Unwritten History

refuting disinformation about the Balkan Wars

The Opening Defense Statement of
Dr. Radovan Karadžić Before the ICTY

Milo Yelesiyevich (Translator & Editor)

Opening Defense Statement of Dr. Radovan Karadžić, cover

This bilingual edition features a new English translation of Dr. Karadžić's Opening Defense Statement before the ICTY (International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia) on March 1-2, 2010, and it replaces the inferior and often unintelligible official translation produced by the ICTY. Dr. Karadžić, founder and former President of the Republika Srpska, defends himself by providing a context for his actions as well as by dismantling the media lies on which the charges against him are based. He concentrates on: the falseness of the charges of his being a member of a Joint Criminal Enterprise; the role of Germany in the break-up of Yugoslavia; the creation of the secret Bosnian Muslim Army (the Patriotic League); Alija Izetbegović's Islamic Declaration; Karadžić 's consistent efforts to avoid war; the manner in which the SDA (the Muslim political party) usurped control of Bosnian state institutions, including security services and the police force; the Bosnian Muslim reign of terror in Sarajevo; and Dr. Karadžić 's dismantling of a host of charges against him. The U.S. and NATO used the Bosnian War as a laboratory to test weapons as well as new methods of perception management, which they deployed in a long series of wars. Americans who no longer believe the U.S. government's selective presentation of its foreign policy will find much to consider in Dr. Karadžić's Opening Defense Statement.

Yelesiyevich [the translator and editor] contends that the official translation, produced during the trial, was woefully inadequate, and that a more faithful rendering of Karadžić’s self-defense gives a fuller, fairer picture of the events as they actually unfolded. The bulk of this book is precisely this translation, which runs alongside the original Serbian version extracted from the official audio record provided by the International Criminal Tribunal. In the brief introduction, the author articulates his own defense of Karadžić and registers his indignation over his public abuse. Karadžić’s defense itself is remarkable, by turns eloquent, historically provocative.... Karadžić claimed Serbs had long been champions of peace and compromise, but they met an intransigent Muslim faction that all but insisted on either war or submission. Moreover, he contended that the “forcible removal of Bosnian Muslims and Croats was never our plan.” In many ways, the full account of Karadžić’s defense does add valuable perspective, especially in pointing out that Muslim insurgents were themselves guilty of extraordinary war crimes and that they were often stubbornly unreasonable partners in political dialogue.... This translation remains an important contribution to the understanding of a historically significant war.

A fascinating historical document for readers interested in the Balkan wars.

- Kirkus Review

The falseness of the entire situation here defies description.

Radovan Karadžić (from his Opening Defense Statement)