Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, in an appearance to be broadcast on Bosnian television, has begged for forgiveness for the massacre at Srebrenice in July, 1995, when some 8,000 Bosnian men and boys were lined up and summarily executed by Serbian and Bosnian-Serb military forces.
He stated, according to Der Spiegel, “I beg on my knees for Serbia to be forgiven for this crime committed in Srebrenice.”
Der Spiegel noted that the 1995 Srebrenice massacre is considered to be the gravest war crime committed in Europe since World War II.
“Serbien: Präsident entschuldigt sich für Srebrenica-Massaker,” Der Spiegel, 25 April 2013 (14:38 h).
Is this relevant to the present? Consider the following:
How many Srebrenice’s have been committed in Syria in the last two years?
What will future presidents of Syria, Russia, China, and Iran be able to say when they beg for forgiveness for the war crimes and crimes against humanity they either directly committed or actively supported?
And what will a future American president say to his countrymen, and to the world, about what his country did to halt these war crimes, which were on a scale far exceeding that of the 8,000 boys and men massacred at Srebrenice?
The Trenchant Observer