REMEMBERING CONCENTRATION CAMPS IN BOSNIA
Pat spoke to British Journalist Eddie Vulliamy this morning about his time in the Balkans in the early 90's.
Mr. Vulliamy witnessed the first Serbian concentration camps and encountered the menacing Serbian military on the move into Bosnia.
He spoke to Pat about his subsequent meetings with people who survived the death camps - which are detailed in his new book, The War is Dead, Long Live the War - Bosnia 20 Years On.
It's quite hard to believe that such horrors on such a scale could have occured in Europe ("so close to Venice", as one Serbian Militray man mocked) a mere 20 years ago.
Reflection on the atrocities of the Balkan Wars, should give pause for thought to those criticising current spending on our defense forces and the likelihood of Ireland "going to war". It begs the question, is an EU Rapid Reaction Force such a bad idea?
We know that there's no point in having a UN military that cannot act. We saw the humiliation and helplessness of the Dutch Battalion under the UN, supposed to be operating a protectorate in Srebrenica, who were effectively expelled by the Serbs under Ratko Mladic before some 10,000 men and boys were slaughtered in the following days.
Dutch colonel Thom Karremans (third from left) forced to apologise to Mladic for briefly opening fire on his invasion forces.
You can listen back to the interview here:
Some other interesting articles here:
Bosnia's victims 20 years on: survivors of a nightmare with no reckoning | World news | The Observer