number of sick brains and those who would be happy to unearth their hatchets, assuming that in their own minds they were ever buried in the first place, is unfortunately increasing from one year to the next.
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Readers may recall our comments of several weeks ago about the “Bosnian war crimes atlas” created by the Research and Documentation Center [RDC] in Sarajevo, headed by Mr. Mirsad Tokača.[1]  Those comments were published before Mr. Tokača presented his findings to the public in their final form. For that reason, as is appropriate for a comment about something that we had not had an opportunity to examine fully, our reaction was rather restrained. But in the meantime, on November 4, Mr. Tokača did make his Atlas available to the general public,[2] and we are now at liberty to share our impressions with far less ambialence than was the case then.

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Ratkovići: a chronology of horror

Road to Ratkovići village

Having visited a number of villages in the Drina River valley, and observed a wide variety of horrors inflicted on their Serbian inhabitants, we thought that few surprise lay in wait for us. However, this time also it has turned out that for every evil there is another one which is greater still and even more striking. It had taken us a long time to take the decision to sit down and to write a few sentences about this village because of the strong impressions produced by what we saw and the feeling that they could  be conveyed, if at all, then only with utmost difficulty. It is a challenge to describe so much horror concentrated in a single place. Ratkovići is simply something that a person needs to see. Ratkovići is a village which compells you to reflect and to pose innumerable questions for which there do not seem to be any answers.

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Mirsad Tokača’s Bosnian Crime Atlas
A few days ago[1], Mr. Mirsad Tokača, director of the Sarajevo Research and Documentation Center (RDC), announced that on November 4 he is planning to unveil the results of several years’ work: “The Bosnian Crime Atlas.” Mr. Tokača’s institution, with the assistance of the Norwegian government, has been working for some time to set up a comprehensive data base about missing persons as a result of the 1992—1995 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina from all the ethnic communities. Our NGO, Srebrenica Historical Project, supports Mr. Tokača’s efforts and considers it on the whole quite invaluable for an objective determination of facts about some essential segments of the Bosnian conflict.
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Presentation of Srebrenica Historical Project and NGO Dveri Srpske about the Srebrenica massacre
On September 15, 2009, Srebrenica Historical Project and Belgrade-based NGO, Dveri Srpske, organized a public presentation in Banski dvor in Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska, about the July 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The immediate reason for this presentation was to introduce the latest issue of “Dveri,” the quarterly magazine of the organization by the same name.
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Srebrenica: la ricerca per la verità

15.09.2009.  Michele Altamura
La storia  la scrivono i vincitori o oppure i coraggiosi combattenti per la verità, quelli che manipolano l’informazione oppure quelli che la negano? La risposta a questa domanda è difficile da trovare, almeno quanto come trovare la verità stessa. Uno dei ricercatori che combatte per la verità è il nostro interlocutore, Stefan Karganovic, un uomo che ha dedicato il suo lavoro a far luce sugli veri eventi di Srebrenica, e ora  Presidente dell’Associazione  Srebrenica Historical Project (Progetto storico Srebrenica). Esperto giurista presso l’Indiana Unversity, Bloomington,  Karganovic insieme con  numerosi esperti provenienti dalla Serbia e dall’estero, raggruppati in questa organizzazione non governativa, lavorano sulla ricerca dei crimini di guerra commessi a Srebrenica e nelle enclavi circostanti. L’Associazione Progetto storico di Srebrenica (Stichting Srebrenica Historical Project) è stata fondata in Olanda e sulla sua pagina web presenta il materiale raccolto, le pubblicazioni e tutte le azioni legali portate avanti, non solo delle accuse di un popolo. Dalle parole di Karganovic si intuisce chiaramente che l’idea di Alija Izetbegovic dello scambio delle enclavi di Zepa e Srebrenica  è stata premiata con l’intervento della NATO e ricordato poi come il “genocidio di Srebrenica”, dal quale nasce la stigmatizzazione dei serbi da parte dei Paesi occidentali.
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Using War as an Excuse for More War
By Diana Johnstone

Srebrenica Revisited

(This remarkable analysis of the Srebrenica issue was written four years ago, but it is as topical now as it was then. In a brief and reasoned overview, all the major abuses and dilemmas of the official Srebrenica narrative are noted. We recommend it warmly to our readers and we invite them to form their own opinion on this complex issue. This was originally published  in Counter Punch, October 12, 2005: –Srebrenica Historical Project)

Last summer, almost the entire political spectrum in the Western world joined in a chorus of self-flagellation on the 10th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre. The dominant theme was „nostra culpa“: „we“ let it happen, „we“ didn’t want to know about it, and „we“ mustn’t let it happen again.

