As a new mass grave was found of Bosnian Muslims who were murdered at the hands of Serbs, I’m struck as to how differently the media covers this and other atrocities committed by Europeans without attaching their religion to their acts of savagery and genocide, unless they are European Muslims.
Everytime Muslims commit such acts, Islam is attached to the heinous acts, even when the majority of Islamic scholars and mainstream Muslims state that their actions have nothing to do with religion. The acts are crimes.
So for instance, Serb fighters were actually blessed by Orthodox clergy before committing rape and ethnic cleansing of Muslims. However, the Serbian criminals were not called Christian terrorists in the media, nor do government officials refer to them as such today. Some of the Serbian fighters saw themselves as post-modern crusaders. Of course, this will be “white-washed” out of the history books.
I’m not saying that I wish to see terrorists dubbed as “Christo-fascists”, “Jewish terrorists”, or “Hindu extremists”. I don’t. Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism have nothing to do with terrorism.
My point is that if we aren’t going to label all extremists by their religions then extremists who are Muslims shouldn’t be labeled as such either.
New mass grave found in Bosnia
A new mass grave believed to contain dozens of victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre has been discovered in eastern Bosnia, an official said.
The new grave measuring at least 10 by three metres was discovered at Kamenica village, near the town of Zvornik, said Murat Hurtic of Bosnia’s Missing Persons Commission.
“The remains of around 10 people appeared on the surface as we removed the first layer of soil [and] at least several dozen remains” were expected to be uncovered in total, he said.
The exhumation work was expected to continue for two weeks.
Serb forces overran the then UN-protected Muslim enclave Srebrenica in the final phase of Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war, summarily killing some 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Europe’s single worst atrocity since World War II.
The victims were initially buried in a dozen mass graves. But after the release of satellite pictures showing large portions of freshly disturbed ground, Serbs moved them to other locations in order to cover up the crimes.
The body parts were separated during reburial using bulldozers, and forensic experts sometimes found parts of a single person buried in three different so-called secondary graves.
“It is the 10th so-called secondary grave found in Kamenica”, said Amor Masovic, the head of the commission.
Soil probes showed there were at least three other graves in the village, he said, adding that they would probably be exhumed later this year.
The remains of thousands of the victims have been exhumed from about 70 mass graves around the ill-fated town, with more than 5,600 people identified by DNA analysis.
Wartime Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, indicted by a UN war crimes court for genocide and crimes against humanity for atrocities including the Srebrenica massacre, was arrested in the Serbian capital Belgrade last month after being on the run for more than decade.(MORE)