Lack of Involvement: The Role of the United States in the Bosnian War

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What is truth? Does truth lie in the actual stories of people that experienced the atrocities of war? Or does it lie in the teachers and textbooks students are handed all around the world? Controversial historical occurrences, mainly wars, often have tens if not hundreds of different stories and sides to them. One country claims it was a civil war, while another states it was genocide. In the curriculum for history in the United States, our country is often idealized. Criticisms of the United States or talk of what the United States could have done are sparse or essentially non-existent. Samantha Power, the author of “A Problem from Hell” addresses the unspoken issues of the United States lack of involvement in genocides all around the …show more content…
Although 99% of voters chose to succeed from Yugoslavia, the two Serbian members of the presidency and most of the Serbian population in Bosnia boycotted the vote (Power 248). With the support of Milosevic, the Serbian nationalists and the presidency declared their own independent Bosnian Serbian state within the borders of the old Bosnia. The Yugoslavian National Army, dominated by Serbs, joined forces with the Bosnian Serb forces to create one huge super-force of 80,000 Serbian troops (Power 249). In 1991, the United Nations imposed an arms embargo to the region for the Serbs and Croats who were still in favor of a multiethnic Bosnia, while the Serbians began an undertaking of creating an “ethnically homogenous state” (Power 249). In April 1992, The United States and EC granted legitimate diplomatic recognition to the newly independent state of Bosnia in hopes of stabilizing it (Power 249). This however, did nothing to stop the Bosnian Serb troops to begin rounding up non-Serb intellectuals, musicians, and professionals and executing them. Cultural and religious sites on non-Serbs were destroyed and the Olympic city of Sarajevo was bombed into oblivion. This whole process began the “ethnic cleansing”, or “the elimination of an ethnic group from territory controlled by another ethnic group”, of the non-Serbs (Power 250). Getting rid of intellectuals, musicians, and professionals was the first steps of destroying the culture of the non-Serbs. The culture

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