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Srebrenica - total failure of Europe

The systematic expulsion and murder of people with Muslim names in Bosnia-Herzegovina began back in 1992 and was the result of years of organized, media-controlled hostility towards Muslims by right-wing extremists who had come to power. The genocide in Srebrenica three years later was foreseeable, but it was not prevented: a total failure of Europe and the world community.

25 years later it is appropriate to anchor the events in the pan-European consciousness, precisely because anti-Muslim hatred is now widespread in the conservative mainstream. The mass violence around Srebrenica in 1995 shows where a hate campaign can lead - namely to extermination. That is not specific to the Balkans. Group-based misanthropy, be it because of skin color or name, is everywhere - in the USA, see George Floyd, or in Weikendorf in Lower Austria, where the mayor did not want a Muslim family to buy a house.

Relation to current terror

Incidentally, extreme right-wing attackers in recent years referred to the hunt for Muslims in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the 1990s. The Christchurch assassin Brenton Tarrant backed the live broadcast of his attack with a war song glorifying the felon Radovan Karadžić, who is politically responsible for the genocide in Srebrenica. The mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik also revered right-wing Serb paramilitaries and portrayed Bosnia-Herzegovina as an untenable, unnatural society because it is multicultural.

Populist, anti-minority nationalism is still, or has already been restored, a power resource in some states in the EU. The Austrians, on the other hand, should be aware of the diversity in the history of their state and appreciate it.

After the end of the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires, nationalists in Central and Southeastern Europe tried to level out this post-imperial ethnic and religious heterogeneity. It was then that the mania for homogenization began, which continues to have an effect on the idea of ​​"ethnically pure" states. As "post-imperial subjects", Muslims were also the target of nationalist violence during World War II. According to the Southeast European historian Oliver Jens Schmitt, the Chetniks killed around 100,000 Muslims in eastern Bosnia in 1942.

Austria has a special responsibility

In Austria there is a special responsibility to raise awareness about this history of European Muslims and to fight racism, because Bosnia-Herzegovina was part of Austria-Hungary for 40 years and because many Bosnians took refuge in Austria during the war from 1992 to 1995 took the murderous racist in their country.

There is no reconciliation as long as there is no recognition of these facts. That is why we must not allow the crimes in the Bosnian war to continue to be denied or played down. Nationalists in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia have so far prevented a law that would criminalize denial. Instead, war criminals are glorified. Therefore, at least the EU states should advocate a denial law - analogous to the prohibition law - and confront the local political actors because of their racism. We owe that to the victims of Srebrenica. (Adelheid Wölfl, July 12th, 2020)