Wednesday 8 July 2015

A Deadly Warning: Srebrenica Revisited

Following up an earlier post...

How did British Muslim convert Myriam François-Cerrah's BBC One documentary A Deadly Warning: Srebrenica Revisited turn out?

Well, it was genuinely moving (and, thanks to all the sad music and other such familiar stand-bys, clearly meant to be so), and it was also surprising fair in parts. 

There were admissions later on (from Serbs - one 'bad', one 'good') that everything wasn't quite so black and white as the programme had previously suggested (though there is undoubtedly a good deal of blackness here) but...

...the programme was also heavily infiltrated with strongly-hinted-at messages and outright statements (not so much from the lips of Myriam herself though but from others [including the head of the charity at the heart of the programme]) that Muslims in the multi-cultural UK, facing "racism" as they do (apparently), might somehow face the same fate as the Muslims of multi-cultural Bosnia - if we aren't careful. ("It could happen here").

Most of the charming youngsters involved in the programme seemed to buy into that alarmist message too.

The sense of grievance built up by Myriam's youngsters as they toured the region - especially the young Muslim lad, Abdul, who got very passionate at times (and whose bizarre point about Muslim suffering being ignored by the British media wasn't even challenged) - seemed appropriate but was also rather disturbing. 

Given that some people think that the present-day ultra-violent jihadi tsunami really began in Bosnia (something that wasn't mentioned here), the BBC ought to have trodden very carefully. I smelled suicide bombers watching, and their many-and-various apologists lurking in the wings. 

And though the programme mentioned the fact that many British Muslims felt upset about what happened in Bosnia, there was far too little about the West's role in ending the Bosnian War (despite the involvement of the daughter of Col. Bob Stewart), and nothing about the West's heavy anti-Serb military action over Kosovo - both to help Muslims...which might have provided a truthful counter-narrative.

Update (h/t Sue): The Daily Telegraph published a very positive review of this programme. The review's below-the-line comments, in contrast, gave it a thorough going-over.


  1. Is it fair to say the whole thing was a load of shroud waving for the purpose of warning the British public against the rise of Islmaophobia in Britain?

  2. I am sure we all wish to condemn all massacres - wherever they take place, be it in Armenia, Yazidi lands, South Sudan, New York on 9-11, Mumbai or anywhere else.

    I would like to know more about the charity that organised the visit.

    Presumably the programme was completely decontextualised. Not referring to the centuries of enslavement and oppression at the hands of the Ottoman Caliphate or the genocide of Serbs during WW2 (including at the hands of Muslim SS units), I am guessing.

    I'm no expert on this but there appear to be two sides to this story, at least according to this site:

    "The UNPROFOR commander, French General Philippe Morillon, testified that the crimes committed by Bosnian Muslim forces were “extraordinary” and made the Serbs’ desire for revenge to be “inevitable.”

    Philippe Morillon clearly stated the name of the Bosnian Muslim commander Naser Oric who was known for being sadistic. On February 12 in 2004 at The Hague Tribunal Philippe Morillon testified that Bosnian Muslim forces under Naser Oric “engaged in attacks during Orthodox (Christian) holidays and destroyed villages, massacring all the inhabitants. This created a degree of hatred that was quite extraordinary in the region.”

    Philippe Morillon is clearly commenting about the massacres of thousands of Orthodox Christians who were killed in the surrounding region. This applies to Christians being burnt alive, beheaded and so forth."

  3. ("It could happen here")

    What bullshit. The massacre at Srebrenica happened, as these things so often do, during a war. There is no war in Britain, unless of course they're thinking about 7/7, foiled plots and the 100+ convictions for terrorist offences in Britain since 9/11. And I'm sure they're not think abut those at all.

  4. Absolutely biased. Who will show the other side? The BBC should not have shown this unless there is an answering side. The young presenter clearly has an agenda. Wrong on all counts.


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