There are all kinds of us journalists, but there are really few who are afraid of the facts that characterize the work of my colleague Safeta Biševac, especially when it comes to the relationship with the Serbian people and the state.
NUMBER OF Serbs killed in Sarajevo 1992-1993. it has not been definitively determined, it is believed that there were about thirty of them. Some say about a hundred – Safeta Biševac, a colleague from the daily “Danas”, allowed herself to write in the column “Kazani i mural”. I don’t know why she chose only that period, and not the whole war that lasted until 1995, but I know that the figure she states is certainly not correct. According to official data from SIPA, the BiH state police agency run by the BiH Ministry of Security, 2,600 Serbs were killed during the war in Sarajevo. According to the data of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republika Srpska, 3,300, and according to the report of the Independent International Commission for the Investigation of the Suffering of Serbs in Sarajevo, about 3,000. So, about a hundred times more than Safet’s “believe” or thirty times more than “some say”. At the same time, the choice of words is very interesting. She did not write about thirty, or about a hundred, but “thirty” and “a hundred,” which has the connotation of diminution, as if it were nothing.
MAYBE, my colleague Biševac thought of the number of Serbs killed at the Kazana pit in Sarajevo, since her text refers to the erection of a monument on that Serbian execution site. And in that case, “thirty” and “hundreds” sound like it’s nothing, just as in that case she closed her eyes to the facts. According to the Center for Humanitarian Law of the University of Nottingham, which refers to the testimonies of criminals, more than 200 Serbs were killed and 40 Serb women were raped. Whichever of these two (think of the whole of Sarajevo, or just Kazan) is a mess inadmissible for a journalist with decades of experience, but when it comes to Safeta Biševac, we are already well accustomed to this type of rubbish. He forgets to mention that Kazan was never fully investigated, nor were all the victims exhumed, because that was stopped by the authorities in Sarajevo. But that’s not the end.
Members of the 10th Mountain Brigade of the so-called Army of BiH under the command of Musan Topalovic Caca are responsible for the crimes against Serbs in Kazan. “Topalović’s crimes were quickly heard, his arrest was ordered and he was killed in an attempt to bring him to Sarajevo in October 1993,” writes Safeta Biševac. This is not true either, since Topalović was arrested alive, although he and his comrades-in-arms (or accomplices) offered fierce resistance and killed a total of 17 people, nine of whom were police officers. Topalovic surrendered after receiving guarantees from Alija Izetbegovic that he would not be killed. Famous for keeping his word and standing behind his signature, Izetbegović remained consistent with himself this time as well – according to the official version, Topalović was killed while trying to escape. Munir Alibabic aka Munja, during the war the head of the Muslim security service in Sarajevo, and then an expert consultant Carla del Ponte, said that Caco was eliminated not because he was a commander who got out of control and committed horrible crimes, but because he became political danger for Alija Izetbegović and his inner circle because he knew too much and could accuse them of complicity in crimes.
Ms. Biševac CONTINUES: “For crimes in Kazan, 14 soldiers of the BiH Army were sentenced to 10 months to six years in prison” and emphasizes the virtue of Izetbegović’s government, which “did not wait for any Hague” to deal with Cac and his people. How much the reasons for that confrontation are really crimes can be seen from the above-mentioned testimony of Izetbegović’s informant Munja, but also the fact that those 14 soldiers were not convicted of war crimes and that they were released from prison almost immediately, after only a few months. She forgot that detail.
BUT why is Safeta Biševac now writing about Kazani? To put the erection of a monument to the victims in that place in contrast to the mural of Ratko Mladic in Njegoseva Street and the events that followed it in the past days. In short, the Sarajevo authorities are wonderful, because they erected such a monument, in the presence of Christian Schmidt, whom she represents as a “high representative of the international community” (although he simply does not have that function, which was clearly shown during the last UN Security Council session). Vice President of the Federation of BiH Milan Dunović and Mayor of Sarajevo Benjamina Karić. On the other hand, as it is written, “a different monument to the wars of the 1990s was erected in Belgrade several months ago.” “Without any official decision, but with the strong support and defense of the state. Mural to war criminal Ratko Mladic, commander of the Bosnian Serb army, sentenced to life in prison for war crimes in BiH and genocide in Srebrenica,” he added.
We do NOT want to get into the mural story now. Because of space. We will return to the “wonderful” monument in Kazani. “It would be said that it is human and normal for Sarajevo to remember its killed fellow citizens and that everyone should welcome the unveiling of the memorial plaque, but the families of the victims are not satisfied. They claim that the memorial plaque is shameful and that it should be clearly written who they are. “They were murderers, and which nations were victims. They also asked for a cross, which seems silly to me, since at least one of them was certainly not a Christian,” she writes. What nonsense, to look for a cross and to know who is who! Serbs want bread over bread. And be careful, she accepts Karić’s explanation why it is not specified who are the executioners and who are the victims: “Court verdicts have proven how and who killed 10 victims of Kazan, for the others it has not been determined yet.” Aha! And is it known exactly who killed whom during the “genocide” in Srebrenica, or was it the army of “Bosnian Serbs”, as Biševac says? There is more, but there is no more room.
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