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To: johnnyBbad
the commanders of the JNA were non-Serbs, fact. Need a list?

The muslims knew how to play the game and knew how to use PR. Majority of the "muslim dead" were Serbs and was orchestrated to be seen as "butchered muslims", but were in fact "butchered Serbs".

One of Burns's first stories after his arrival back in Sarajevo in July 1993 contained a reference to the infamous "bread line massacre" of the previous year, which Bosnian Muslims used to pressure the U.N. Security Council as it prepared to vote for sanctions against Serbia. A year after some U.N. official acknowledged that Muslims, not Bosnian Serbs, had set off explosive that killed 22 civilians outside a Sarajevo bakery. Burns and the "Times" still reported the claim that a Serb mortar had caused the tragedy. Ironically, that same July 5 story by Burns focused on Bosnian paramilitary police in Sarajevo who were firing mortars on nearby Bosnian army units. Repeated attempts to interview Burns, who returned briefly to Toronto last June, were unsuccessful.

There have also been questions about Roy Gutman's Pulitzer-winning scoops in August 1992 about two Serb-run "death camps." Gutman constructed his accounts, to his credit, admittedly so, from alleged survivors of Manjaca and Trnopolje. But as one British journalist, Joan Phillips, has pointed out: "The death camp stories are very thinly sourced. They are based on the very few accounts from hearsay. They are given the stamp of authority by speculation and surmise from officials. Gutman is not guilty of lying. He did not try to hide the fact that his stories were thinly sourced." But it is also true, as Phillips noted, that Gutman's disclaimers were placed near the end of the article. Yet those stories were the principal basis for the world's belief that the Serbs were not simply holding Muslim prisoners but were operating death camps in Bosnia. Phillips also drew attention to Gutman's visit in September 1992 to the scene of a massacre of 17 Serbs near Banja Luka, which went unreported until December 13, three months later. Gutman could not be contacted and "Newsday" editors would not explain the lapse in publication. Gutman did discuss his reporting later on: in an interview in the July 1993 "American Journalism Review," he explained that he had abandoned strict objectivity in his coverage in order to pressure governments to act.

The entire media response to the issue of atrocities against Serbs raises a troubling question: why did the press show such minimal interests in Serb claim of death camps housing their own people? Documents submitted to the European parliament and U.N. by Bosnian Serbs have included horrible claims:


21 posted on 09/15/2005 2:59:03 PM PDT by ma bell ("Take me to the Brig. I want to see the "real Marines". Major General Chesty Puller, USMC)
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To: ma bell
YOu want to know why the Serbs wanted to force the muslim army out of Gorazde back in the spring of 1994???

Let me guess....bin Laden was among them???

22 posted on 09/15/2005 3:05:53 PM PDT by johnnyBbad
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To: ma bell
You do what all sides in the Balkans love to do: drown you in a long list of crimes by the other side, as if the other side couldn't provide such a list themselves, even a longer one.

By mid-1993, the ability to tell the Serb side of the story was gone, as some observers recognized.

Gee I wonder why. Serbophibia I guess....

24 posted on 09/15/2005 3:10:10 PM PDT by johnnyBbad
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To: ma bell
The entire media response to the issue of atrocities against Serbs raises a troubling question: why did the press show such minimal interests in Serb claim of death camps housing their own people?

Two reasons--MULA and Christiene Amanpour. By backing the Bosnian Muslims and later the Albanian Kosovars, the MSM was assured of keeping their "news" outlets all over the ME. Secondly, "the whore of war" so slanted the reporting from this region that the MSM anointed the bloodthirsty sons of Ustachi and SS butchers their victims de jure.
84 posted on 03/09/2006 5:26:00 PM PST by attiladhun2 (evolution has both deified and degraded humanity)
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