Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Remember the name 'Srebrenica'?

I had read bits of the history, which demonstrated(again) what a useless pile of shit it is to depend on UN 'peacekeepers'(even when they're not pushing children and women into prostitution rings); I hadn't realized quite what a bunch of useless bastards so many of them are:
Any chance for resistance was lost when Holland’s defense minister phoned the U.N. chief in Bosnia to protest the thought of using NATO air power to deter the Serbs.(note: this was while Dutch troops were under threat) The Dutch troops had also stripped the usual complement of TOW missiles from their armored personnel carriers before deploying, in deference to U.N. policy to avoid “provocation.” And according to at least one eyewitness, Dutch troops pushed the displaced Muslim civilians outside the gates of the United Nations military encampment as the Serbs arrived. Dutch troops watched as Serb soldiers loaded Srebrenica’s women and very young children onto buses for transport back to Muslim territory. And they watched as Bosnian Muslim men and boys were separated and taken off in trucks as captive prisoners of war. Or so we thought.
For their crimes, Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and Serb military commander Ratko Mladic were indicted in the U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague(speaking of useless bastards). The peace accord negotiated in Dayton, Ohio in 1995 brought an uneasy end to the fighting in Bosnia, but the ultimate author of ethnic strife in Yugoslavia, federation president Slobodan Milosevic, was allowed to play a starring role at the peace conference in exchange for calling a halt to the war he started. And even then, the NATO forces that enforced the Dayton peace claimed to have no obligation under the Fourth Geneva Convention to search for war crimes suspects, for fear this would unsettle the locals. There were even reports that some NATO forces chose to inform the Serb authorities of their movements in the wreckage of Bosnian territory to allow the wanted men to stay out of plain sight.
Let us not forget, either, that one reason there weren't enough troops to actually accomplish much(as if the EU-to-be and UN would have allowed that) is that the Europeans didn't want the expense or difficulty of dealing with it, they wanted US to do it for them. There was a cartoon at the time from, as I recall, a Brit or German cartoonist disgusted with the mess showing some guy reading the paper about some current massacre and saying "This is terrible! Why don't the Americans do something?"

Lesson from history: if your national leaders invite the UN in to take care of things and save you, get all the weapons and ammo and supplies you can, because you're going to need them.

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