Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Historian: Dutch Belief in NATO Air Support at Srebrenica Was Illusion

Hans Blom, a historian who headed the Dutch Institute for War Documentation (NIOD) said that it was an illusion that the Dutch soldiers in Srebrenica could have counted on air support in 1995 from NATO.   When the Dutch soldiers fled, Bosnian Serbs conquered the enclave and afterward murdered 8,000 Muslims. Blom said that the Netherlands could have known that the promises of the UN were not very firm. He said, “In UN circles, where the French and the British dominated, there was an enormous reluctance to use the air force, and that is an understatement.”

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