The Serbs Were Responsible For Destroying Bosnia Essay

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It could be argued that while the Serbs were responsible for destroying Bosnia, the exploitation of the Croats harmed their Bosnian allies just as much as it helped them, resulting in the further seizing of land and resources and the spreading of the war into areas it otherwise would have passed over. However, the Bosnian government would likely have fallen completely without their assistance, as the Serbs marauding in the region were equipped, funded, and supplemented by troops from the militarily superior nation of Serbia.
One of the final blows in Bosnia, and the one that finally spurred the international community into action, was the attack on Srebrenica. Throughout the course of the war, the UN had established six “safe zones” in Bosnia. Three of these had been evacuated and abandoned as the war zone expanded. Srebrenica was one of the remaining safe zones, and was almost exclusively populated by Bosniaks. But in July of 1995, Serbian soldiers, led by General Ratko Mladic, a man who had already established himself as a war criminal, descended on the town, which was defended by 300 Dutch peacekeeping soldiers. The town was swiftly captured without a shot fired in defense of the people. Over a thousand Bosniak civilians ran to the UN compound right outside the town, thinking the UN soldiers would shelter them. But when Serbian troops arrived at the compound, they demanded that the refugees be handed over. The Dutch troops opened the compound, laid down their weapons,…

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