Reply to Stela Rajic:
Reply to Stela Rajic:
Stela Rajic and her family were clearly victims of serious abuse and injustice, but this experience has crippled her ability to look at the issues with any objectivity. She says that â€œnothing is black and white,â€ and that â€œall sides did atrocities,â€ but somehow the atrocities of her side get belittledâ€”she tells us that the Bosnian Muslims perpetrated no historical massacre (like Srebrenica or Jasenovac), and that comparing Arkan and Naser Oric is â€œridiculousâ€ because Oric was simply â€œa local commander of Bosnian army, defending Srebrenica, as of now indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal.â€ She ignores the Bosnian Muslim (and Izetbegovic) participation in World War II with the lNazis, and her notion that Oric was just â€œdefending Srebrenicaâ€ is apologetics of the worst sortâ€”he bragged to John Pomfret (Washington Post) and Bill Schiller (National Post) about having slaughtered Serb civilians in nearby villages and even showed them videos of heads chapped off and bodies and devastated buildings. She doesnâ€™t mention the importation of 4,000 Mujahadeen into
My writings on the Balkans have been designed to contest a party line that I believe deeply flawed and dangerous. I have never claimed that the Serbs were sweet innocents and did not commit serious crimes, and I have never denied that they carried out executions near Srebrenica in July 1995. But I have contested the party line that they were the sole villains, that they executed 8,000 in July, and that justice has been served in the assessments of villains/victims and their pursuit in the media and by the Yugoslavia Tribunal, which I regard as a completely politicized body serving as an arm of the NATO powers. As I explained in â€œThe Politics of the Srebrenica Massacre,â€ the huge mobilization of memorials and coerced confessions of the past month will serve neither justice nor reconciliation. They have an unappetizing political function, that includes, among other aims, putting supposed â€œhumanitarian interventionâ€ in a good light. A political construction of the Srebrenica massacre serves that end.