23 February 2012
According to congresswomen Allyson Schwartz, "The 20th century taught us how far unbridled evil can and will go when the world fails to confront it. It is time that we heed the lessons of the 20th century and stand up to these murderers. It is time that we end genocide in the 21st century." The world was confronted with a disastrous destruction when six million Jews were shamefully persecuted under the cruel leadership of Adolf Hitler and his inhumane decisions. The cry for help from various targeted groups was ignored, and resulted in a tragedy never before seen by the world. Thousands of regrets were made, and millions of questions were asked by those who had committed almost as big as a crime as the Germans during this genocide; disregard and negligence; all eventually promised to never let such disasters occur again. Just half a century later, the citizens of Bosnia, still able to reflect on the previous European catastrophe, had a similar occurrence resulting in the deaths of many innocent people; and once again showing the world yet another devastation that must never occur again. The Bosnian Genocide is a historical landmark dealing with multiple causes and effects, which are still consequential to many lives today. The conflict began as an ordeal in the disintegration of Yugoslavia. (Ridgeway 1) Calls for secession and threats of war led to the collapse of the state and horrific fighting, an unfolding agony unseen in Europe for several decades. The situation started long before the actual genocide began in 1992; with the struggle of many ethnic and religious groups. A deep hatred was formed from all the diversity, mostly by Serbian loyalists for discriminating against the Croats during World War II, generations ago. The continuous fighting eventually brought this conflict from Slovenia and Croatia, and eventually into Bosnia-Hercegovina. (Lifschultz 7) The Serbian “ethnic...