Bosnian Genocide: The Bosnian War

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The Bosnian Genocide also known as the Bosnian War or Crisis is a direct result from internal and external neglect. In order for an attack to be considered a genocide a systematic destruction of a group of people because of their ethnicity, nationality, religion, or race must occur. In Bosnia and Herzegovina it did. The overthrow and collapse of governments brought forth new ideas and ideologies that allowed for an extremist goal of power to spread. An international communities miscalculation and oversight, led to disastrous aid that only hurt the country's situation. Along with regional tensions over religious disputes and territorial gains, that sparked the fighting in Bosnia. Domestic Corruption and a failure in international government …show more content…

The mixed religions consisted of Islam(Berks), Orthodox Christianity (serbs), and Roman Catholics (croats). In Bosnia it has a population of 43% Muslim or Bosniaks, 35% Orthodox Serbs, and 18% Catholic Croats. For a while there were no disputes between groups because they shared a common enemy, The federation of Yugoslavia. Once the federation collapsed the groups would see their differences and tensions would rise. To the Serbs and Bosniaks religion was very important to their national identity. Each group saw themselves as their own, and were unwelcoming to those who were different. Even the clergy that represented each group and region acted as sensors and sought to control the minds of their followers. With tensions already present and those in control implementing their own ideas into their followers minds, violence was a sure effect. Even with the removal of the religion aspect, each group had their own distinct languages, and alphabets. The Serbs had a Cyrillic alphabet where the Croats language was Latin. As the groups saw themselves as separate regions they each sought to create their own states and territories. The break between the groups increased to such an extent that they each had their own military, and each region was governed separately under its own smaller ruler. Unsatisfied with the boundaries and territories that were created, new boundaries were constantly created causing confusion and disputes over the land. No group would agree with the divisions because it would mean someone would have to give land up. As arguments and tension increased so did the Serbian influence over Bosnia. The Serbs took control of the government and gained the power to control the Bosniaks, and Croats. The political representatives of the serbs had the most power in the government and claimed everyone to

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