Not a soul will be dealt with unjustly in the least. And if there be (no more than) the weight of a mustard seed we will bring it (to account).
Accountability is a strong word… Or shall I say a huge responsibility. No wonder the Srebrenica murderers cannot admit to their atrocities. They don’t have the courage. They are nothing but cowards.
“It is wrong and immoral to seek to escape the consequences of one’s acts.” – Mahatma Gandhi
They raised their hand standing proud above a Bosniak, abusing him, calling him names, looking at him with disgust, who maybe was once his neighbour, colleague or student. No shame. The trigger pulled and the bullets shot out, ripping away the skin and cutting deep into the muscle and bone. It’s agony. But only for the Bosniak. For the Serb its nothing but a so called victory. Victory in killing off another ‘other’. The first step to genocide.(Click her for 10 Steps To Genocide) But sadly, his little understanding mistook the ‘other’. He could’ve been someone he might have asked for a favour, someone who was a class mate, someone who smiled at him whilst going to work, someone who still could have been a total stranger but still, was the same as him. A human. A human with feelings and emotions, with a great sense of humour and who probably shared the same values as him- his greatest possessions being his family and friends.
In the Quran it says “…whoever killed a person it shall be as if he had killed all mankind; and whoso gave life to one, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind…” – 5:33
The Serbs were nothing but an instrument of hate and violence, to carry out a mastermind plan to ethnically cleanse Bosnian Muslims. But why and for what, I ask the Serbs? Just to satisfy your plain ego and intolerance. To seek revenge for the Ottoman Empire who conquered Bosnia 400 years ago! Whom converted many Bosnians into Muslims?! If that is the case, I have bad news for you, you will be accountable for every pain and suffering you caused.
I watched an unsettling video of a Serbian ex soldier who admitted to the evil he had committed during the genocide. I thought he was very manipulative- on one hand he’s confessing his crimes and on the other, he is explaining what he and other soldiers did to Bosnian men and women in so much detail it was like he was indirectly glorifying it. There was clearly a lack of remorse.
In Srebrenica it was evident that there was a strong division between Bosnians and Serbs. The valley was quiet and depressing.
Nedzad told us that he hoped his children would grow up to learn about what happened in Srebrenica, the suffering his father, great uncle and great grandfather endured, so his children can build resilience, tolerance and to always stand up for what is right. He continued to explain how the schools are segregated in Srebrenica. Bosnian schools and Serbian schools. In Serbian schools the children are not taught about what happened on their land 20 years ago. They’re in complete denial. Not only Serbians, but the rest of Europe and the world are not educated enough about the worst atrocities committed on Europe’s land since World War Two. I urge schools and governors to add this vital piece of European history into the secondary curriculum alongside the Holocaust. As a British woman I am ashamed that this country didn’t help during the war. Education is the least we can do, so we can proudly say Never In My Lifetime. Thanks to Remembering Srebrenica they have been continuously sending people from across Britain to learn about the genocide, I would like to take the opportunity to celebrate the hard work Scotland have put together with the lessons they learnt by visiting Srebrenica.
Downloadable School Pack to educate people about the atrocities, they are implementing workshops within schools across Scotland.
The hope is that Serbians accept a genocide took place in 1995 at their hands and regret their actions, so those who were killed didn’t die in vain.
Not taking accountability is like rubbing salt on the wounds of those left alone with no family or loved one.
“They deny it was a genocide…” says a survivor with sadness.
Surely those who committed crimes against humanity will be accountable… And if not today or tomorrow Hatidza believes it will be on the day of judgement.
And you can be sure than on the judgement day everyone will have to give account of every useless word he has ever spoken. your words will be used to judge you – to declare you either innocent or guilty.