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Greece and the Srebrenica Massacre

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Russia sent mercenaries to kill dissidents in Spanish Republican territory. In Bosnia and later in Kosovo, Russia called on homicidal elements in the political culture of the Orthodox Christian nations to join the aggression commandeered by Serbia. Romania, where I smiled in the sun and laughed in the night while people were killed at Srebrenica, contributed fascist volunteers to the "Orthodox crusade."

But aside from Serbian terrorists, a special role was played at Srebrenica by Greeks.

I heard rumors about this when Srebrenica occurred. Later, when I worked in Kosovo, I was contacted by a heroic Greek journalist, Takis Michas, who risked the wrath of Athens, where the communists are fascists (that includes you, Varoufakis -- IMHO), by exposing Greek complicity at Srebrenica.

Under Greek rule, Michas was as much endangered as Khashoggi. Journalists are the antifascist canaries in the coal mine of modern life.

But Michas persisted, documenting the Greek role in the rise of Serbian fascism after the 1980s. In his volume Unholy Alliance, he wrote, "Formed in March, 1995, at the request of Gen. Ratko Mladic, the 'Greek Volunteer Guard' -- sporting as its insignia a white double-headed eagle on a black background--quickly became a regular fighting unit. Four of its members were decorated with the medal of the 'White Eagle' by Radovan Karadzic in September, 1995. A total of one hundred Greeks fought with the Serbs, and their main camp was in Vlasenica near Tuzla. According to spokesman George Mouratidis, the force was fully integrated into the Army of the Republika Srpska and led by Serb officers."

Shoddy dictionaries define fascism as nationalistic, but fascism is as international as any other doctrine. The enemies of human liberty, and even of mere decency, are very many.

But so are those who defend human liberty and decency. One difference; after Srebrenica, U.S. president Bill Clinton acted to stop the Serbian carnage in Bosnia.

Must it be said? Trump will (I predict) take no action against Saudi Arabia.

Bosnia had millions of Muslims worldwide, as well as Christians and Jews of goodwill, on its side. Serbia had a horde of Greek, Russian, Romanian, and other criminals to fill the demoralized ranks of its fake army.

Who stands with the Saudi people? The same millions, but now seemingly powerless. Who stands with Mr. Bone Saw? ExxonMobil and Trump. Thank God Bosnia had little oil.

Guess where this bus is headed. The Dutch peacekeepers in Bosnia handed their uniforms and vehicles over to Mladic, who the world put in the driver's seat.

World, welcome to Srebrenica.

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Stephen "Lu" Schwartz (Ashk Sylejman) is Executive Director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism, an international media network, and Founder of the Second Bektashi Sufi Mission to America. He has published more than 33 books and has pursued a (more...)

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