The Bosnian Genocide Promoters
By David Peterson at Feb 15, 2006
For those among you who have never come across it before, there is a relatively new weblog titled:
Believe it or not.
According to the information on the website, this blog was launched in early December, 2005---so it's only a little more than two months old.
Still. Notice the timing: Shortly after the October 31, 2005 start of The Guardian - Chomsky thing. (The endless points and counterpoints and recriminations.) The formal halving of the estimated death-toll to have been caused during the 1992 - 1995 wars over Bosnia and Herzegovina to somewhere around 100,000. But now, crucially, by researchers working for the Demographic Unit of the Office of the Prosecutor at the ICTY. Similar work being carried out by the Sarajevo-based Research and Documentation Center. As well as the other contests to have arisen over the questions of body-counts. Causes and intent. The historical record. (Who gets to keep it, ultimately? And who doesn't?) And the whole series of ludicrous and politically motivated charges these overlapping subject areas have generated the past eight months or so. But above all those tied to the most ludicrous charges of them all: That there was indeed an event best characterized as the Bosnian Genocide. (By which the Bosnian Genocide Affirmers and the Bosnian Genocide Promoters mean a project undertaken by ethnic Serbs during the wars in Bosnia and Herzegovina, not just to kill their enemies in the war and to seize and occupy their enemies' territory, but also to [fill in the blank, as nobody within the camp of Affirmers and Promoters has ever been able to do].) And that the Truth of this particular Genocide, namely the Bosnian Genocide, which evidently was a Genocide and forever will be a Genocide, whether 250,000, 200,000, or 100,000 people on all sides were killed during the wars, is so well-established, so important, and so incorrigibly true, no one can dispute the use of the term 'genocide' with respect to the events there and then, without also being guilty of the intellectual and moral crimes that go by the names denial and revisionism. (For an exemplary instance of this political approach to the historical record, and the campaign to scare off challengers to those who'd like to keep the record all to themselves, see "The Guardian, Noam Chomsky, and the Milosevic Lobby," Marko Attila Hoare, The Henry Jackson Society, February 4, 2006. Though this kind of work is far from alone.)
The Srebrenica Genocide Blog includes re-postings of material lifted from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. As well as other electronic sources. Such as the aforementioned Marko Attila Hoare ("The Left Revisionists," "Chomsky's Genocide Denial," "The Guardian, Noam Chomsky and the Milosevic Lobby"), Bill Weinberg's World War 4 Report ("Why Does Z Magazine Support Genocide?"), and other beauties ("Srebrenica -- Defending Truth," "Edward Herman on The lists of Missing at Srebrenica," and a post that purports to define the phrase 'Srebrenica Genocide Denial and Revisionism', among others). (See below, where I'll post a copy of this very last item on the menu.)
“War-related Deaths in the 1992–1995 Armed Conflicts in Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Critique of Previous Estimates and Recent Results,” Ewa Tabeau and Jakub Bijak, European Journal of Population, Volume 21, June, 2005, pp. 187-215
Population Losses in Bosnia and Herzegovina 92-95 Project, Research and Documentation Center, Sarajevo
"Genocide Is Not a Matter of Numbers," Emir Suljagic interviews Mirsad Tokaca of the Sarajevo-based Research and Documentation Center, Bosnian Institute News & Analysis, January 19, 2006
Srebrenica and the Politics of War Crimes (Homepage), Srebrenica Research Group
"The Bosnian Genocide Promoters," ZNet, February 15, 2006
FYA ("For your archives"): One item lifted from the Srebrenica Genocide Blog. The list of "keywords" reproduced at the very bottom are beyond irony. To repeat them for you here: "Srebrenica Genocide, Srebrenica Massacre, Srebrenica Genocide Denial, Srebrenica Massacre Denial, Srebrenica Genocide Revisionism, Srebrenica Massacre Revisionism, Srebrenica Genocide Deniers, Srebrenica Massacre Deniers, Bosniaks, Bosnian Muslims, Bosniak, Bosnian Muslim, Bosniacs, Muslims, Bosniac, Muslim." Somehow or other, the author neglected to mention Satan.---Please see to it that this mistake does not happen again.
09 February, 2006
SREBRENICA GENOCIDE DENIAL AND REVISIONISM: SHORT DEFINITION
Srebrenica Genocide denial, also called Srebrenica Genocide revisionism, is the belief that the Srebrenica genocide did not occur, or, more specifically: that far fewer than around 8,100 Srebrenica Bosniaks were killed by the Bosnian Serb Army (numbers below 5,000, most often around 2,000 are typically cited); that there never was a centrally-planned Bosnian Serb Army's attempt to exterminate the Bosniaks of Srebrenica; and/or that there were no mass killings at the extermination sites.
Those who hold this position often further claim that Bosniaks and/or Western media know that the Srebrenica genocide never occurred, yet that they are engaged in a massive conspiracy to maintain the illusion of a Srebrenica Genocide to further their political agenda. These views are not accepted as credible by objective historians.
Srebrenica genocide deniers almost always prefer to be called Srebrenica Genocide revisionists. Most scholars contend that the latter term is misleading. Historical revisionism is a well-accepted part of the study of history; it is the reexamination of historical facts, with an eye towards updating histories with newly discovered, more accurate, or less biased information. The implication is that history as it has been traditionally told may not be entirely accurate. The term historical revisionism has a second meaning, the illegitimate manipulation of history for political purposes. For example, Srebrenica Genocide deniers (or Srebrenica Genocide revisionists as they like to be called) typically willfully misuse or ignore historical records in order to attempt to prove their conclusions.
While historical revisionism is the re-examination of accepted history, with an eye towards updating it with newly discovered, more accurate, and less-biased information, Srebrenica Genocide deniers/revisionists have been using it to seek evidence in support of their own preconceived theory, omitting substantial facts.
Most Srebrenica Genocide deniers reject the term Genocide and insist that they do not deny the Srebrenica Massacre, prefering to be called "revisionists". They are nevertheless commonly labeled as Srebrenica Genocide deniers to differentiate them from historical revisionists and because their goal is to deny the existance of the Srebrenica Genocide, by omitting substantial facts, rather than honestly using historical evidence and methodology to examine the event.
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