Recently Deceased Mike Wallace: 1995 Interview with President Radovan Karadzic

by Sparta on April 8, 2012

in Bosnia, mainstream media, Serbia, Stella (Stavroula) Jatras

Following is a letter I wrote regarding the interview with the now dearly departed Mike Wallace and Serbian Bosnian President, Radovan Karadzic in September of 1995.
Mike Wallace
“In 1995, Mike Wallace on CBS 60 Minutes interviewed then-President Radovan Karadzic. When President Karadzic brought up the atrocities committed by Croatians, Hitler’s ally during World War II, Mike Wallace reared back in his chair and incredulously said, “But SIR! That was over 50 years ago!” How ironic that a man of Jewish descent would make such a statement, as though “NEVER AGAIN,” did not apply to the extermination of Serbs during World War II and therefore, their genocide was of no real significance.”


Miroslav Antic – Wed, 14 Nov 2001 14:52:37 0800

Open Letter to Serbian Organizations and to the Serbian community,

Ref: “Documenting a Death Camp in Nazi Croatia,” New York Times, 14 November 2001

To whom it may concern:

This is in reference to an interview conducted by Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes with former Bosnian President, Radovan Karadzic in September of 1995. At the interview, the former president spoke of the genocide of Serbs, Jews and Gypsies by the fascist Croatian Ustashi, allied with Hitler in World War II, to which Mr. Wallace, with an incredulous look on his face, replied, But Sir, that was over 50 years ago!”

President Karadzic also brought up the brutality of Muslim soldiers [Mujahedin] which included roasting of Serb prisoners, to which Mr. Wallace again replied, negatively, “I never saw those photos,” as though this were proof that the atrocities never happened. In a letter sent to Mr. Wallace from Professor Peter Maher, dated 19 September 1995, Professor Maher offered to send the photos and videos of the roasted prisoners. However, it was obvious by Mr. Wallace’s demeanor that the story of the roasted Serb prisoners had to be false and that the president was lying.

In further response to Mr. Wallace’s insensitive concerns of the genocide of Serbs, Jews and Gypsies, I personally wrote a letter to Mr. Wallace, dated 19 September 1995, as did Bill Dorich, in a letter dated November 3, 1996.

Mr. Wallace never responded to any of our letters.

During the interview, Mike Wallace was both rude to President Karadzic and displayed insensitivity to the suffering of Serbs, Jews and Gypsies during WWII and discarded any possibility of Bosnian Muslim force atrocities, such as the roasting of Serb prisoners. His obvious willingness to accept that all atrocities occurring in Bosnia were being committed by Serbian forces helped to demonize the Serbs in the eyes of the American people.

Therefore, it would behoove all Serb organizations to write Mr. Wallace in view of the recent discovery of documents regarding the genocide of Serbs, Jews and Gypsies at Jasenovac and ask for an apology from Mr. Wallace for his lack of sensitivity and for his rudeness towards former President Bosnian President Radovan Karadzic. His rudeness and his negative attitude towards the former Bosnian Serbian President was obvious from the beginning of the interview and help to solidify the permanent demonizing of the Serbs.

I would also go even further and ask 60 minutes to do a program on the discovery of these documents and repudiate the September 1995 interview by Mr. Wallace.

Sincerely submitted,

Stella L. Jatras

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