Sunday, December 04, 2005

Srebrenica: The ICTY decision

Reggarding the Srebrenica massacre Johnstone says,

War crimes ? The Serbs themselves do not deny that crimes were committed. Part of a plan of genocide ? For this there is no evidence whatsoever.

In Prosecutor v. Krstić (International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia case), a landmark ruling that put to rest any doubts about the legal character of the massacre, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia unanimously ruled that it was an act of genocide. In this judgment one can see that concerning the numbers of victims ICTY has very little doubt, “The depravity, brutality and cruelty with which the Bosnian Serb Army (“VRS”) treated the innocent inhabitants of the safe area are now well known and documented. Bosnian women, children and elderly were removed from the enclave, and between 7,000 – 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men were systematically murdered.”

Johnstone is denying the findings of this ad hoc international criminal court and it is in this sense that her writing is similar to Irving’s, at least until his own trial he was dennying the Nuernberg decision. The interpretations of history of both authors go against the recognized and final legal facts, legal interpretations of history.


Renegade Eye said...

I believe the ICTY decision. I wrote on my blog so down the middle, is simply I knew Diana at one time personally. I know she is well meaning.

Srdjan Cvijic said...

I do not have anything against Diana and if I were not from the region I would completely and voicefully defend her right to speak, whatever she might say, esspecially if it is her vision of some historical events (no matter how wrong if wrong). I might criticize it but I would certainly not defend it. What she writes is blatantly not hate speech. Nevertheless, I am Serbian and I cannot allow myself to negate the decisions of the recognized International Court.