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komos From: komos Date: May 12th, 2005 11:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've taken some time to review the materials, and I'm still not convinced that you've made your case.

The first story Kosovo Assault Was Not A Genocide [BBC] discusses the case of Miroslav Vuckovic who was indicted for, amongst other things, acts of genocide in 1998-9. The article indicates that the court did find against the defendant for charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, but the aggression against Kosovo in 1998-9 "...committed by Milosevic's regime cannot be qualified as criminal acts of genocide, since their purpose was not the destruction of the Albanian ethnic group... but its forceful departure from Kosovo." On its face, it looks damning, right?

This is the first article cited, and as such should probably present a rock solid case that the the charges of genocide during the Balkan conflict were categorically false. Instead, it presents a finding that is limited to a single campaign, and presents a decision that was contested.

Moreover, it does not take into account that the majority of cases being heard by the UN War Crimes Tribunal related to the Balkan conflict remain unresolved, nor does it take into account that there actually has been a conviction of genocide by that body for attrocities committed in 1995, as well as a plea bargain that likely mitigated genocide charges against the defendant.

It also overlooks the small fact that a final judgement on Milosovic's indictments (which include two counts of genocide and numerous human rights violations including, but not limited to, "extermination") has yet to be rendered.

In other words, the jury is still out.

The other citations are either similarly inconclusive, and supportive of the presence of, at the very least, widespread attrocities during the Balkan conflict, else they are heavily biased op-ed pieces.

Again, do I think that the presence of attrocities was the sole reason for the conflict? No, but then I'm just as unlikely to be convinced that NATO took action solely to open an eastern European market to western corporations. Both answers are too simple, and really don't address the full reality of the issue.
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