ERROR CORRECTION -- Where are the Bodies in Kosovo (III)?

November 25, 1999

Comment: #334A

Discussion Thread:  #s 334

Upon re-reading Comment #334, I determined that I  included incorrect information in the following paragraph near the end of the discussion of Passage #2:  

"Atrocities certainly occurred and continue to occur in Kosovo - first by Serbs and now by Albanians.  But Ms. Del Ponte's evidence suggests the total dead may be less than the 7,414 Muslim men and boys slaughtered in Srebrenica by the Bosnian Serbs in six days between July 11 and July 17, 1995 [see Reference #2].  That massacre did not result in formal charges of genocide against the alleged perpetrators the crimes.  It did result in charges of war crimes. Like Srebrenica, there are grounds for charging  some Serbs, including Milosevic, with war crimes and/or crimes against humanity in Kosovo.  There are also grounds for making similar charges against those Kosovar Albanians who are now systematically murdering old women and cleansing Serbs and other minorities out of Kosovo."

Consider this a correction for the record: The statement that there were no charges of genocide is factually incorrect.  Ratko Mladic, Radovan Karadzic, and Radislav Krstic  were in fact charged with the crime of genocide for their roles in the Srebrenica massacre.  Krstic is now in custody, but has not yet been convicted.  Mladic and Karadzic are still at large.  Please discount this paragraph in its entirety.  While it is a serious error, the paragraph can  be removed en toto from the text without changing the structure of my argument or my conclusions.  Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience.

Chuck Spinney

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Comment 334