View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Sunday 11 July

A cold and wet start to the day, but the weather appears to be brightening up at the moment. What a luxury, to complain about cold weather, when elsewhere the birds drop down dead from the roofs due to excessive heat.

Four days ago, it was 15 years ago since Srebrenica was overrun by Bosnian Serb forces, in spite of the fact that it was a UN protected enclave in Bosnian Serb territory. The Dutch UN battalion was unable to halt the Bosnian Serb advance. Once they had established supremacy, the Serbs gathered up the male population of Srebrenica and took them into nearby woodlands. Some 8,000 were murdered; 6,000 have to date been buried at a cemetery in nearby Potocari. An interesting article on Dutch news site states that reconciliation appears to be in progress, with both sides recognising that continuing anger over events in the 1990s serves no constructive purpose. The military commandant of the Bosnian Serbs, Ratko Mladic remains at large; their former president, Radovan Karadzic, is facing the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague on multiple counts of genocide.


  1. People are never really happy with the weather,are they??? We had an expectionally long and very cold winter and now we have up to 38° in the shade here in the backwoods were all moaning its too hot!

  2. Isn't it funny how there can be such a different weather system all in the same country. We still hav eit nice and warm in Witshire warm enough for me to have the fan on sitting in front of me !! even although it is cloudy. Maybe we will have a bit rain tonight we sure could do with it for the plants, the rain in our water butts ran out long ago. Thank goodness for my great neighbour who is so faithful in watering etc etc..
    Love Sybil x

  3. I still can't believe that genocide was perpetrated in Europe in this day and age. I would have thought the Holocaust was enough of a lesson about man's inhumanity to man for it to never happen again.
    What rises up inside man at times like this? Heaven alone knows.