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It seems that the last few weeks have been none too kind to the “Srebrenica genocide affirmers” [to coin a phrase]. Some common sense questions about their thesis have been raised and it has been the topic of professional scepticism from the most unexpected quarters. Serious cracks are appearing in the Srebrenica genocide argument.
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The years of fragile peace and cohabitation in Bosnia and Hercegovina have often been undermined in the recent past, and that was reflected in wall grafitti which appeared in Potočari (Republic of Srpska) a few days ago. As if looking for a pretext to provoke their Serbian neighbors, Moslems are taunting Serbs on their own land with one of the most odious criminals of the recent war, Naser Orić. Do they think that, using Srebrenica (about which we still to this day do not know the complete truth) as cover, they can get away with anything, without accountability? Must Serbs quietly, on their own land, tolerate praise for Naser Orić? Or should Serbs also build some sort of monument to Orić for failing to exterminate them all, for lack of opportunity if not for any other reason?
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This month’s annual July 11 events in Potočari followed the same tired, indistinguishable, pattern of  previous years.  But there is a problem.
Every single Broadway show in history, regardless of how brilliant and successful it was and no matter how many runs it may have had, always inevitably came to an end. It is just as certain that the Srebrenica show, staged annually in Potočari, will sooner or later experience the same fate.  The actors will not be around forever, the stage extras will find the gathering an increasing imposition as their lives develop in different directions, the audience will ultimately become annoyed and will be turned off by the  sheer slickness of the monotonous performance. New facts will inevitably emerge to cast doubt on the credibility of the plot.  Old tricks will become threadbare and useless. The show will attract a steadily decreasing  amount of interest. At that point, the tent will have to fold and everyone will have to admit that the show is over. Is the Sarajevo leadership ready for that moment, and how will it explain it, when it comes, to the callously misled and manipulated Moslem people?
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On Friday, July 10, 2009, the Dutch NGO Srebrenica Historical Project called a press conference in Belgrade to offer a comprehensive critique of the resolution on Srebrenica which the European parliament in Strasbourg adopted on January 15 of this year. At the same time, the Project presented to the media its own draft resolution on this subject which the National Assembly of Serbia should urgently pass.

The Srebrenica resolution which the European Parliament passed on January 15 contains a number of deficiencies which make it unacceptable and the National Assembly of Serbia should not pass any document which follows that pattern*.  Among its shortcomings are the following:

