The mood in Bosnia & Hercegovina before the war started in 1992 can only be described as denial!. Every single Serb coulld see the build up of hatred and open neonazi acceptance, but all Serbs still did NOT want to believe that it woulld lead to the bloodshed it turned out to be. All were convinced that the decent and educated elite of peoples in BIH, nomatter what religious beleif, woulld prevent the exttremists to take power and to act against the Bosnian Constitution. That and the beleif that the western world would never accept a replay of the NAZI and Muslim destruction orgies from ww2.
In a recent interview given by Biljana Plavsic to SRNA news agency, the former President of Republic Srpska said: "Izetbegovic got everything that he wanted according to his Islamic Deklaration". She also recalls the words of a Muslim friend who was asking her "Biljana! what else need happen to you (Serbs) in order for you to open up your eyes?" Biljana Plavsic was convinced that since all lived together for centuries that reason woulld prevail.
This statement from Biljana Plavsic pretty much sums up the mood amongst the Serb population in Bosna & Hercegovina in 1991
The magazine "Novi voks" published in Sarajevo, promoted the most extreme Moslem stances and openly called for genocide of the Serbian people.
Thus in its October 1991 issue No.3, on page 40, in a regular feature called "Documents", "Novi voks" published an article entitled "What (is to be done) with the Serbs in the Moslem Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina", which, inter alia, states the following:
"1. Every individual Serb must be aware of the responsibility of the entire nation for his own uncontrolled acts. The punishment for evildoings committed will be collective - for one Moslem house torn down ten Serbian houses will be demolished, for one dead Moslem 100 Serbs will be liquidated. For a wounded Moslem, depending on the severity of the wound - 10 to 50 Serbs.
2. All Serbs will have 12-hour working days, the salaries of all employees will reflect the degree of their loyalty and will as a rule be by 30% below the salaries Moslems occupying the same posts receive.
9. A good Serb is a live and obedient Serb; or a dead disobedient Serb....".
The Handzar division was a military unit composed of Moslems from Bosnia and Herzegovina, which, having previously been specially trained in France and Germany, fought on the side of fascist Germany in World War II and is remembered for the war crimes committed against the Serbian people by its members.
This cover page presaged what would start happening to the Serbs a year afterwards, when civil war broke out in the territory of the former Bosnia and Herzegovina as well.
There ensued a massive genocide of the Serbian people which involved the killing of Serbs by decapitation, as was characteristic of the period of Turkish rule in these lands, when the beheading of Serbs was common practice also. Ivo Andric, who was born here and is the only Yugoslav Nobel laureate for literature, also describes this in his books.
Read the report of some examples of this practice of killing Serbs by decapitation: