The genocide campaign

Bojan Đokić
FOTO: Preuzeto sa Danasa

Dr. Bojan Djokic holds a PhD in History from the University of Novi Sad (the text was originally published in Danas daily)

The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was adopted in 1948 by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

The lawyer Rafael Lemkin, who coined the term „genocide,“ was one of its authors. The term genocide is derived from the words genos (Greek γένος- family, tribe, or race) and accidere (Latin word – to kill).

This neologism was introduced during the Holocaust, although Lemkin was inspired by the massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.

The Armenian genocide was recognized by the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, and over 30 countries in the world, but the Republic of Serbia is not one of them.

It did not even officially recognize the suffering of the Serb and Roma population during the uprising in Croatia, which had the characteristics of genocide.

Recently, the debate on Kosovo’s genocide lawsuit against the Republic of Serbia has been brought to the fore.

This genocide idea is not recent. It is linked to Hashim Thaci and his attempt to homogenize and mobilize the electorate, in order to avoid the adoption of the Law on Specialist Chambers in The Hague and face the crimes of KLA members.

This is classic propaganda about genocide, in the center of which is the narrative of the victimization of the Albanian population in Kosovo, that is, the crimes that Serb and Yugoslav formations committed during the armed conflict.

Historian David Welch defined modern political propaganda as “the deliberate attempt to influence the public opinions of an audience, through the transmission of ideas and values, for a specific persuasive purpose that has been consciously thought out and designed to serve the self-interest of the propagandist, either directly or indirectly.”

Thanks to genocide propaganda, Thaci greatly benefitted in a political sense – he became the president of Kosovo. He also managed to remove the crime of „genocide“ from the Law on the Establishment of Specialist Chambers.

Following Thaci’s dethronement, an old-new deception in Kosovo was falsified by the nationalist frauds. The genocide campaign. It further intensified when Albin Kurti came to power.

Back in 2000, he claimed from a Pozarevac prison that genocide had been committed in Kosovo. While the campaign on genocide is being steered by politicians, it is backed by intelligence.

That is why it is very similar to the campaign on genocide that was conducted in the Serbian press against the Albanian population during the 1980s.

The campaign is an attempt by the new authorities in Pristina to win over right-wing voters. Kurti’s campaign is aggressive. It fuels the anti-Serb mood among the Albanian population and is linked to negotiations on Kosovo’s status.

It is an example of the (mis)use of crimes for nationalist plotting.

It also represents a new stimulus for interethnic tensions. Finally, it distances Kosovo from the United Nations, because it has become clear that the Republic of Serbia, by recognizing Kosovo, would thus also agree to a lawsuit for genocide.

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