Murder is murder is murder, I wrote last week. But genocide is not genocide, it seems. Not in Turkey, of course, whose mass murder of the Armenians reaped the lives of 1.5 million men, women and children in 1915 and whose government still “vehemently denies” that genocide ever occurred. But now – by that will-o’-the wisp which passes like a ghost through even the most earnest journalism – the slaughter of more than 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica has been demoted.
It may have been a massacre. It might even have been part of a genocide. But this week, Reuters deployed a little roadblock on the highway to historical truth. Reconciliation between Muslims and Serbs after a war which killed 100,000 has been hindered, it reported from Srebrenica, by “conflicting narratives”.