Destruction of the Bosniaks
“Although many different ethnic and religious groups had resided together for 40 years under Yugoslavia’s repressive communist government, this changed when the country began to collapse during the fall of communism in the early 1990s” (Holocaust Museum Houston). This quote is a very truthful one. Many people in this world probably have never even heard of the Bosnian Genocide. It was a very tragic time in history that could have been prevented if people didn’t have so much pride and arrogance like Slobodan Milosevic did.
In 1989, Slobodan Milosevic became president of the Republic of Serbia. Milosevic envisioned a pure Serb dominated state. He soon started encouraging violent uprisings against the Bosniaks, Muslims, and Croats from the Serbs. Slobodan Milosevic started the Bosnian Genocide because he imagined a pure Serb dominated state. Milosevic had much pride and arrogance in having power that he started this war. He didn’t want Croats, Bosniaks, or anyone but Serbs to be in their state.
Once the Cold War ended, the Socialist Federal of Yugoslavia was led by Josip Broz Tito, an enigmatic dictator. He kept great control numerous ethnic, religious, and nationalist groups. When Tito died, politicians started turning Serbs, Croats, and Bosniaks against each other. Soon, the Bosnia Genocide started which claimed approximately 100,000 people’s lives. About 80 percent of the people killed were Bosniaks.
Before the Bosnian War, in 1990, the president of Serbia started to support the Serbs in war against everyone else in the republic of Yugoslavia. Sometime in 1991, both Slovenia and Croatia wanted independence from the republic. Since Croatia had a 12 percent Serbian population, they were not allowed to leave, while Slovenia got independence because they did not have a substantial Serbian population. Croatia then went to war and suffered greatly until Bosnia intervened, trying to stop the Serbs. Finally, in 1995, a peace agreement was signed and the war ended.
The Republic of Yugoslavia is located along the coast of the Adriatic sea, which is between Romania and Italy, in Southeastern Europe. Bosnia, which is located in the Republic of Yugoslavia, is barely smaller than West Virginia, but has a population more than double of West Virginia’s....