Tuesday, April 28, 2009

"Why Yugoslavia Still Matters" by John Feffer

Big thanks to Roger Lippman for bringing this article from the Foreign Policy in Focus website.

Also, see the debate between Feffer and Bosnian revision Edward Hermann here.


shaina said...

Thanks for the link

Daniel (Srebrenica Genocide Blog) said...

I made several comments on that website and they only published 2 of them. Several of my other comments were rejected, but they sure accepted tons of genocide denial comments. I raised this issue with John, but to no avail. Their institute, or whatever they call themselves, seems to value genocide denial opinions more than facts. What a shame! Here is my response to the Srebrenica genocide denier Ed Herman (aka: Edward S. Herman):

One of the most disgusting Srebrenica genocide deniers, Edward S. Herman, is back to his old tricks again.

Herman still uses his old selective arguments distorting facts and quoting unreliable sources, such as former paid Serb lobbyist and alleged rapist Gen. Lewis MacKenzie who had never been in Srebrenica. Here are some of the most interesting myths that Herman actively promotes.

MYTH: In his latest article, titled "Serb Demonization as Propaganda Coup" unqualified Edward S. Herman challenges DNA science and claims that the "[Bosniak] post-2000 findings and DNA identifications have been further compromised by their very unscientific handling of the body remains (in the ground five or more years."

FACT: The forensic remains and DNA of Srebrenica genocide victims have been processed according to the highest international standards and by the world-renowned ICMP (International Commission for Missing Persons). You can read more about forensics here.

MYTH: Edward S. Herman goes on to criticize the U.N.-based International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for not including Serb forensic expert Dr. Zoran Stankovic as a witness. Herman claims that "Serb forensic expert Dr. Zoran Stankovic never testified at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia."

FACT: The fact is that he did. In his own words, Dr. Zoran Stankovic said:

"I testified before this Tribunal on two occasions. Once, I was present during the proceedings of General Krstic, and then in May I was an expert witness for the Defence in the trial of Milutinovic, Sainovic, Ojdanic, Pavkovic,and Lazarevic, and Lukic."
MYTH: Edward Herman claims that Bosniaks in Srebrenica never demilitarized. Thus far, he suggests they were legitimate military target.

FACT: Apparently, Herman is not aware that Serbs around Srebrenica had never demilitarized, even though they were required to do so as per the demilitarization agreement. The Bosnian Government had entered into demilitarization agreements with the Bosnian Serbs. On 21 April 1993, the UNPROFOR issued press release saying that the process of demilitarization of Bosnian defenders of Srebrenica had been a success. According to the Agreement, the Serbs should withdraw their heavy weapons before the Bosniaks gave up their weapons. The Serbs refused to demilitarize. They never honored their part of agreement. Instead, Serb military and paramilitary troops continued using surrounding Serb villages as a base for attacks on (and brutal siege of) Srebrenica.

More here:

Anonymous said...

Muslims were demilitarized??? They fought back for days...and even entered Tuzla with full equipment. Don't spread your propaganda on here. We all know the truth.