Genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo
As a criminal investigator, I choose to view the genocide that occurred in Bosnia -Herzegovina and Kosovo as plain ordinary murder, albeit murder on a massive scale and murder that has many different types of victims. In this paper I tried to outline some of the background of the country and its people attempting to show these events as a crime scene.
The purpose of this paper was to inform of the genocides that took place in the Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo countries by portraying the events in the form as a criminal investigators report.
I researched the events by reading various articles and papers. I found that in order to properly understand the events as a whole an outline of the countries history and the somewhat complex makeup of the people that inhabit it. I then took those events and put them in the correct order and included the periods of the genocides as they occurred to each country. Then I put the causes and effects which was the tremendous amount of prejudice and hate that must be present for these types of acts to take place. Repeatedly. Then I covered what happened. This included the reaction of the rest of the world. Subjects
Genocide is actually mass-murder.
The type of crime that you have when armed people kill the unarmed. All of the acts committed in these countries were criminal or outrageous. What would cause people to do these acts?
The history of the people involved.
Who these people are and their history.
What happened to make them so capable?
How little outside forces interfered initially.
Brief description of the crime scenes themselves.
The terrible acts are finally made public.
The US & NATO inadvertently help split the country into only two sides. The two sides sit down and both form a nation and agree to peace. Examines the apathy of the rest of the world.
The prosecution of the main 75 people.
The UN said everyone must be held accountable.
Apparatus (or Research Instruments/Tools)
Researched by locating articles and books online and then selecting cites from the publications selected. Procedures
I initially had difficulty locating enough books to be very helpful using a local library. Of course articles were not cataloged so I ended up using the internet to locate both. Once a book or publication was located that dealt with the subject material I was usually able to locate the contents using database searches or academic libraries. Results
I was expecting books to be the hardest to locate and research. I learned that academic sources were much better for research quality material. Discussion
The only real arguments that could be had would have to be the factors necessary to enable the behavior researched. Some people are convinced that the lines between war and oppression are small. I agree to some degree however, a close examination shows that there is no such thing as plausible deniability. If you kill people in this manner it is murder. There is no excuse for killing unarmed people and for treating other humans so cruelly. Hate is certainly something we can all relate to but it is not an excuse for prejudice. I always say that prejudice is the inability to think for yourself. So many prejudiced people grew up listening to other people opinions. And, no matter who these people are there is no argument for simply adopting hatred for others simply because other do so. Appendices
1. “In many ways, Bosnia and Herzegovina was in an impossible and untenable position as soon as the rest of Yugoslavia broke apart. All three ethnically based parties behaved as if they believed that they were locked in a struggle for survival.” 2.” In response to the atrocities committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and to assist post-war reconciliation, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) was set up in The Hague to try perpetrators of war crimes, including...
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