After the massacre at Srebrenica in 1995, General Mladić—the
chief perpetrator—said triumphantly, “Everything that hap-
pened here happened under the eyes of the world.”
People in Bosnia were victimized by aggression from Serbia and Croatia and by criminal elements within their own country; they were also victimized by the world’s nonunderstanding of this evil. Even though media accounts attempted to explain the motivation behind the destruction of so many lives, families, and communities, they often fell short.
There is, however, preexisting literature that explains the evil that the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina suffered. One such essay is titled “On Nationalism” by Danilo Kiš. The essay has been reprinted in two anthologies, Why Bosnia? (Ali and Lifschultz 1993) and Scar on the Stone (Agee 1998). It is too late to change what happened to the people of Bosnia; it is not, however, too late to revisit this notable essay and show its continued relevance. Such a review could resist a repetition of evil under the guise of nationalism not only in Bosnia but also elsewhere in the world.
An earlier version of this chapter appeared in Sociologija nakon Bosne and as “O upotrebi dvoličnog diskursa u globalnim medijima od strane počinitelja rathih zločina u Bosni [On the double-voiced discourse in the global media by perpetrators of war crimes in Bosnia]” in Odjek.