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Srebrenica, A Town Betrayed

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Written by Zeljko Tomic, Sokolac, Republic of Srpska

A Town Betrayed is a 2010 Norwegian documentary about the prelude of the fall of Srebrenica, written and directed by journalists Ola Flyum and David Hebditch and produced by Fenris Films, NRK, among others. It was shown on NRK's Brennpunkt on 26 April 2011 and SVT on 28 August 2011. Almost all the participants in this documentary are Bosnian Muslims. The author of this article is a Bosnian Serb, born and raised in the surrounding area of Srebrenica.

A Town Betrayed is the only unbiased documentary made about fall of Srebrenica, since this unfortunate event happened in 1995.

When the end of the war was just a few months away, this small, isolated town, payed a high price, with casualties about 2000 man and a few women, in order to satisfy someones political goals.

A few days before the crime happened, the 40 commanded officers of the Muslim Army and their families (including Naser Oric, the commander in chief) were transported by UNPROFOR helicopters to Tuzla. The citizens of Srebrenica were told they went to the Bosnian Army controlled territory in order to attend a military training. However, it turned out they were "relocated" cover up the crime which was about to happen. They knew too much, so it would be a disaster if they start talking after they fall into Serbian captivity. Those highly ranked officers left behind themselves a "beheaded" population of poor, uneducated peasants, miners and factory workers, who didn't really know how to defend their town.

Ten days later, 400 Serbian soldiers entered Srebrenica and occupied the town packed with about 20. 000 residents and refugees.

In order to have a complete picture of the circumstances, which preceded to this event, it should be mentioned that, during the 40 months since the war started the Srebrenica region, the two armies were involved into uncompromising fight, which resulted in a bloodshed on both sides. Bosnian Serbs, inferior in head count in the war, didn't have enough resources to protect Serbian population inhabiting surrounding area of the Srebrenica enclave. The Muslim lords of war took advantage of that, so they raided Serbian villages, killing mostly older people who didn't want to evacuate. Many women and children became victims of the raids as well.

Ironically, in several occasions Serbian soldiers were the only members of their families who stayed alive. While being in the tranches, protecting the front lines, Muslims sabotage units slaughtered Serbian villages deeply behind the enemy lines.

On the day when Srebrenica had fallen, some of the soldiers who lost their entire families, marched into the town along with the Serbian Army. They were blood thirsty to satisfy the devils in their heads. They desperately wanted to revenge their families. This is one of the reasons why the killing began in the first place.

The Bosnian war was very bloody and vicious in many ways, especially in the Srebrenica region. Each killing on one side, provoked the other party to implement the law of retaliation, well known in Bosnia as "An eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth" principle.

It was estimated approximately 1200 men were executed after fall of Srebrenica. Over 5500, mostly armed, men tried to breakthrough Serbian controlled territory. However, the 30 kilometres of hostile environment, wasn't an easy task to execute. For the Serbian Army, they were a military target. Several weeks later, when everything was over, at least 800 Muslim soldiers were dead as a result of fighting or shelling.

The name of the documentary, "A Town Betrayed" was chosen very well. The people of Srebrenica were betrayed by their President, Alija Izetbegovic, who made an agreement with Serbian President Radovan Karadzic to exchange the Srebrenica Enclave for a prosperous part of Sarajevo, controlled by the Army of Republic Srpska. Both political parties knew that peaceful exchange of territories would be unfavourable by the local population. As a result of that, such decision could cost Alija Izetbegovic his political career.

Eternal glory to all those who perished innocent in Bosnian war. May the peace last forever!

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