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SREBRENICA GENOCIDE DENIAL & REVISIONISM: SHORT DEFINITION

February 9, 2006

SREBRENICA GENOCIDE DENIAL AND REVISIONISM: SHORT DEFINITION

Srebrenica Genocide denial, also called Srebrenica Genocide revisionism, is the belief that the Srebrenica genocide did not occur, or, more specifically: that far fewer than around 8,100 Srebrenica Bosniaks were killed by the Bosnian Serb Army (numbers below 5,000, most often around 2,000 are typically cited); that there never was a centrally-planned Bosnian Serb Army’s attempt to exterminate the Bosniaks of Srebrenica; and/or that there were no mass killings at the extermination sites.

Those who hold this position often further claim that Bosniaks and/or Western media know that the Srebrenica genocide never occurred, yet that they are engaged in a massive conspiracy to maintain the illusion of a Srebrenica Genocide to further their political agenda. These views are not accepted as credible by objective historians.

Srebrenica genocide deniers almost always prefer to be called Srebrenica Genocide revisionists. Most scholars contend that the latter term is misleading. Historical revisionism is a well-accepted part of the study of history; it is the reexamination of historical facts, with an eye towards updating histories with newly discovered, more accurate, or less biased information. The implication is that history as it has been traditionally told may not be entirely accurate. The term historical revisionism has a second meaning, the illegitimate manipulation of history for political purposes. For example, Srebrenica Genocide deniers (or Srebrenica Genocide revisionists as they like to be called) typically willfully misuse or ignore historical records in order to attempt to prove their conclusions.

While historical revisionism is the re-examination of accepted history, with an eye towards updating it with newly discovered, more accurate, and less-biased information, Srebrenica Genocide deniers/revisionists have been using it to seek evidence in support of their own preconceived theory, omitting substantial facts.

Most Srebrenica Genocide deniers reject the term Genocide and insist that they do not deny the Srebrenica Massacre, prefering to be called “revisionists”. They are nevertheless commonly labeled as Srebrenica Genocide deniers to differentiate them from historical revisionists and because their goal is to deny the existance of the Srebrenica Genocide, by omitting substantial facts, rather than honestly using historical evidence and methodology to examine the event.

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  1. Marko Attila Hoare
    February 11, 2006 at 8:33 am

    Thanks, Daniel, for your kind words about me on Bill Weinberg’s blog. I think Bill’s heart is in the right place, but he’s a bit of a sectarian…

  2. Srebrenica Massacre
    February 12, 2006 at 6:31 am

    Anytime Dr. Hoare, anytime. Thank you for reading my blog. Please continue to do so in the future. I did publish some of your articles here, hope you don’t mind. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for courageously continuing to fight genocide denial.

  3. Anonymous
    February 12, 2006 at 6:49 am

    At Daniel’s invitation, I am replying here. I belong to no “sect.” World War 4 Report’s mission statement says: “We are fastidiously non-sectarian. Our only loyalty is to the truth.” I challenge Dr. Hoare to identify the sect he believes I am affiliated with.

    http://www.ww4report.com/mission

  4. Srebrenica Massacre
    February 12, 2006 at 10:00 pm

    Hi Bill, thank you for coming. It is great to see two people, who courageously fight against genocide denial, leave their comments on my blog.

  5. Anonymous
    February 16, 2006 at 2:31 am

    It’s hard to read that there’s people out there who think that way especially because I am from srebrenica and I was in Potocari while the whole thing took place….what a shame…I am really stunned

  6. Anonymous
    February 18, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    Bush goes ballistic about other countries being evil and dangerous, because they have weapons of mass destruction. But, he insists on building up even a more deadly supply of nuclear arms right here in the US. What do you think? What is he doing to us, and what is he doing to the world?
    If ever there was ever a time in our nation’s history that called for a change, this is it!
    We have lost friends and influenced no one. No wonder most of the world thinks we suck. Thanks to what george bush has done to our country during the past three years, we do!

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