Kevin Myers: Bosnia showed us the evil in Europe's soul
T wo of the moral turning points in 20th Century his-tory occurred in the Balkans. The first was in 1914, with the assass-inations in Sarajevo, upon which iceberg the Europe of the empires tore out its hull of common values, common sense and common civilisation.
From the ruins emerged the genocidal monsters of Communism and Nazism. Another, though lesser, turning point came some 80 years later, at Srebrenica, where all the short-lived delusions of post-totalitarian optimism came to a brutal end.
The European man who laid waste to Louvain and slaughtered thousands of civilians in France and Belgium in 1914 was still there, now slaying thousands of Muslims in Bosnia.