Fortunes of War or Recognizable Pattern?
Overall, ethnic cleansing seems to have followed a premeditated strategy, rather than being an improvisation arising from unfolding events. What has occurred forms a pattern which suggests adherence to general top-down policy guidance and a degree of coordination across the republic and, apparently, with unofficial and government circles in Belgrade.
To expect to uncover a public document detailing how this process was to occur, of course, may be unrealistic. Šešelj noted, even of plans for national expansion: "Plans of that type are not written down for the general public. He who holds power or who has the capability of implementing a plan writes it down [only] for the benefit of his own guidance and that of the necessary circle of people around him who participate in implementing the national plan."1 There are indications, however, that there was an overarching strategic design to the policy. While on a visit to Serbia, Branimir Savović, mayor of the Bosnian city of Višegrad, hinted at prior coordination with the authorities in Serbia. Criticizing what he saw as Belgrade's recent pressure to halt further advances, he noted with some irritation that the "truth is, we have not carried to its conclusion the struggle that we had planned together. It was not we [Bosnian Serbs] who came up with the slogan 'All Serbs in a
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Publication information: Book title: Genocide in Bosnia:The Policy of "Ethnic Cleansing". Contributors: Norman Cigar - Author. Publisher: Texas A&M University Press. Place of publication: College Station, TX. Publication year: 1995. Page number: 47.