Letter to the Guardian

Paul Flewers hatchet.job at SPAMvirgin.net
Sun Jan 28 10:24:43 MST 2001

I've just sent this letter to the Guardian newspaper, which, in connection with
the Holocaust commemorations held in London yesterday, ran an article on the
slaughter of the Armenians in 1915 which said: 'The genocides in Bosnia,
Cambodia and Rwanda will also be remembered.' An article in Friday's edition
also talked of 'genocide' in Bosnia.   Paul F   Dear Sirs   Julia Pascal ('A
People Killed Twice', 27 January) is wrong to refer to a 'genocide' in Bosnia.
What occurred in the former Yugoslavia was a series of vicious civil wars in
which between 50 000 and 200 000 people were killed mainly on the grounds of their
nationality. This is typical of most wars throughout history, including many
which resulted in far greater numbers of deaths than in Yugoslavia. To talk of
genocide in relation to the war in Bosnia and to equate what happened there with
the slaughter of the Armenians in 1915 and of the Jews in 1941-45 serves to help
empty the term genocide of its very real meaning.   Yours faithfully   Paul

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