From Our Archives: The Forgotten Story of Nasir Oric’s Greatest Hits

This past week, after sixteen years in hiding, the fugitive Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic surrendered to the authorities, and has been extradited to the Hague to stand trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia under the aegis of the United Nations.

General Mladic is was the commander of Bosnian Serb forces during the Bosnian civil war in the mid-1990s. His experiences during the war have drawn the interest of prosecutors in Serbia, who hope he can testify about other war crimes — those committed by Bosnian Muslims against Serbs.

The media do not even consider the possibility that the “genocide” in Srebrenica might have been largely manufactured in a propaganda coup by the Bosnian Muslims. General Mladic has already been convicted in the press, and the outcome in the Hague — assuming the defendant survives for the duration of the trial — is predetermined.

The Serbian authorities are hoping for testimony from Gen. Mladic about a particular Bosnian Muslim military leader, Nasir (or Naser) Oric, who is alleged to have committed a series of atrocities during the war. He was previously acquitted by the war crimes tribunal, but Serbian prosecutors believe that Gen. Mladic may be able to supply evidence of additional crimes on the part of Nasir Oric.

The following article provides a glimpse into what Mr. Oric did during the war. It’s from the archives of the Srebrenica Research Group, and was originally published on July 16, 1995 in The Toronto Star:

Fearsome Muslim warlord eludes Bosnian Serb forces
by Bill Schiller

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia — When Bosnian Serb commander Gen. Ratko Mladic swept triumphantly into Srebrenica last week, he not only wanted to sweep Srebrenica clean of Muslims — he wanted Nasir Oric.

Naser OricIn Mladic’s view, the powerfully built Muslim commander had made life too difficult and too deadly for Serb communities nearby.

Even though the Serbs had Srebrenica surrounded, Oric was still mounting commando raids by night against Serb targets.

Oric, as blood-thirsty a warrior as ever crossed a battlefield, escaped Srebrenica before it fell. Some believe he may be leading the Bosnian Muslim forces in the nearby enclaves of Zepa and Gorazde. Last night these forces seized armored personnel carriers and other weapons from U.N. peacekeepers in order to better protect themselves.

Oric is a fearsome man, and proud of it.

I met him in January, 1994, in his own home in Serb-surrounded Srebrenica.

On a cold and snowy night, I sat in his living room watching a shocking video version of what might have been called Nasir Oric’s Greatest Hits.

There were burning houses, dead bodies, severed heads, and people fleeing.

Oric grinned throughout, admiring his handiwork.

“We ambushed them,” he said when a number of dead Serbs appeared on the screen.

The next sequence of dead bodies had been done in by explosives: “We launched those guys to the moon,” he boasted.

When footage of a bullet-marked ghost town appeared without any visible bodies, Oric hastened to announce: “We killed 114 Serbs there.”

Later there were celebrations, with singers with wobbly voices chanting his praises.

These video reminiscences, apparently, were from what Muslims regard as Oric’s glory days. That was before most of eastern Bosnia fell and Srebrenica became a “safe zone” with U.N. peacekeepers inside — and Serbs on the outside.

Lately, however, Oric increased his hit-and-run attacks at night. And in Mladic’s view, it was far too successful for a community that was supposed to be suppressed.

The Serbs regard Oric, once Serb President Slobodan Milosevic’s personal bodyguard, as a war criminal.

But they don’t want to send him to the international war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands. They want to track him down and kill him.

The only songs they want sung of Nasir Oric are funeral dirges.

But that hasn’t happened. [ … ]

Hat tip: Srdja Trifkovic.

6 thoughts on “From Our Archives: The Forgotten Story of Nasir Oric’s Greatest Hits

  1. Yes, I agree. It has gotten to the point that I automatically discount anything shown on the TV concerning the trial of Mladic as being one-sided.

    Do you have any other evidence of Muslim war crimes ?

    If so it would be good to see it on the site.

  2. “Do you have any other evidence of Muslim war crimes ?”

    Islamics and their minions> Whine and wail! Oh, noo, islamics can’t be guilty. How can we be? We’re the religion of peace. Doooo you have any evidence of this horrendous accusation?

    Well, what’s going on is that, we, non-islamics are waking up…waking up to the fact that, the REAL criminals in the Balkans War were the MOSLEMS….NOT the christians!

    The wrong groups were vilified.

    Anytime, the islamic population sees their advantage and numbers, they DON’T hesitate to attack and slaughter the non-islamics.

    And in E. Europe, they’re set an example by the Turks, ever since the Ottoman invasion/conquests starting in the 1300s.

    If you want to get proof, fellow, YOU will have to do the research.
    The onus is on YOU, since you challenge the facts.

    Why should anybody do the work for you?

    The atrocities the Turks and their conersts did/do are without number.

    Get the proof everything we’ve learned about islam, and that history is wrong, and come back…even better, to to Jihad Watch, and communicate with Fitzgerald.

    Wild Amazon Nature/Goddess Worshipper

  3. Having just returned from a month touring the Netherlands and Belgium, I can say with certainty that the most profound reason Mladic is now being dragged to the INCC in Holland is not the supposed massacre of Muslim men. It is because of the overwhelming humiliation of the Dutch soldiers wearing those innane blue helmets trying to protect non uniformed Bosnian para militaries.

    Dutch television played a video of Mladic yelling at a Dutch officer over and over and over again and the story was much more about the treatment of Dutch soldiers than Muslims being shot.
    The Netherlands is seeking revenge for the Serbs exposing the clear cowardice of the Dutch soldiers who refused to do their duty and die defending their post. I say this with sadness being a son of a Dutch woman.
    The Serbs are fools if they believe handing over Mladic will get them any closer to EU membership or even equal respected status among the more powerful European states.
    The British government is following the Dutch lead because they also were incapable of routing the tiny Serb military.

    The whole situation is fortuitus because now the spotlight can turn away from organ harvesting ghouls in Albanian Kosovo which Wiki leaks let the world in on that all the western leadership was well aware of.

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