In Spite of Hatred

Happy Statehood Day – Bosnia and Herzegovina!

Eyes of the Mind

I would like to be able to mark Bosnian Statehood Day (Dan Državnosti) with a cheery report about how Bosnia and Hercegovina (BiH) has bounced back after the war and that ethnic cleansing is a distant memory.  However, that’s not true.  As I write, corpses continue to be exhumed from a mass grave that may prove to be the largest from the Bosnian conflict, and genocide denial is widespread.  The country is divided into two, and little has changed since 1994 when Dževad Karahasan wrote:

“All our efforts to explain… are futile, simply because the issue is not the lack of understanding or inadequate information but a deliberately false naming of things.  No serious person can really believe that we are truly dealing with a civil war here, or that the forced impregnation of a woman is the same thing as rape, as awful as that crime is.  Western politicians…

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