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Requiem far Yugoslavia

Branka Magas, 25 July 1991

... As with any bereavement, the hardest thing for those left behind is accepting the fact of death. But now even I am forced to admit defeat after years spent keeping the log of Yugoslavia’s march towards the point of no return. It is merely a sign of my irresponsible faith in some last-minute miracle that it should have taken a full-scale Federal Army attack on one of Yugoslavia’s constituent republics to force me to accept that the past must be buried ...

Losing the war in Yugoslavia

Branka Magas, 21 November 1991

... One of the hardest things to comprehend about the war in Croatia is what it seems to tell us about the fragility of the whole Yugoslav project. Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Slovenia have all declared independence with popular plebiscites to back them up. Bosnia-Herzegovina’s parliament has proclaimed a sovereign republic. Serbia is attempting to extend its frontiers by force of arms ...

What is a war crime?

Françoise Hampson, 16 December 1993

The Destruction of Yugoslavia 
by Branka Magas.
Verso, 372 pp., £39.95, March 1993, 0 86091 376 7
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The Anatomy of the Nuremberg Trials 
by Telford Taylor.
Bloomsbury, 703 pp., £25, April 1993, 0 7475 1501 8
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... may even have been chosen by outsiders in order to justify a prior decision not to intervene. Branka Magas asserts that both the war in Croatia and that in Bosnia-Herzegovina are wars of aggression by Serbia, fought with the assistance of local Serbs. Others would claim that they are internal uprisings, given political and logistical support from ...

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