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opinion | john shattuck

War crimes whitewash


The InternationaL Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia was set up to deal with the gravest international crimes in Europe since World War II. These crimes were committed during the bloody conflict that engulfed Yugoslavia from 1991 to 1995. The war was the product of cynical leaders who sought to expand their control by what has euphemistically been called “ethnic cleansing” — systematic strategies of forced deportation, destruction of property, terrorism, mass killing, crimes against humanity, and genocide that cost more than 200,000 lives, mostly civilians.

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