The public does not know the history of Serbia. The “war crimes” for which Serbia is accused have been isolated, dramatized, anathematized. The name Slobodan Milosevic is universally execrated. The Left once again freely associates the execution of Bosnian Muslims with the Holocaust. Hitler’s genocide against the Jews is the ultimate condemnation for any expression of nationalism, ethnic pride, or even survival.
Al-qaeda-supported Kosovo (KLA)”terrorists,” still active today.
But the story is all wrong. The indigenous people of the territory of Bosnia are Serbs and Croations. The Turkish Muslems and their descendents only fairly recently decided to call themselves Bosnians. The Serbs and Croates who intermarried and converted to Islam were onced called Turks as well.
One really has to know the history of the Balkans before accusations or justifications can be made with any accuracy at all. Such confusion is a seed bed for Leftist media spin.
Part of what led to the media condemnation of Serbia was the movement of the Kosovo region toward independece. It was a Muslem movement, but the media never brought that out. (It’s the same situation today in Chechnya. The movement for independence is a Muslim movement, and it’s not about democracy.) The ethnic Albanian Muslims living in Kosovo were demanding independence in 1998, and the Kosovo Liberation Army was violent about it.
A great deal of the problem in the Balkans has always been artificial, superimposed boundaries, which often included powerful tribes of diverse enthnicity within the assigned borders of another, averse tribe. And the Slavic tribes also migrated across different boundaries. During the 1990′s Balkan wars, 300,000 Serbians, long living in territory called Croatia,fled from there, and Croatia has been slow to assist them in returning to their homes, what’s left of the homes.
But all parties have always attacked the Christian Orthodox Serbs. Hitler used Bosnian Muslims to slaughter untold numbers of Christian Serbs (as well as Jews). The genocide of 1.9 Serbian Christians is one of the least known attrocities of modern times. Hitler’s “Nazi” Bosnian Muslims were called Ustachi.
Croates, heavily Catholic, and ‘Bosnians,’ heavily Muslim, have repeatedly slaughtered and robbed Christian Orthodox Serbs for the last century.
Bill Clinton backed the Albanian Muslims in Kosovo who wanted independence from Serbia. Who backed Serbia in her struggle against local Islamicists and Catholics on all sides?
Most versions of the story are pro-anything but Serbian Orthodox. The fact that Serbians mercifully spared women and children of Bosnian Muslims is considered a “gendercide” instead. Osama Bin Ladin supports the KLA Muslims terrorists in the Balkans, whom Clinton and NATO’s Wesley Clark also supported.
What are we missing? Why the universal execration of Serbia?