Could the violent break up of Yugoslavia have been avoided? What role did Western intervention play in the tragedy that consumed the multi-ethnic country? "Yugoslavia - The Avoidable War," a 2h 45 min minute film, addresses these questions in a well-documented, powerful indictment of misguided intervention in the region. The documentary which took four years to produce, and which was updated following NATO intervention in Kosovo, investigates how serious errors and misjudgments made by Western powers particularly Germany and the United States -- helped spark the violent break up of the former Yugoslavia in 1991 and continue to destabilize the region in the new millennium. "Yugoslavia the Avoidable War" documents the role of Western intelligence agencies in providing aid to armed separatists and reveals how Western governments supported different sides in an ethnic conflict while portraying themselves as peacemakers. Most compelling are the candid statements of the decision-makers themselves, including former EC Mediator Lord Peter Carrington, former US Secretaries of State James Baker and Lawrence Eagleburger, as well as Germany's former foreign minister, Hans Dietrich Genscher.
Jan 18, 2012, 11:10:28
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