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Understanding EvilLessons from Bosnia$
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Keith Doubt

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227006

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823227006.001.0001

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Evil's Reason

Evil's Reason

(p.16) 3. Evil's Reason
Understanding Evil

Keith Doubt

Fordham University Press

This chapter addresses the question of what is the evil in war crimes. During the war against Bosnia, the nationalist Serb Army and the Yugoslav People's Army deliberately targeted civilian funerals. Massacres sometimes occurred during services, thus preventing family members from burying their loved ones. To address the question of the evil in war crimes, it helps first to review the social ritual that was violated and transgressed by revisiting some of the important social science literature on the subject. In modern times, the significance of the burial ceremony may be taken for granted or treated indifferently. The failure of the world to recognize the evil in the attacks on the funeral and the prevention of burial reflects a modern sensibility that neglects to recognize the significance of the burial.

Keywords:   Bosnia, evil, war crimes, burials, civilian funerals

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