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Evidence that the Supposed Srebrenica Execution Video is a Lie
The Srebrenica
“Execution” Video, Part 3: The Media Moves Mountains

For Part 1, go to http://emperors-clothes.com/sreb/vid.htm
For Part 2, go to
http://emperors-clothes.com/sreb/location.htm

by Jared Israel
Emperor
s Clothes

[10 July 2005; revised June 1, 2009]

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I have said I will prove that the so-called Srebrenica execution video, shown a month ago at the Hague, is a fraud, and that media coverage of this footage suggests a propaganda campaign aimed at demonizing the Serbian people.

In Part 2 of this series, “The Srebrenica Execution Video: Mission Impossible”[1], we considered Prosecutor Jeffrey Nice’s claim that the video shows how “…men were brought from Srebrenica in batches to this group of Skorpions [on Treskavica Mountain] to be executed and they were executed….” [2]

As we saw, trucking  prisoners from Srebrenica to Treskavica Mountain would have meant driving over treacherous mountain roads for 10 hours (320 kilometers round trip) into the worst fighting in Bosnia, complete with heavy artillery duels. A bit like Normandy on D-Day.

If the media had done their job, pointing out that, as a secret execution site, Treskavica Mountain was absurd, they would have made prosecutor Nice a laughing stock. But they didn’t. They did the opposite.

Consider MSNBC.

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If you cant truck the Mohammedans to the Mountain, move the Mountain to the Mohammedans 

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MSNBC begins their story with two still shots from the video footage. Beneath the photo on the left is the caption:

“This image taken from a video purportedly shows the shadow of a Serbian soldier cast over bound Bosnian Muslim civilian prisoners taken from Srebrenica to Mount Treskavica, near the wartime Bosnian Serb capital of Pale, in 1995, where they were killed.” [3]

Although this caption does use the word, “purportedly,” it nevertheless communicates that the video is authentic, an impression strengthened by the main headline:

“Bosnia agonizes over release of massacre video. 1995 shooting deaths of Muslims from Srebrenica shown on TV.”

MSNBC does not refer to the alleged massacre video or supposed deaths of people whom prosecutor Jeffrey Nice claims were Muslims captured in Srebrenica. Instead, everything is definite.

Beneath the photo on the right we read:

“Bosnian television aired a video of a 1995 massacre committed by Serbs in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina. But will the people responsible for the atrocity be punished?”

So much for “purportedly”; the video is now proof positive. A splendid precedent. A prosecutor need only show a video -- he doesn’t have to enter it in evidence, or allow it to be examined by an independent expert, indeed he can be a thousand miles away -- and the only question is, will the people “responsible for the atrocity” be punished?

The caption for the photo on the left states that the video footage was shot on Treskavica Mountain. The caption for the photo on the right states that it was shot in Srebrenica. Thus Microsoft has solved prosecutor Nice’s 160 kilometer dilemma by moving the Mountain to Srebrenica, where it will find the Mohammedans.

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The New York Times re-writes... The New York Times

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The New York Times also mentions Treskavica Mountain. Unlike MSNBC, the Times does not lie (or for that matter tell the truth) about Treskavica’s location; however, it does describe Treskavica as “Serbian-held territory”:

“The video, shot by a member of the group, shows six emaciated men being removed from a canvas covered military truck driven from Srebrenica to Treskavica, a mountain in Serbian-held territory south of Sarajevo.” [4]

As I mentioned earlier, and as you will see when you view the video footage [see footnote 2], the men don’t look emaciated. But it’s a nice effect, and anyway, why quibble since the sentence also invents the notion that at the time the Serbs re-took Srebrenica, Treskavica was “Serbian-held territory.” 

“Serbian-held” gives readers the useful impression that Treskavica was secure, i.e., suitable for carrying out secret executions. In fact, in the summer of 1995, Treskavica Mountain was not Serbian-held. As noted earlier, Muslim extremist armies were fighting Bosnian Serb troops for control of the Mountain, with daily battles, complete with artillery duels. This was reported at the time by various media sources, including... The New York Times. For example, on June 15th, 1995, about three weeks before the Serbs recaptured Srebrenica, the Times reported:

“This force of about 130,000 [Muslim] soldiers has more than held its own against the [Bosnian] Serbs over the past year. It has taken strategic high ground, most recently Treskavica Mountain south of Sarajevo, and resisted against all odds in the isolated western enclave of Bihac.” [My emphasis] [5]

In case The New York Times doesn’t like reading The New York Times, there’s always The Washington Post, which, five weeks later, reported that, according to US intelligence:

“Since May, government [i.e., Muslim extremist] forces evidently have captured 150 to 200 square kilometers of Serb-held territory in the Treskavica Mountains…” [My emphasis] [6]

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Reuters keeps it simple

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The Reuters dispatch, which was widely reprinted by various newspapers, never mentions Treskavica Mountain, but nevertheless mis-locates the supposed execution site:

“A sickening video of Serb paramilitary soldiers in the act of murdering six Bosnian Muslim youths near Srebrenica in 1995 sobered Serbia on Thursday….” [My emphasis] [7]

And later in the same article:

 “The graphic film was shot near the town whose name now recalls the worst massacre in Europe since World War Two…[and so on].”  [My emphasis] 

As with MSNBC, Treskavica, where according to Nice the video footage was shot, has been moved to a convenient location. And it is done with admirable simplicity: “near.”

