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July 12, 2004
Genocide, the UN, and "unbiased reporting"

More than 20,000 mourners gathered in Srebrenica on Sunday bury the remains of 338 victims who were exhumed from mass graves and identified. The AP reminds us that more than 5,000 Muslim men and boys were killed by Bosnian Serbs in the worse case of genocide in Europe since the Holocaust.

Actually, the AP refers to the murders as a massacre and never mentioned the Holocaust. The unbiased description used: Europe's worst massacre since World War II. One wonders whether the AP intended a reference to the Holocaust or was instead commenting upon Stalins infamous purges. Or perhaps the AP reporter was merely alluding to the Second World War in a general sense meaning that a lot of people died . . .

Who knows what the AP really meant since everything is so politically neutral except when its not. Case in point: UN duplicity in the Bosnian genocide. It is a well known fact that Srebrenica was designated as a safe zone by the UN, and yet the Dutch peacekeepers stood by while Serbs separated the women from the men and boys over the age of 12 and then murdered all of the males over a period of three days in July 1995. The Dutch commanders only attempt to prevent the slaughter was a request for a NATO air strike on the Serbs which was denied by the UN Commander General Bernard Janvier because it was on the wrong form. (BTW, Janvier is French but you probably guessed that.) A photo posted here even shows the Dutch commander having a little drink with Serb Commander General Ratko Mladic before the genocide got under way. (Mladic remains at large.)

Genocide is the only appropriate definition of the murder of more than 5,000 unarmed Muslims in Srebrenica. The UN failed to prevent it and instead contributed to the genocide by luring the Muslims to the so-called safe zone in an offer of protection the organization never intended to act on. No one, not even an AP reporter, should forget the crucial facts of this tragedy or else some hapless refugee may someday mistakenly place his or her trust in soldiers wearing blue berets.

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