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An interesting book to read but still biased
on 29 July 2004
Slavenka Drakulic has written a well constructed and interesting book. However, she only reserves two chapters on Croat war criminals (and both chapters cover the same crimes and war criminals) and the rest of the book is devoted to analysing and discussing Serbian war criminals.
She states in the introduction that it is a "coincidence" that there are no Bosnian Muslim case studies in her book but I believe that she deliberately left them out. Drakulic herself is a Croat and no doubt is quite biased (and understandably so) concerning the last Balkan war.
Concerning Srebrenica, there is a point in the book where she comes up with the figure of 7,445 Muslim men executed at the hands of the Bosnian Serbs. However, until today, just under 5,000 bodies have been discovered in mass graves around the Srebrenica area, and many of them have not been identified.
Leading up to the Srebrenica massacre, there were many clashes between Muslims and Serbs in the area, and many Serb civilians were also murdered, so there is no way to know whether these bodies were, in fact, all Muslims. I just wonder where she got such a precise figure from, particularly since near the start of the book, she estimates that over 7,000 Muslim men were executed. There is a big difference between an estimate and a precise figure.