The meaning of “near” of course depends on context; from the viewpoint of astrophysics, the earth is near the moon.  But from the viewpoint of people supposedly trying to execute large numbers of prisoners of war and not get caught, a location that requires driving trucks 160 km on treacherous mountain roads into the worst fighting in Bosnia while being spied on by the combined armed forces of Europe and North America does not qualify as “near.”

Perhaps you are thinking that perhaps all this misinformation results from lazy reporting?  If so, consider that these three leading media sources do not parrot some common source, which might indicate mental laziness. Rather, the Times misdescribes Treskavica Mountain; Reuters ignores it but puts the video “near” Srebrenica; and MSNBC moves all of 20 kilometer-wide Treskavica Mountain into Srebrenica. Thus instead of doing their proper job, which is to investigate Nice’s claims, these media giants obscure the absurdity of those claims, each in its own way: a creativity of misinformation.

Could this result from ignorance?  I don’t think so. The Times article was written by Nicholas Wood. As archived in the Lexis-Nexis media search engine, his byline appears on over 200 stories related to Bosnia. They were published by The New York Times, the London Times, The Guardian and other leading newspapers. His Bosnia reporting goes back to 1992.  Surely he knows that in 1995 Treskavica was the last place the Serbs would try to carry out secret executions.

The Reuters story was by Beti Bilandzic. Her byline appears in 25 newspaper stories about Yugoslavia, going back to 1996. This doesn’t include her Reuters dispatches, which are not archived on Lexis-Nexis, and I gave up trying to count.  Surely she knows that Treskavica Mountain is not “near” Srebrenica.

As for MSNBC, their internet story is an AP dispatch, whose author isn't mentioned by name, but I imagine the combined research capabilities of Associated Press, Microsoft and NBC are equal to those of Emperor’s Clothes.

In one of  Rex Stout’s excellent detective novels, his Montenegrin-born sleuth, Nero Wolfe, says that, in a world that operates mostly at random, coincidences are to be expected, but each should be viewed skeptically. That three media giants with superb research facilities could all produce articles that obscure, by means of differing misinformation, the absurdity of prosecutor Nice’s allegations, and that this could be accidental, is too much coincidence for me. Especially since this multiple coincidence required that the authors forget what they know. 

A more reasonable explanation is that prosecutor Nice’s story was too obviously absurd and so, in the interest of established policy, namely demonizing the Bosnian Serbs, every newspaper and TV news program hid The Hague’s absurdity. The media could reasonably expect to get away with this fraud because they know people are very busy and therefore will not a) find and watch the actual Hague video footage on the internet and b) study the geography of Bosnia and c) check out media reports concerning Treskavica from 1995. 

Jared Israel
Editor, Emperor’s Clothes

[Footnotes and Further Reading follows the appeal]

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Footnotes and Further Reading

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[1] See, “The Srebrenica Execution Video: Mission Impossible” at
http://emperors-clothes.com/sreb/location.htm

[2] This excerpt from the June 1st, 2005 Milosevic proceedings is posted with the rest of that day’s transcript at
http://emperors-clothes.com/sreb/transj1.htm#treskavica


The video of the June 1, 2005 court session of the Milosevic trial at The Hague can be seen at
http://hague.bard.edu/video/icty_env.20050601.ram
To watch it, you’ll need RealPlayer. If you don’t have it, you can get it for free at http://www.real.com
The video lasts more than five hours. The section in which prosecutor Jeffrey Nice starts showing clips from a video supposedly showing Serbian paramilitary forces executing Muslim prisoners starts at 2:34:12.

[3] "Bosnia agonizes over release of massacre video.
1995 shooting deaths of Muslims from Srebrenica shown on TV,"  World news -- msnbc.com, AP Associated Press, updated 7:47 p.m. ET June 3, 2005, at
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/8085091/
If this page is taken down, we have it archived at
http://emperors-clothes.com/sreb/agonizes.htm

[4]  "Video of Serbs in Srebrenica Massacre Leads to Arrests," The New York Times, June 3, 2005 Friday, Late Edition -- Final, Section A; Column 1; Foreign Desk; Pg. 3, 997 words, by Nicholas Wood; Ivana Sekularac contributed reporting from Belgrade, Serbia, for this article; Ljubljana, Slovenia, June 2
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/03/international/europe/03serbia.html

[5] "A Ragtag Bosnian Army Becomes a Credible Force," The New York Times, June 15, 1995, Thursday, Late Edition - Final, Section A; Page 1; Column 1; Foreign Desk , 982 words, By Roger Cohen, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 14

[6] "Bosnian Forces Capturing Territory From Serbs, Intelligence Indicates," The Washington Post, July 21, 1995, Friday, Final Edition, A SECTION; Pg. A26, 813 words, R. Jeffrey Smith, Washington Post Staff Writer

[7] Posted by Muslim News; “
Srebrenica video sobers Serbia, brings arrests”; June 3, 2005; By Beti Bilandzic; Belgrade (Reuters);
http://www.muslimnews.co.uk/news/news.php?article=9298

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