We don't give solidarity under the condition we get it back. BiH is a small place & complicated too that not everyone is knowledgeable about. That aside, my Twitter is filled with activists & scholars from all sides sharing info & expressing solidarity.
Don't attack her pls as she seems young and I am not attacking her either but it a statement I keep seeing from young Diaspora Bosnian and it's a huge case of misdirecting your anger and frustration. Other struggling groups aren't the enemy...
It's also important to note that I would much personally prefer non-Bosnians and in particular those who are not knowledge about it, share and retweet info from experts and Bosnian survivors than to lecture on social media in an act of performative support.
Also...if you're mainly following other Bosnians, you will miss the solidarity being expressed by non-Bosnians of which there's been a quite a lot of from scholars, activists, political leaders and just regular people.
& most importantly...our job is not to complain when people don't notice the crisis we may be going through but rather to educate them and bring them on board to take that journey towards knowledge and solidarity together.
Lastly, the world is a mess and we are in the midst of a horrific pandemic that has resulted in emotional and mental exhaustion. We are bombarded by horrific news. People cannot be expected to know everything or take up every cause. But if you they want to? Show them how. :)

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You cannot honestly compare that to Bosnians wanting an equal country where there is no ethnic segregation & everyone is entitled to the same human rights. There's no shadow government being prepared, there's no take-overs, there's no collaboration to make "Bosniak only" regions
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European leadership has an almost deep seethed fear of naming the perpetrators. Listen to their statements around July 11 during commemoration events...very, very few will ever say "Serb forces", "ethno-nationalist Serbs", Serb military even or Serb political leadership.
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This is why I cannot subscribe to the idea that what we seeing now is the same thing we saw in the late 80s/early 90s.

A lot of work went into convincing Serbs they should take up arms against their neighbours in the 90s. The propaganda was more subtle. Now, it's impertinent.
One of the biggest obstacles to the idea of Greater Serbia for political leadership in the 90s was in fact the ethnic unity within Bosnia. They openly spoke about how to sow discord, how to get Serbs on their side, how to turn the Muslims into the enemy. It was a lot of work.
We are not there anymore. We are instead in a situation where for 30 years they've been pushing a massive ethno-nationalist propaganda campaign on a socio-political level. There is far more hatred now than probably any time before in Bosnian history, if you ask me.
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"Oh god, they're calling on the US/UK to help them" is easy to say when you have no other allies and are entirely under the pressure and influence of Western governments. "I'd never do that" is b/c you live in the West...you're not under constant threat.
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