Yugoslavia, the Avoidable War | Chicago Reader

Yugoslavia, the Avoidable War

Serbia has been castigated by Western media for atrocities in the former Yugoslavia, but this investigative documentary by George Bogdanich argues that the truth is more complicated. Marshaling a wealth of evidence (news footage, interviews, reports by international human rights organizations), he claims that the U.S. backed the Bosnian Muslims to preserve its influence in Europe and that some civilian massacres were staged by the Bosnians for the Western press. Among the talking heads are EU diplomat David Owen, state department official George Kenney, and historian Nora Beloff, who now believe that the bloodshed could have been contained quickly had the major powers, especially Germany and the U.S., not taken sides. Their charges and recollections are compelling, though the video's lawyerly presentation and monotone narration make this rather dull viewing. 165 min.

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