Why understanding the creation of the Serb Republic is important
When it comes to public debate in Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of my favorite opinion-makers is social psychologist Srdjan Puhalo who is very famous and active in Bosnia via Twitter. Puhalo is often writing about topics such as nationalism, war crimes, corruption. His latest article via InfoRadar is called “What do Serb children in RS (need to) know about the local areas”.
Puhalo’s article is based on a statement by Serb nationalist politician Sonja Karadzic, the daughter of convicted war criminal and former leading Serb nationalist politician Radovan Karadzic, when she wrote a Tweet addressed to school children in the Serb Republic “to learn and memorize when and how the Serb Republic was created” because that is “always going to be important to know regardless what certain guys and ladies are saying”.
Thereby, Puhalo is writing the following as a response the Sonja Karadzic by rhetorically asking “Serb children” if they know that :
- Radovan Karadzic, the first president of the Serb Republic is sentenced to lifetime prison for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.
- Biljana Plavsic, the first vice-president of the Serb Republic was sentenced to 11 years in prison after admitting her guilt for “persecution of Bosnian Muslims and Croats on political, racial and religious grounds”.
- 50 Serbs have been sentenced to more than 700 years of prison because of the genocide in Srebrenica.
- During the war on the territory of the Serb Republic, around 30 000 Bosniac and Croat civilians were killed.
- The Serb Republic armed forces and police destroyed 534 mosques.
- Primary and high school buildings were favorite places for imprisoning Bosniac and Croat civilians.
Puhalo finishes his article by writing that “it is very important that you (Serb children) know how the Serb Republic was created and that all of this happened during its creation”.
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