Genocide in Bosnia: The Policy of "Ethnic Cleansing"

Genocide in Bosnia: The Policy of "Ethnic Cleansing"

Genocide in Bosnia: The Policy of "Ethnic Cleansing"

Genocide in Bosnia: The Policy of "Ethnic Cleansing"

Synopsis

"In this compelling and thorough study, Norman Cigar sets out to prove that genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina is not simply the unintentional result of civil war or the unfortunate by-product of rabid nationalism. Genocide is, he contends, the planned and direct consequence of conscious policy decisions made by the Serbian establishment in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Its policies were carried out in a deliberate and systematic manner as part of a broader strategy intended to achieve a defined political objective - the creation of an expanded, ethnically pure Greater Serbia. Using testimony from congressional hearings, policy statements, interviews, and reports from the western and local media, the author describes a sinister policy of victimization that escalated from vilification to threats, then expulsion, torture, and killing. Cigar also takes the international community to task for its reluctance to act decisively and effectively. Genocide in Bosnia provides a detailed account of the historical events, actions, and practices that led to and legitimated genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It focuses attention not only on the horror of "ethnic cleansing" but on the calculated strategy that allowed it to happen. Cigar's book is important reading for anyone interested in the inherent violence of overzealous nationalism - from Rwanda to Afghanistan and anywhere else." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

The genocide that has been occurring in Bosnia-Herzegovina since 1992 demands national attention. Incidents of these atrocities have involved European, American, and Islamic interests; they have taken place in the heart of Europe which had promised never to tolerate such a bloodbath again; they have paralyzed mechanisms set up to prevent such genocide, from the UN Charter to the NATO mandate; and they have been monitored, observed, and documented in progress. In this pioneering book, the first scholarly treatise on genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Norman Cigar casts a harsh spotlight on this issue. He analyzes with sensitivity, insight, and scrupulous documentation the horrors of Bosnia-Herzegovina that have taken place even as the West has passively stood by.

In a thoroughly objective manner, Cigar discusses and documents the implementation of the Serbian policy of genocide from the points of view of the Serbs, Muslims, and Croats as well as the major powers outside the Balkans, including the Americans, French, and British. He tackles the most widely used rationalization used for understanding this case of genocide, that it stems from "tribal" and "historical" hatreds among the peoples of the former Yugoslavia. And he proves with no uncertainties that this philosophical stance is blatantly false. The truth is that the Belgrade regime, headed by Serbian President Slobodan Milošević planned carefully and supported completely the genocide unleashed in Bosnia-Herzegovina by his apprentice, the suspected war-criminal, Radovan KaradŽić.

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