Click on the link here for Audio Player – NPR News – September 5, 1995 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
On this September 5th the world is holding it’s collective breath. On September 5th in 1995 the world was looking at the situation in the region formerly known as Yugoslavia and that nightmare the ensued after the death of Marshal Josip Broz Tito in 1980 – the leader referred to as “the glue that held it all together” – the six republics known as Yugoslavia.
The glue eventually came apart at the seams, the intense settling of scores and the spread of religious factions exploded and turned the entire area into a slice of hell not witnessed since the darkest days of World War 2. Ethnic Cleansing became a new word in our lexicon of shock and horror in the mid-1990s. Killing was on a mass scale.
The U.S. and NATO attempted to broker a peace settlement but fighting continued before the U.S. staged a number of bombing campaigns on Bosnian Serb sites, finally bringing about the Dayton Agreement in December. But that was a ways off.
The news on this day was about the war in Bosnia as relayed by NPR on September 5, 1995.
- Bosnian Serb war fugitive Ratko Mladic captured (mannaismayaadventure.com)
- Ex-Bosnian Serb police chief jailed for war crimes (oneislandtwonationsblogspotcom.typepad.com)
- Genocide suspect’s book in shops in Bosnia (worldbulletin.net)
- Josep Broz Tito: the Revered Leader of the Former Yugoslavia (brusselsandbeyond.wordpress.com)
- The price of dignity (part one): the war of Kosovo (english.pravda.ru)
- The day Tito died (mladenovicigor.wordpress.com)
- Lessons from Bosnia: Why the West Must Intervene in Syria (spiegel.de)
- Pope Francis’ call to prayers for peace (express.co.uk)