On March 1, the Muslim-majority in Basnia-Herzigovina celebrated the 20th anniversary of the declaration of independence from the humpty-dumpty Yugoslavia.
The 1992-95 war imposed on Muslim-majority state of Basnia-Herzigovina by Serbia and Croatia with the help of western countries resulted in the death 100,000 Muslims; 60,000 Muslim women raped and around half of the population made refugees.
“There are only a few countries in which the International Community invested so much energy, money and time. But certainly, looking back over a distance of 20 years, we can say that there was not enough resolve. They recognized Bosnia and Herzegovina. They asked us to declare ourselves, and after we did they introduced the weapons embargo, knowing that it would only affect the defenders. Not protecting them was to leave them to be slaughtered,” says Bakir Itzetbegovic, the Muslim member in a tripartite presidency and son of the independent Bosnia-Herzegovina’s first President Alija Ali Izetbegovic.
The 43-month war for the establishment of Bosnia-Herzegovina as an independent state ended without a victors and vanquished. The so-called ‘Dayton Peace Accord’ was a reflection on this ‘drawn match’ – western inborn fear of a Muslim-state inside Judeo-Christian Europe.
Kathryn Bolkovac, a former US police officer who served as a peace-keeper in post-war Bosnia in 1999 had slammed the UN for covering up the huge sexual abuse of Muslims. Watch her documentary, The Whistleblower’, below.
Islamic Iran was the only Muslim country which helped Bosnian army with light arms and training with the help of Croatia.
The Western-imposed Dayton agreement providing for a multiethnic state might have had more hope of success had crimes against humanity not been committed on such a scale. But the country’s Muslims, Croats and Serbs have never been reconciled. Political and economic turmoil is the norm. Half the population live very poorly.