The Centre for Peace in the Balkans = Nationalist Serbian Propaganda

Many foreign journalists, public officials, and general public have been fed with unhealthy amounts of Serbian propaganda since the Balkan conflict started.

The Centre for Peace in the Balkans is Serbian propaganda media outlet based in Toronto, Canada. Their main goal is to manipulate the public opinion by the following means:

1. Creation of various conspiracy theories in which Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims), Croats and Albanians are portrayed as terrorists, aggressors, war criminals, etc. The western media is portrayed as one-sided, and unrealiable, while the United States and other NATO countries are portrayed as agressors who are constantly looking for new ways to 'destroy' Serbian nation. Sounds familiar?

2. Misinterpretation of facts regarding the recent conflict in the Former Yugoslavia (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Region of Kosovo, Region of Sanjak, Albania). Basicly, one of the most popular Serbian beliefs is that their neighbours - and the western world in particular - are to blame for everything. Sounds familiar?

3. Revisioning the history of the Balkan conflict. The interesting aim of The Centre for Peace in the Balkans seems to be the creation of an atmosphere of exaggerated and false messages of pure Serbian 'innocence' in the conflict. In their view, 'others' are to blame for everything. Those views deemed to be fit to serve Serbian propaganda are gladly published on their website. Sounds familiar?

4. Hiding under the cover of objectivity, etc. Under the cover(s) of objectivity; "non profit corporation;" appealing non-partisan name (imagine? "The Centre for Peace in the Balkans." Really?); so called elimination of alleged "discriminatory practices which currently 'exist' in Canada for individuals from Balkan region;" and with "continued action of bringing NATO and military political leaders (USA, Canadian, etc) to stand trial at an independent tribunal for the 'crimes' they committed in Yugoslavia," this centre, formed by Serbian immigrants, continues to serve its purpose as nothing more but a Serbian propaganda machine in Canada.

5. Publishing various stories that are far away from factual truth and in my opinion more suitable for biased - Serbian and pro-Serb oriented - opinions.

For Serbs, it is easier to hold onto the lie. Truth hurts, and should be avoided at all costs.

The manipulation of Srebrenica genocide is one of the saddest examples of Serbian propaganda in action. Even though, as of today, officially more than 6000 bodies were recovered from Srebrenica's mass graves (the number is rising almost daily), Serbian and pro-Serb propagandists (revisionists) hold onto their fictious belief that the number of killed was actually less than 3000 and that Srebrenica's genocide never happened.

The friendship between the Western world and non-Serb Balkan nations is viewed as a main threat to the twisted Serbian nationalist minds. The Centre for Peace in the Balkans voiced its anger against the Srebrenica-New York sisterhood (like, anybody will listen to them, huh?) - a symbolic link between Bosnian and American tragedy (9/11 and 6/11).

Generally speaking, Serbian media's repetitive use of pejorative descriptions of Croat, Bosniak, and Albanian civilians - "Ustashe hordes," "Vatican fascists," "Mujahedin fighters," "fundamentalist warriors of Jihad," and "Albanian terrorists" - quickly became part of common usage in twisted Serbian propaganda (both online and offline). Unverified stories, presented as fact, are turned into common knowledge - for example, that Bosniaks were feeding Serb children to animals in the Sarajevo zoo. When you add an academic tone to such claims, boom! You're in business.

The Serbian propaganda was and still is based on the same techniques as used by Adolf Hitler, with the added power of television and the Internet. To weld the population together, official propaganda draws on the sources of the Serbian mystique, that of a people who are 'mistreated' victims and 'martyrs' of history and that of Greater Serbia, indissolubly linked to the Orthodox religion and Eastern-Orthodox allies (e.g. Russia, Greece). The Serbian propaganda operates something like a denial movement whose real aim is to deny Serbian responsibility for genocide and war crimes committed in the Balkans (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Region of Sanjak).

The fundamental principles of Serbian propaganda, highlighted by de la Brosse, are:

1. Keep it simple;

2. Project one's own faults onto the enemy;

3. Use the news to one's own advantage through exaggeration, distortion and omission;

4. Repeat the message endlesly; rely on myths and (revisionist) history; and

5. Create a national consensus.

If I were to describe The Centre for Peace in the Balkans to a complete stranger I would describe it as a pure Serbian and pro-Serb perspective.

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