DIANA JENKINS ON SREBRENICA, WORLD WAR II, EJUP GANIC...
"My own father lost his parents. Not just them, but his entire family. Killed near the River Drina - the same waterway that marks the border between Srebrenica and Serbia - during an entirely different war, no less brutal. This was 1943 - 1945. And it was also genocide." ("Civil War or Genocide? Ask the Mothers of Srebrenica")
And she is correct. What happened in World War II was Genocide perpetrated by Serbian nazi collaborators (Chetniks) over the Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) population in towns and villages from both sides of the River Drina, in Bosnia and Serbia. Serbian nazi past and Serbian collaboration with nazi fascists is extremely well documented. In World War II, Serbs were on the side of nazi fascists. Serbs systematically murdered more than 100,000 Bosnian Muslim civilians during the Holocaust. According to Dr. Philip Cohen,
"Serbs portray themselves as victims in the Second World War, but conceal the systematic genocide that Serbs had committed against several peoples including the Jews. Thus Serbs have usurped as propaganda the Holocaust that occurred in neighbouring Croatia and Bosnia, but do not give an honest accounting of the Holocaust as it occurred in Serbia... Fully six months before the Nazi invasion of Yugoslavia, Serbia had issued legislation restricting Jewish participation in the economy and university enrolment... The Serbian government under General Milan Nedic worked closely with local Nazi officials in making Belgrade the first 'Judenfrei' [free of Jews] city of Europe. As late as 19 September 1943, Nedic made an official visit to Adolf Hitler, Serbs in Berlin advanced the idea that the Serbs were the 'Ubermenchen' (master race) of the Slavs."
When Dr. Ejup Ganic was arrested on phony Serbian charges in Britain, Sanela Catic posted a £300,000 bail. In her latest OP/ED for the Huffington Post, Sanela correctly observed that:
"The allegations [against Dr. Ejup Ganic] represent a broader campaign by ultra-nationalist groups within Serbia to excuse, explain and outright deny Bosnian genocide. Dr. Ganic's case wasted time and money and distracted from legitimate international efforts to bring true war criminals to justice - men like Ratko Mladic, the Serbian general who oversaw the systematic murder of more than 8,000 unarmed civilians at Srebrenica. Fifteen years later, he still remains free." ("Ejup Ganic Case Distracts World From Real War Crimes")
In the end, Dr. Ganic was acquitted of Serbian charges and his extradition to Serbia was blocked after British court ruled that proceedings against him were politically motivated.
"These proceedings are brought and are being used for political purposes and as such amount to an abuse of the process of this court," Judge Timothy Workman said in his judgement at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in London. "I have concluded that there is no valid justification for commencing proceedings against Dr. Ganic."
Judge Workman also criticized Serbia for engaging in political bargaining by offering to drop the prosecution of Dr. Ganic, if the current government of Bosnia-Herzegovina endorsed a resolution acknowledging the 1995 Srebrenica massacre by the Serbian parliament.
Read the full judgement here.