Reflection: The Bee’s March 1 article on Bosnian crimes.
The Immigration Customs Enforcement historian, Michael McQueen, links Yugoslavia’s 1990 wartime atrocities to some Bosnian immigrants in the United States. Kathleen O’Connor, a human rights prosecutor at the Justice Department writes, “Justice can be served in the U.S. despite the fact that many years have gone by and that the conduct occurred overseas.”
Almost 200 Bosnian suspects may have played a part in the genocide at Srebrenica, where Bosnian Serb forces executed some 8,000 unarmed Muslim boys and men. It matters not who, when, or where, criminals and crimes committed must be prosecuted and brought to justice, just like the Nazi suspects were after World War II.
California Department of Education mandates secondary schools to teach world genocides including the Armenian Genocide of 2 million by Turks in 1915. The worldwide documented genocide to date is denied by Turks, and the U.S. doesn’t call it genocide to please Turkey.
How does one explain to our students the double standards and make-shift values in the U.S., where the pledge of allegiance ends with “justice for all”?
In 1995, 8,000 slain Muslims is genocide.
In 1915, 2 million slain Armenians, plus dispossession of historic homeland is not genocide.
Where is pride, respect and justice?