By the end of 1995, the war in Bosnia/Herzegovina was effectively over. It was a conflict marked by cruelty and wanton destructiveness on all sides. Innocent non-combatants were killed, and their homes were destroyed, only because of their ethnicity. Quite often, ethnic retribution was the principal reason for the devastation, military necessity being secondary or playing no discernible role whatsoever.
After the war’s end, hundreds of millions of dollars in international aid were distributed to rebuild shattered communities in Bosnia, including Srebrenica, and to make them fit again for human habitation. But this assistance does not seem to have been shared equitably among all those who had suffered. Political criteria played a major role in the apportioning of reconstruction funds, just as they did in virtually every other aspect of the “peace process.”
The pictures that we present here were taken in the month of April of 2009 in the Serbian villages of Bukova Glava, Mala Turija, Brežani, Božići, Klekovići, Pribojevići, Arapovići, Toplica, Jezero, Bradići, Gaj and Podravanje, all located in the area surrounding the former “demilitarized” UN protected zone of Srebrenica. They speak more than a thousand words. They speak volumes. The fact that today, a decade and a half after the war’s end, those villages look exactly the same as if they had been devastated yesterday is a telling indictment of those whose duty it should have been to assist all innocent victims of the war on an equal footing.
The fact that these and many other Serbian villages around Srebrenica are still ruined and desolate in 2009 is palpable proof of the hatred and ruthlessness of Naser Orić’s forces within the Srebrenica enclave. In spite of agreements signed in April and May of 1993, and a UN Security Council resolution, those Moslem forces were left fully armed and operationally capable by UN troops within the enclave, whose job between 1993 and 1995 was to disarm and disband them. The condition of these Serbian villages today is an embarrassing reminder of the “international community’s” double standards in treating innocent civilian victims of the Bosnian war if they happen to be Serbian. It also stands as silent, but irrefutable, proof of the falseness of the officially sanctioned propaganda narrative that the only victims of Srebrenica were Moslems