Earlier this month, the honourable Robert Oliphant, Member of the Liberal
Party of Canada and M.P. for Don Valley West, introduced Bill C-533 into the
House of Commons, „calling for the establishment of a national day of
remembrance in Canada called Srebrenica Remembrance Day“. In what is clearly
a blatant attempt to turn the complex and multisided human tragedy of the
Yugoslav Civil Wars into a one-dimensional political talking point, the
honourable Robert Oliphant ignores completely the full context of the
Srebrenica Massacre and the countless brutal war crimes committed by Bosnian
Muslim forces and their Al-Qaeda-linked Mujahedeen allies against Serbian
civilians and other ethnic minorities throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In order to put pressure on the ruling Conservative Party of Canada, and in
the name of cheap political points and partisan politics, the honorable
Robert Oliphant and all those supporting Bill C-533 are attempting to
simplify a multisided, multiethnic civil war in order to portray one side in
the conflict as victims and the other as aggressors, while at the same time
completely ignoring and thereby shamelessly insulting the tens of thousands
of innocent Serbian civilians who were brutally murdered during the Yugoslav
Civil War. In fact, many of those killed met their end at the hands of
Bosnian Muslim soldiers and paramilitaries.

The Serbian community of Canada and all Canadians who value truth and
justice over partisan politics wish to turn the honorable Robert Oliphant’s
attention to some key issues that he has regrettably chosen to ignore and
brush aside:

The Serbian people were the victims of not one but three genocides during
the 20th century:
o Hundreds of thousands of Serbian civilians were brutally massacred by
Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman and Bulgarian forces during the First World War.
Many of these crimes were committed by Bosnian Muslim forces fighting on the
side of Austria-Hungary against the Serbs, a fact well documented by such
war crime investigation pioneers as Dr. Archibald Rudolph Reiss.
o During the Second World War, many Bosnian Muslims joined the Nazi puppet
Independent State of Croatia and contributed to the extermination of
hundreds of thousands of Serbs, Jews and Roma peoples in concentration camps
such as Jasenovac and Stara Gradiska. In fact, the SS Handschar, one of the
thirty-eight divisions of the Nazi Waffen-SS, was formed largely from
Bosnian Muslim recruits bent on exterminating and ethnically cleansing the
Serbs, Jews and other minorities on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
o Throughout the Yugoslav Civil Wars of the 1990s, the Serbs were the
victims of multiple campaigns of genocide and ethnic cleansing on the
territories of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina orchestrated in large part
by the direct descendents of the SS Handschar, who attempted to realize
Alija Izetbegovic’s dream of an ethnically and religiously pure Islamic
Bosnia as outlined in his supremacist manifesto, The Islamic Declaration,
which was first published as early as 1970.

The simple fact is that the Yugoslav Civil Wars were a multisided,
multiethnic civil conflict whose complex nature cannot be reduced to a
one-dimensional „good guys versus bad guys“ scenario. Any attempt to do so
is a blatant insult to the intelligence of the Canadian public and to the
memory of all the innocent civilians who perished in that war.

Regrettably, the honourable Robert Oliphant makes no attempt to properly
analyze the full context of the Srebrenica Massacre. I wish to inform him
that prior to the Serbian forces taking the Srebrenica enclave in July of
1995, the enclave itself was being used as a staging area for military
operations by Bosnian Muslim paramilitaries led by Bosnian warlord Naser
Oric. These paramilitaries, aided by Mujahedeen terrorists from Saudi
Arabia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, committed countless unspeakable war
crimes in and around the towns of Srebrenica and Bratunac from 1992 all the
way up to July of 1995. In fact, entire Serbian villages were raised to the
ground, Christian churches destroyed, graveyards desecrated, and over three
and a half thousand Serbian civilians were mercilessly butchered during
those three years. Due to the fact that most Serb men of the region were
conscripted into the Serbian army, Naser Oric and his paramilitaries almost
exclusively targeted innocent civilians, including women, children, and
elderly Serbs who had no ability or opportunity to flee the carnage.

Once the Serbian forces entered the Srebrenica enclave in July of 1995, war
crimes were undoubtedly committed and the Geneva Convention was violated.
This is inexcusable and reprehensible, regardless of the circumstances.
Nonetheless, many of the Serbian soldiers who entered Srebrenica had their
families slaughtered by Bosnian Muslim paramilitaries, and to portray the
Srebrenica Massacre as an isolated incident without a proper context is a
direct affront to truth and justice. Furthermore, many questions about the
Srebrenica Massacre remain unanswered to this day, including how many of the
Bosnian Muslim men of fighting age who were allegedly executed by Serbian
forces were in fact executed as prisoners and how many died in battle while
trying to mount a retreat towards the Bosnian Muslim wartime stronghold of
Tuzla along with Naser Oric and his paramilitaries. What is known and well
documented, however, is the fact that the Bosnian Muslim civilians of
Srebrenica, including women, children and the elderly, were assured safe
passage to Serbia by the Serbian forces, which is more than the Bosnian
Muslim paramilitaries ever offered the Serbian civilians of Srebrenica and

Beyond the issue of Srebrenica itself, tens of thousands of Serbian
civilians lost their lives throughout the Yugoslav Civil War of the 1990s,
and hundreds of thousands were ethnically cleansed from their homes in
modern-day Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The vast majority of these
people were never offered the opportunity to recoup their losses, and to
this day Serbia remains the country with the largest number of refugees and
displaced persons in all of Europe. Furthermore, Serbia, unlike Bosnia and
Herzegovina and Croatia, remains the most multiethnic and diverse of all the
Former Yugoslav Republics.

With all of this in mind, the Serbian Community of Canada and all Canadians
who value truth and justice demand a clear answer from the honorable Robert
Oliphant as to why he believes that the lives of Serbian civilian victims
who were murdered by Bosnian Muslim forces are worth less than the lives of
Bosnian Muslims? Furthermore, we demand that he justify to the Canadian
public why he does not feel that all the innocent victims of the Yugoslav
Civil War deserve to be properly remembered, and why he is insisting that
only Bosnian Muslims deserve a remembrance day? If there is to be a
remembrance day, it ought to honour the memory of all innocent people,
including the tens of thousands of Serbian civilians who died during the
Yugoslav Civil War, and it should not serve a partisan political purpose.
Moreover, if there is to be a remembrance day for the victims of genocide,
then the Serbian people who suffered three genocides in the 20th century
alone and lost millions of innocent lives in the process deserve to be
remembered as much as anyone.

Serbian lives are not less important! Serbian victims must not be ignored!
The truth cannot be brushed aside!

In the name of the Serbian Community of Canada, I invite the honourable
Robert Oliphant to answer publicly for his actions, and I challenge him to
defend his stance in a public forum. I am personally more than willing to
engage him in debate on this important issue on any and all Canadian media


Bojan Ratkovic
Founder and President of the Serbian Youth League of Canada

2 Antworten

  1. „Al-Qaeda-linked Mujahedeen“ LOL. Love it how you try to link the two. Doesn’t work bud! good luck.

  2. Oh by the way „Naser Oric“ was aquited of any crimes by the war-hague tribunal….Lies again.

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