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5.0 out of 5 stars The Face of Evil, June 6, 2000
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This review is from: Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica (Hardcover)
This is a well-written, journalistic account of the fall of the Srebrenica safe haven in Bosnia in July 1995. The story is told from many viewpoints, including Bosniacs, Serbs and Dutch UN troops. The Dutch battalion looks criminally negligent in its inability to stop a Serb force that barely exceeded four tanks, 200 infantry and a few mortars, from overrunning the town. Serb and Bosniac tactical abilities also appear sloppy; Serbs fought a 9 to 5 war and then went home and got drunk. The UN sat on its hands and did as little as possible. The maps in this book are excellent. The only weakness of Rohde's account is a certain ignorance of military affairs, which impacts upon the portayal of Serb and Dutch relative capabilities. Once the town falls, the face of evil struts onto David Rohde's stage in the form of General Ratko Mladic, who lies to the press while ordering the massacre of hundreds of prisoners. While the exact total number of Muslims who died as a result of the fall of Srebrenica remains uncertain, Rohde does yeoman work in piecing together the final moments of hundreds of the victims. If anyone cannot undertsand why Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic are indicted war criminals, read this book.
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Initial post: Jul 4, 2012 7:34:47 AM PDT
J. Docter says:
Mr Forczyk,

I take offence by your statement about what you mention 'the criminally negligent' attitude of the Dutch batallion. That is a rather strong statement; you seem to forget two aspects:
1. The mission of the Netherlands unit was not to defend the enclave but only to monitor it. This mission was drawn up by the UN and subsequent ROEs supported only this very limited mission. Also the equipment of the batallion was tailored to this limited mission; i.e. 'peacekeeping' and definitely not fighting.
2. The UN is not a body in itself but merely a constitution of countries including yours. I won't offend you by explaining what this means for the decision making process within the UN.

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 7:34:48 AM PDT
J. Docter says:
Mr Forczyk,

I take offence by your statement about what you mention 'the criminally negligent' attitude of the Dutch batallion. That is a rather strong statement; you seem to forget two aspects:
1. The mission of the Netherlands unit was not to defend the enclave but only to monitor it. This mission was drawn up by the UN and subsequent ROEs supported only this very limited mission. Also the equipment of the batallion was tailored to this limited mission; i.e. 'peacekeeping' and definitely not fighting.
2. The UN is not a body in itself but merely a constitution of countries including yours. I won't offend you by explaining what this means for the decision making process within the UN.
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