The “Srebrenica Massacre” Turns 20 Years Old

[As the twentieth anniversary of Srebrenica was approaching, we recalled that 2015 is also the tenth anniversary of the remarkable, pioneering analysis of Srebrenica events in July 1995 contained in the 2005 Report by the Srebrenica Research Group. We asked members of the SRG to take a second look, ten years later, to see if any new evidence has emerged that corroborates or refutes their previous conclusions. Prof. Edward Herman and David Peterson kindly agreed to undertake that task and the result is the Updated Report, “The ‘Srebrenica Massacre’ Turns 20 Years Old”. It is our pleasure to share it with readers.]

06/07/2015   Srebrenica Historical Project recommends to your attention the attached informative fact sheet about Srebrenica edited by Aleksandar Pavic and Stephen Karganovic. For the moment the fact sheet is available in English, Serbian, and Chinese but translations into other languages are in the works. We ask you to read the attached fact sheet in English and send it on to anybody on your list who might be interested in learning more about Srebrenica.   Media organizations and internet portals may distribute, use, and reproduce (with attribution) this material freely. We encourage you to post the fact sheet on your Facebook page and other social networks that you may be using. …

The past year has been challenging but it was also successful for “Srebrenica Historical Project”. That does not mean that we have moved mountains or reversed the widespread perception of what happened in Srebrenica. What it does mean is that we have made significant progress and that the Srebrenica lobby has been on  the defensive more than it has ever been before.

Our recent remarks concerning the credibility of some of the key evidentiary claims upon which the Srebrenica narrative is based [“Karl Popper Looks at Srebrenica,” 14 December 2011] have elicited lively commentary, and not just in the arcane field of philosophy of science. One reader in particular has taken the trouble to research what space-based photographic surveillance technology can and cannot do and, more importantly, what quality images it is capable of producing.

We owe to Karl Popper the invaluable insight that for a hypothesis, proposition, or theory to be considered potentially true it must be falsifiable, or refutable. To be refuted, something must first be tested. It must be possible to produce a reproducible result that is in conflict with a claim, or that claim might as well be disregarded.

Everyone involved in Srebrenica research is aware of the NIOD Report which was published in 2002 by the Nederlands Instituut voor Oorlogsdocumentatie [Netherlands Institute for War Documentation,] in 2002. The Report, which focuses on the tragic events in Srebrenica in July of 1995 is universally regarded as a first rate research and documentation tool. It has been relied on by historians, commentators, and legal experts.

Much has happened on the Srebrenica front since our last reflexion of this nature about a year and a half ago. The time has come to assess these developments before moving on.

Nova Kasaba
Exhumations took place in September of 1999. With respect to the distribution of injuries, the human remains in Nova Kasaba exhibit a somewhat different picture. Here, the number of injuries caused by bullets and those that were caused by metal fragments of various kinds are about equal. Also notable is the number of whole bodies without any injuries or tissue damage, as a result of which no cause of death was determined. Cause of death also was not determined for the two incomplete bodies at this locality. There were no bodies with ligatures and/or blindfolds in this mass grave.

Pilica Branjevo Farm
This mass grave was exhumed in October of 1996. Pilica—Branjevo farm is notable for the number of bodies with blindfolds and/or ligatures. They number 70, or 51 % of the total number of cases examined here. The remainder are mainly body fragments or incomplete bodies. With regard to incomplete bodies from this mass grave, it may be noted from the graph that alongside some of the incomplete bodies, in addition to a bullet, various metal fragments were found as well, while another portion had only bullet-related injuries, and the rest did not exhibit any injuries at all so that no cause of death could be determined. Of the 15 cases where only a small body fragment or a few bones were involved, …

As reflected in the graphs, this mass grave is characterised  by a high percentage of bodies with blindfolds and/or ligatures. There are 67 such bodies, or 59,8 % of the total. The remaining bodies contain mainly bullet injuries to the upper or lower extremities. These exhumations were conducted in September of 1996.

The Bosnian Moslem community in Sweden has collected over 1,000 signatures on a petition to Swedish State Television to desist from broadcasting Norwegian filmmakers Ola Flium’s and David Hebditch’s documentary “Sarajevo Ricochet.” The film follows the authors’ other controversial documentary, “Srebrenica: A City Betrayed,” which also challenges stereotype preconceptions about the Bosnian war and has been denounced vigorously by the Bosnian Moslems in Norway.

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