PRINT April 1995



AN ARRAY OF APPALLING IMAGES has been produced during the dismemberment of Yugoslavia, most showing carnage and destruction on an apocalyptic scale. In comparison, this still image looks quiet and mild—but it is one of the most frightening pictures that has resulted from the conflict. Taken from a Serbian TV broadcast, it shows captured Bosnian Muslim soldiers in the Bosnian town of Bihac. What can’t be seen here is the sound that goes with this picture, which was broadcast on American TV: the soldiers are being made to chant a funeral dirge for Bosnia’s enlightened multiethnicity. “Bosnia is for the Serbs,” they drone, in an uncanny mimicry of Orwellian dehumanization. “Bosnia is for the Serbs.”

Bosnia was once a model society for all three of the ethnoreligious groups that inhabited it, the Serbs as well as the Croatians and the Muslims. Its disintegration symbolizes something even larger

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