No. Not the Iraq war. Not the Persian Gulf War. The war I am speaking of is the war that happened in Bosnia, Serbia, and Croatia in the 90's. Our nanny is, as we speak, in Prishtina serving a mission. She's teaching English as a foreign language to young adults. I totally support that. However, I was trying to give her some background on the War and explaining to her that my discomfort comes from the fact that the war was genocidal and religion played a large part in that genocide. Her being there as a missionary is a bit hard for me to swallow since I look at the country and think, "Um...should we really be drawing lines right now?"
Her roommate, another missionary, apparently has disagreed with my conclusion that the wars were fueled by religion (particularly, the chasm between Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Islam). She claims that it was only "ethnic cleansing". I'm hoping she'll come here to give her side and present her evidence for such a claim.
I understand the ethnicity was a factor,...but, how do we define ethnicity in a country wherein people look pretty much the same and social classes are wide? I argue that people were identified by their religion. I've read multiple sources and spoke to multiple people (including refugees) who back up that claim. But, apparently, I might be wrong...so, what do YOU think? Were the wars of the early 90's, in Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, Albania, and Yugoslavia due to religious genocide or something else?