This Time We Knew: Western Responses to Genocide in Bosnia / Edition 1

This Time We Knew: Western Responses to Genocide in Bosnia / Edition 1

by Nancy Foner, Stjepan Mestrovic
     
 

"We didn't know." For half a century, Western politicians and intellectuals have in this fashion explained away their inaction in the face of genocide in World War II. In stark contrast, Western observers today face a daily barrage of information and images from CNN, the Internet, and newspapers about the parties and individuals responsible for the Balkan War and… See more details below

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"We didn't know." For half a century, Western politicians and intellectuals have in this fashion explained away their inaction in the face of genocide in World War II. In stark contrast, Western observers today face a daily barrage of information and images from CNN, the Internet, and newspapers about the parties and individuals responsible for the Balkan War and crimes against humanity. The stories, often accompanied by video or pictures of rape, torture, mass graves, and ethnic cleansing, available almost instantaneously, do not allow even the most disinterested viewer to ignore the grim reality of genocide. And yet, while knowledge abounds, so do rationalizations for non-intervention in Balkan affairs - the threshold of "real" genocide had yet to be reached in Bosnia; all sides were equally guilty; Islamic fundamentalism in Bosnia is a threat to the West; it will only end when they all tire of killing each other - to name but a few. This Time We Knew punctures once and for all common excuses for Western inaction in the face of incontrovertible evidence of the most egregious crimes against humanity to occur in Europe since World War II.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814715352
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Pages:
422
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
2The Complicity of Serbian Intellectuals in Genocide in the 1990s39
3Bosnia: The Lessons of History?65
4No Pity for Sarajevo; The West's Serbianization; When the West Stands In for the Dead79
5Israel and the War in Bosnia90
6The Politics of Indifference at the United Nations and Genocide in Rwanda and Bosnia128
7The West Side Story of the Collapse of Yugoslavia and the Wars in Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina163
8Serbia's War Lobby: Diaspora Groups and Western Elites187
9Moral Relativism and Equidistance in British Attitudes to the War in the Former Yugoslavia244
10The Former Yugoslavia, the End of the Nuremberg Era, and the New Barbarism282
11War and Ethnic Identity in Eastern Europe: Does the Post-Yugoslav Crisis Portend Wider Chaos?304
12The Anti-Genocide Movement on American College Campuses: A Growing Response to the Balkan War313
13Western Responses to the Current Balkan War350
Appendix 1A Definition of Genocide359
Appendix 2Text of the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide360
Appendix 3Indictments by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia363
Contributors403
Index405

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