They are still burying the dead, 18 years after the fall of Srebrenica, as the painstaking DNA analysis from what can be just fragments continues to identify remains from 300 mass graves.
Today the UN Yugoslav War Crime Court will rule on Radovan Karadzic’s appeal against genocide charges. Despite court rulings that the specific events and circumstances in the fall of Srebrenica were genocide, some few people still argue without consulting the volume of evidence collected.
The evidence is overwhelming, but genocide deniers and those that hide behind them by saying only putting forward their views abound. They will be challenged – the historic record and scientific evidence is there.
Over 400 remains from the genocide are laid to rest on this anniversary. As those massacred are honoured we remember that in my life time and yours, in Europe something our forefathers vowed would never happen again after the Second World War happened.
Genocide. In Europe.
8,000 people killed with the intention to devastate and harm the Bosnian people, a crime against humanity.
As William Hague, British Foreign Secretary puts it:
Some say that the legacy of Srebrenica can be seen in our foreign policy decisions today and that the lessons from Srebrenica apply as much to the international community as they do to the people and politicians of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The world was shaken by the events of summer 1995, and it is hard to deny that the international community was found wanting. One day, the true legacy of Srebrenica should be that such violence is never perpetrated again, whether in Europe or anywhere else in the world.
US Secretary of State John Kerry’s press release for today is apt regarding the deniers:
As we know from history, truth and reconciliation are essential to moving beyond the past towards a better tomorrow.
We applaud those who continue to seek justice for the victims and work to ensure that all citizens have the right to return and to live peacefully in their pre-war homes.
We reject efforts to rewrite or manipulate history, deny the genocide, or negate Bosnia and Herzegovina’s multiethnic character.
We must always challenge falsehood, we must combat it, and we must counter it with truth, wisdom, and compassion.
The fragility of a just society means that we have an obligation to be eternally watchful against the forces arrayed against it.
I received a comment on my post about Srebrenica which makes that challenge, worthwhile of itself as time well spent on earth, ever worth pursuing:
I am Bosnian.
To be honest after what we went [through], do “people” really think that denial or words could hurt us anymore. Who gives the shit-(forgive my language)We are not even angry as much as we should be.
What is the acceptable number of our killed people to be seen as a crime, genocide?!
Not enough for you, couple of thousands?!
How many of us should die in our own cities, houses in our own land?
Yesterday on one the lists of missing people in Bosnia, I run into the name and last name of someone I have never met, however mere coincidence that person in my life now is having the same name-made me think, what if this was him?
This week we are burying more people so out of respect I will leave at that.
Thank you, you are one person but to us more important than hundred of crazy people.
Mr Secretaries we will hold you to your word and remind you of somewhere; Syria. One day may the legacy of Srebrenica be acted on without hesitation to protect humanity.
It cannot come soon enough.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog