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Can Perpetrators Really Suffer From "Denial Syndrome"?

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Through the summary of theories, offering various explanations of the phenomena of "denial" in general as well as the specific "denial of genocide", this chapter suggests possible answers to the questions: Did the denial stem from Serbs' internalized belief that their actions were justified, or was it a deliberate, deceptive strategy to thwart obstruction by negative foreign opinion and to avoid triggering concrete measures by the international community? Were the Serbs aware that their actions lacked a moral foundation and yet denied them to achieve political objectives, or was it an unconscious effort as they were being entangled into the given polarized analytical context they had created for themselves? By no means is this discussion the only possible approach to the Serb denial of the genocide committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but the author convinced that no possible approach would suggest that it was in any way justifiable or forgivable.

Keywords: Bosnia; denial of genocide; Herzegovina; international community; perpetrators; Serbs



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