When the Dutch turned over their OPs to the Serbs, Srebrenica's defenders lost the the strong points and defensible terrain on the enclave's southern perimeter, and against Serbian armor and artillery, the enclave's inadequately supplied defenders stood no chance of defending themselves.
Given the Serbian treatment of captured males, regardless of any actual military affiliation, evacuating turned out to be the best of a bad set of options for Srebrenica's defenders.
Exactly....and that is why there weren't 8,000 killed as previously claimed. Finally we agree on something.
The same principle holds true about Kosovo. They never did find 10,000 massacred bodies. The set up about the entire Balkan campaign was just enough truth to make the entire lie believeable.
Evacutation was permitted under Mladics Garde and remnants of the Drina Corps. The muslim population were given the promise of safe passage with bus transportation from the Serbian Army. The muslim army (that were under orders of Oric and Izetbegovic) didn't allow this to occur. When those muslims (civilian and military) that accepted the offer of the Serbs began to move towards the AA, is when muslim-on-muslim fighting began.
It was a running gun battle between those three segments -The Oric muslims v. muslim army and civies that wanted to leave v. the Serb Army and Serb local populace. It was not so much the Serb v. muslims wanting to leave, but they were given very good treatment and gave grids on the Oric muslims.
Do the math, the Serbs sat back while those two fractured groups were fighting it out and only moved in when it was clear they entire muslim army was pulling out.
Nice to finally meet you, Michael/Hoplite as you affectionately call me, Big Z.
You didn't tell me you lived further up the coast, is that why we never met for hot chocolate/coffee in San Jose last year?
"Given the Serbian treatment of captured males, regardless of any actual military affiliation, evacuating turned out to be the best of a bad set of options for Srebrenica's defenders."
?????? Their treatment of POW's....you got to be kidding. How about the severed heads of Serb POW's by the Muslim Muh. that we (U.S. Admin, Klinton administered and Clarkie carried out)...brought into the Balkans to stir the trouble and behead the POW's....that would be Serbs or anyone else these jackels could find. The Jackels then went to Croatia, to feed on more Serbs....led by head jackel, Ceku....in operation storm....
Let's catch up.......with the facts and reality.