Examples Of Bosnian Genocide

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Cassie Niemeier
Bosnia List Paper

Anyone who says that history is black and white clearly slept through class. There is no simplicity to history. Most events in history are like a Jenga tower. Events stack on top of each other creating a less stable structure until it collapses in on itself, or war breaks out. The Bosnian genocide seems very simple on the surface. In fact, genocide is a rare simple thing in history, a group of people want to eliminate another group of people because the second group is perceived as a threat. The justification and the buildup is a bit more complicated. After all, people perceive each other as threats all the time, so why do we only have a few horrific instances of genocide? Is there one single block that
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The answer is yes. There is no simple answer in history. In America we destroyed Native Americans because we wanted the land, in Germany Hitler needed a unifier and saw the Jews and other undesirables as a unifying enemy, in Rwanda after years of “favoritism” during colonialism the minority Tutsi were destroyed by the majority Hutu. Bosnia is no different. All these cases had way more factors that played into their genocides, there is a long build up the culminates into death and destruction. In Bosnia there are four major factors that built up the tower. There is a long and bloody history between Christians and Muslims that goes back a thousand years. The area holds many ethnic groups in one area who each have long, distinct histories, which end up getting tangled up in the larger history of the area’s tendency to be dominated by outside forces. Failure to establish a true nation after World War 1 that took into account the actual citizens that made up the area is another contributing factor. But it is the death of the man who unifies his people despite their dividing pasts that finally causes the blocks to tumble. These four issues are long and complicated events themselves that entire novels have been written about. Anyone who …show more content…
We need only to look at our own country today to see this. In the United States, our modern hatred of Muslims stems from the 9/11 tragedies. But when bigots are confronted with the fact that 9/11 was orchestrated by a terrorist group similar to the Christian Ku Klux Klan they cite vague history and inaccurate Qur’an passages. Despite coming from the same area and believing in the same god, it’s no secret that Islam and Christianity are as different as apples and bananas. The extreme view of Christians is that Islam is a cult and the extreme view of Islam is that Christianity is heresy. It does little good to compare the views of moderate Christians and Muslims, but it is very important to note that this is the vast majority of Christians and Muslims living today. Hatred and fear is perpetuated by a very small minority of both groups. Around 732 CE Islam rose to prominence thanks to a power vacuum left by the Persian and Greek Empires. (OxfordRE 2) Following in the steps of every other western empire, non-Muslims paid a tax for protection and were permitted to continue practicing their religion in private. For a long period of time, known as Medieval Andalusia, the three Abrahamic religions lived in a peaceful relationship similar to a tenant and a land lord. (OxfordRE 4) However this peace comes to a grinding halt with the Crusades, which were pitched as “saving the holy land,” and “saving our Christian brethren from

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