In that horrible decennium that was the ‘90s (that began with the invasion of Kuweit and the following war in Iraq, and ended with the war in Kosovo), in 1994 there was that what was registered as the fastest genocide in history: approximately a million deaths in Rwanda, in less than a hundred days.
That shameful record lasted just over a year, until the summer of 1995 when, in the hart of Europe, a new genocide occurred that became the new fastest genocide of history: over 10,000 Bosnian Muslims were exterminated by Bosnian Serb forces in the city of Srebrenica (in the former Herzegovina), in less than a week, starting the 11th of July.
In terms of the number of victims, the comparison to Rwanda does not hold up. In terms of the intention, however, it does hold up, as confirmed by the international sentences awarded by The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Court of Justice (both set in the Hague, the Netherlands), of which respect would impose to recognize what happened 23 years ago and to call it by its name: genocide, not massacre.
Srebrenica was an anomaly: an enclave with a Muslim majority in a part of Bosnia-Herzegovina that was “Serbia-lized“. To join the borders of the ‘new’ Bosnia, that would have been enshrined in Dayton’s Peace Agreement, it was necessary to put an end to that anomaly.
Everybody agreed that Srebrenica would have to be sacrificed, history (not justice, unfortunately) will tell us if the international leaders of the century were aware of the intention of the genocide: that of deliberately exterminating over 10,000 men (including boys) of combat age.
Now, 23 years later, the women of Srebrenica continue to cry over their deaths. Some of their remains will never be found.
The authorities of Bosnia left the women, victims of the conflict, alone after the Dayton Peace Agreement.
At Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia Herzegovina, the Turkish and Saudi Arabian governments try to proselytize people with the intention of radicalizing the Islam, which historically is a peaceful and tolerant religion.
International justice has finished its work, Europe is silent and the pro-Serbian front is advocating denial.
Who would like to learn more about the genocide of Srebrenica, could read the many books written by Luca Leone.
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