i started by apologizing for my ignorance, so a helpful or concerned response would have been more fitting than the first reply of assumption.
I'm not sure if your response was directed at me, but if it was, I assure you I was not trying to be offensive. I really was trying to keep the subject "light" (but probably failed miserably).
also, nothing was 'planted' by my friend. from what little i understand of this conflict Milosevic and his Serbs are the ones that have and are being tried for war crimes.
This quote couldn't have been said to a better person because I've worked on several matters at the Hague for Serbs who are being unlawfully held there. Yes, I said unlawfully. Without getting into pages and pages of legal reasons of why the ICTY is de facto
illegal, suffice it to say, I've yet to meet an "objective" legal scholar who hasn't criticized this "Kangaroo Court". Two small example (if I may)... 1) When the prosecution opened there case against Slobo, their opening statement lasted 2 1/2 days. Milosevic was limited to 3 hours. Limiting a pro se
defendant's opening is pretty egregious, but not the worst thing to happen... 2) Cross examination... probably this greatest fundamental right afforded to a defendant when on trial. The opportunity to continuosly question your accuser or a witness on his behalf about claims they have made. A right, nearly absolute (especially for a pro se
defendant). However, Milosevic has been constantly told to "wrap it up", "hurry along" and that "he is finished because the Court says so". The ICTY is not even trying to give the illusion that it is an independent judiciary looking to find the truth. An absolute joke.
Such as instituting camps to, ever so graciously, implant the infidels with the Serbian seed.
This is special. I read a news article when this hogwash was going around, it was from a British reporter and it went something like this... when I was in London, I was told 100,000 Bosnian Muslim women had been raped around Sarajevo, when I got to within 500km of Sarajevo, my guide told me that the number was actually 10,000. When I got to within 50 miles of Sarajevo, the number was reduced to 1,000 rapes. As I got to within 5 miles of the city, the number was noce again reduced to 100 rape victims and as I arrived in the city to interview these 100 women, I only found one women who told us about being raped.
My friend simply suggested that I not make it a topic of conversation, as his wife became a refugee due to the self-confessed 'God loving Serbs.'
I guess having two (2) great-grandfathers hacked to pieces in Kosovo would be my compelling story to tell you there is a little more to the story you were told. Also, I find it interesting that your friends wife lived to tell about running from the "God loving Serbs". Let me ask you, did she seek refuge with the 10's of thousands of Islamic Mujahadeen's which were imported to Bosnia at the request of Islamic fundamentalist leader Alija Izetbegovic? Was she safe amidst those trained by Osama Bin Laden and his network around the world?
again, i'm sorry for my offense and am in no way politically siding against the country or church. this is solely a personal concern and would not be so arrogant as to suggest that i know the conflict in any sort of entirety.
You have nothing to be sorry about, but I assure you, just based on your last post, you have a very distorted view of what really transpired in the former Yugoslavia.
Look at this article here http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0902-02.htm
p.s. it is a warm embrace to know very little of the church, very few Orthodox, be a catechumen, and have a significant portion of my interactions to be re-education siding history toward the orthodox, expectations of me to do more with no sort of guidance, and pointless hostilities minimized to my protestant background.
I believe that the Orthodox church in fact is the church Christ designed for us, and my expectations should not be too high, but it's disappointing none the less when you've felt like you were finished searching. Perhaps this doesn't belong in this response, but it's all tying together quite haphazardly.
I think we're not understanding each other. As I said before, if you want more info on the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, I'll be happy to provide it, I'm really not being hostile, I just truly believe you've been misled.