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The people of this region say that years go by, but that for them there is nothing new under the sun. Nothing good, anyway. The inhabitants of this village are still in pain, which presses down on them as a heavy burden, because the criminals who murdered their loved ones have never had to face the bar of justice. Each year, on June 30, the people of Brežani gather in the center of their village around the monument erected in honor of the victims of the Bosnian Moslem attack in 1992.
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The beginning of the 90s and the maelstrom of the war inflicted  many misfortunes upon Serbian villages in the Podrinje region, the strip of land adjacent to the Drina river on the Bosnian side. Out of control gangs devastated and ravaged Serbian villages, extinguishing all signs of life in them, thus expressing their intolerance toward those who only the day before were their neighbors. Although the madness of the war is long over, its traces—evident in the current condition of Serbian villages—have not been removed to any significant extent. Serbian villages continue to be frozen in time, in much the same state in which they were left by Moslem neighbors in the early 90s after a series of savage and unprovoked attacks. While walking through those villages, you unmistakably feel the horror and mayhem that its inhabitants must have gone through. The houses, or more correctly exposed hearths and ruins [in some villages barely a house is left standing] still exhibit seemingly fresh traces of violence, as if all that had happened yesterday and not 15 years ago.
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The tragic massacres which are taking place in Pakistan and Sri Lanka are related to Srebrenica in a way that may not immediately be apparent.
They both represent human catastrophes of epic proportions, with verified numbers of victims greatly exceeding the most extravagant claims that have been put forward for Srebrenica. In the case of Pakistan, the victims are Moslem, just as were those of Srebrenica in July of 1995. The provisional totals of these slaughters make it clear that each of them is a Srebrenica multiplied by several orders of magnitude and there is little dispute that the majority of the victims at both locations are civilians. In Sri Lanka, the brutal suppression of the Tamil Tigers has claimed an estimated 20,000 lives.[1] The equally merciless fighting in the Pakistani region of Swat has cost about 100,000 lives, while 2,3 million people have been left destitute and homeless.[2]
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On April 22 and 23, 2009, in Moscow, at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Slavic Studies, co-sponsored by the Academy of Sciences of the Russian Federation and Srebrenica Historical Project, a Netherlands non-government organization, an international scholarly conference was held on the topic: “Operation of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [ICTY]: its scope, results, and effectiveness.” More than 30 scholars from Russia, Serbia, Republic of Srpska [Bosnia/Hercegovina], Bulgaria, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the US, took part in the proceedings. It was the first time that legal scholars, historians, forensic specialists, demographers, and researchers from other disciplines came together to analyze the legal principles upon which the work of the Tribunal is based and to assess its effectiveness and objectivity. An analysis of past and current ICTY cases was conducted based on the ethnic background of the accused, length of imposed sentences, legal principles relied upon, etc. The issue of Serbian and Moslem victims in and around Srebrenica was also discussed, bearing in mind that this was an episode of the war in Bosnia/Hercegovina which is critical to many ICTY indictments of Serb defendants.
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A little bragging cannot hurt
Six months ago, our website was modestly launched. We hope that we are not out of line to note our accomplishments, although they are but a miniscule part of the task and much remains to be done. But as we survey the last six months and celebrate our half-birthday, we have much even now to take pride in.
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International Conference in Moscow on ICTY and Srebrenica

An international conference entitled: “The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia: direction, results, effectiveness” was held in Moscow, on April 22-23, 2009. The conference was co-sponsored by the Institute for the study of Balkan crises of the Academy of Sciences of the Russian Federation and Srebrenica Historical Project. Participants at this inter-disciplinary conference included scholars from the United States, Great Britain, the Russian Federation, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Bosnia and Hercegovina. The intense two-day discussion was a retrospective on ICTY and a critical review of its accomplishments. Issues pertaining to Srebrenica received particularly close attention.

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2 + 2 = 5
In his famous essay On perpetual peace, Immanuel Kant offers the following thought: „No State Shall, during War, Permit Such Acts of Hostility Which Would Make Mutual Confidence in the Subsequent Peace Impossible.” It is a pity that Kant has found so few followers in the Balkans. Balkan contenders seem not only to completely disregard Kant’s advice; they actually compete in annoying one another so intolerably and poking each other in the eye so painfully as to make any future normalization of relations on reasonable terms a virtual impossibility.
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Serb Demonization as Propaganda Coup
Edward S. Herman | April 6, 2009

Editor: Emily Schwartz Greco

This is part of a strategic dialogue on Yugoslavia. See John Feffer’s opposing argument here, and their respective responses here.

The successful demonization of the Serbs, making them largely responsible for the Yugoslav wars, and as unique and genocidal killers, was one of the great propaganda triumphs of our era. It was done so quickly, with such uniformity and uncritical zeal in the mainstream Western media, that disinformation had (and still has, after almost two decades) a field day.

The demonization flowed from the gullibility of Western interests and media (and intellectuals). With Yugoslavia no longer useful as an ally after the fall of the Soviet Union, and actually an obstacle as an independent state with a still social democratic bent, the NATO powers aimed at its dismantlement, and they actively supported the secession of Slovenia, Croatia, the Bosnian Muslims, and the Kosovo Albanians. That these were driven away by Serb actions and threats is untrue: they had their own nationalistic and economic motives for exit, stronger than those of the Serbs.

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Pardoning Holland
The frivolity of the Serbian political elite is something that never ceases to entertain and amaze. A few days ago, the leader of the Christian Democratic Party and former minister of justice, Vladan Batic, introduced a resolution in Serbia’s parliament to pardon Holland for the conduct of its forces in and around Srebrenica in 1994 and 1995. Batic supported his proposal by arguing that such a conciliatory gesture on Serbia’s part would make the Dutch government more amenable to lifting its roadblocks on Serbia’s journey to “European integration.”
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Are some victims more equal than others?
The Mothers of Srebrenica undoubtedly need a new public relations advisor. On Wednesday, March 4, 2009, in Srebrenica, before an audience of local people, victims and representatives of the media, the Dutch NGO Srebrenica Historical Project announced its suit against the UN and Holland for failing to protect Serbian and non-Muslim civilians in the region of Srebrenica during the 1992—1995 conflict. Shortly thereafter, the Tuzla organization called Mothers of Srebrenica and Zepa distributed a public statement according to which its members were “bitter.” The following reason is given for their bitterness:
“This is the way Serbs are trying to minimize the genocide that had been committed over the Bosniaks in Srebrenica, while turning criminals into victims. The name of the organization which prepared that nebulous lawsuit [Srebrenica Historical Project] speaks for itself,” as reported by Fena and BH Telekom news agencies on 6 March 2009. [PDF – 208 KB]
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Serbophobia Obscures the Facts
Phillip Corwin: Serbophobia Prevents Reaching the Truth

„Bosnian Serbs were concerned with protecting the Serbs, not killing the Muslims or Croats“, Phillip Corwin
Interview with Phillip Corwin by Cathrin Schütz, Junge Welt
American Phillip Corwin was the highest UN official in Bosnia from spring to summer of 1995, serving as Civil Affairs Coordinator and Delegate of the Special Representative for the UN Secretary General. Previously, from 1994 to the spring of 1995 he held the same office for the region of Eastern Slavonia in Croatia. Duke University Press published his memoirs: Dubious mandates – A Memoir of the UN in Bosnia, Summer 1995.
Q: Richard Holbrooke, Paddy Ashdown and many other Western representatives who were involved in the Yugoslav tragedy, unanimously assessed the arrest of Radovan Karadzic’s as the capture of one of the most brutal war criminals of our time. What is your opinion?

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The real lesson of Srebrenica
On our site,, for the moment only in the Serbian version, we have a section with Moslem witness statements dealing with Serbian victims of Srebrenica. These Moslem witnesses are Mirsad Sulejmanovic, Saha Cohadarevic, and Rifat Muratovic. Each of them, from his or her own vantage point, confirms that Serbian civilians in and around Srebrenica were continuously targeted by Moslems from within the enclave throughout the conflict 1992—1995, both before and after the establishment of the UN protected “demilitarized safe zone.”
Diana Johnstone, well known author and political analyst from the United States, correctly observed at the time of our International Srebrenica Symposium in Banja Luka in October of 2008 that Balkan nations, much as they may have to their credit, also exhibit an epistemology which is very strange by Western standards. Essentially, the measure of truth is whatever is seen to advance the interests of the speaker’s community at any given moment.
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Self-hating Serbs
It required no special powers of adivination to predict that there would be a quick follow up to the European parliament’s January 15th stealth resolution declaring July 11 genocide remembrance day. Indeed, so there was, in the form of a lightning reaction. Serbian “NGOs” in Belgrade, led by Natasa Kandic, Biljana Kovacevic-Vuco, and Sonja Biserko, as if acting on cue, already on the following day urged that the parliament of Serbia follow suit by humbly passing the same resolution. The illustration above is not, of course, an allusion to anybody in particular.
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European parliament: Srebrenica Resolution farce
Dmitar Stoyanov, Bulgarian EU parliament deputy

The pressure to do the right thing sometimes can indeed be great. So great, in fact, that one’s own institutional procedures are hastily violated, not to mention disregarding such marginal principles such as allowing time for calm deliberation or giving all interested parties an opportunity to have a say.
It was done with such irreproachable politically correct haste that on January 15, 2009, the European Parliament by a lopsided Supreme Soviet majority of over 500, with 22 abstaining and only 9 opposed, voted to declare July 11 a day of remembrance of the genocide in Srebrenica. The curious thing is that the various drafts of the Srebrenica genocide resolution had been tabled barely three months earlier and that under the circumstances the normal legislative path of the initiative would have been not just the draft reconciliation process but—more importantly—public hearings that should have been called by committee with broad participation of all interested parties to discuss its merits. That such a course should have been followed is, at least, the distinct impression left by Rule 114 (2): “Such proposals shall be referred to the committee responsible for consideration. Where appropriate, the Committee shall refer the matter to Parliament in accordance with the procedures laid down in these rules.”

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