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Srebrenica: An Event Every American Should Read About,
By A Customer
This review is from: Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica (Hardcover)
As a U.S. Army soldier with Operation Joint Guard in Bosnia-Herzegovina from March-October, 1997, my unit was responsible for patrolling the nearby town of Bratunac. We passed the deserted compound that had once been the UN Dutch basecamp and occasionally went into the town of Srebrenica itself. I never understood why we, as international peace-enforcers, were met with such distrust by its inhabitants. Why did it always seem that a dark cloud hung over the area? We had heard about what had happened there during the war, but not the details. These questions remained in the back of my mind until I read Rohde's masterpiece months after I rotated home to the United States.
Many people in this country do not understand what happened in the Balkans from 1991-95, nor do they understand why our soldiers are stationed there today. Read this book and come to know why.
You don't have to be a soldier to see the horror of what occurred in Srebrenica; you just have to be able to feel. The first-hand accounts of the atrocities committed are riveting and revolting. When you are finished, you will understand what it means to be in a fight with both hands tied behind your back. I have been to the sites where some of the Bosnians of Srebrenica were unceremoniously dumped after being brutally killed. I couldn't, at the time, see how it had been allowed to happen. Now I feel that I know the truth.
Rohde's work is a must-read for anyone studying the events of the Balkan Civil War and is absolute dynamite in the hands of anybody who would dispute that the events in Srebrenica occurred.