This chapter discusses ethnic cleaning in Bosnia. The term “ethnic cleansing” is a widely misused euphemism for the arrests, expulsions, rapes, and murders of Bosnian citizens. The use of this phrase obstructs an adequate understanding of the activity that the term labels. The term is euphemistic because the word “cleansing” implies an activity that is ordinary, harmless, and even beneficial. However, there was nothing ordinary, harmless, or beneficial about the arrests, expulsions, rapes, and murders of hundreds of thousands of Bosnian citizens.
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