There are no saints, no angels, no devils in the war in Yugoslavia which
dismembered a sovereign power, caused the uprooting of millions, and the
extraordinarily myopic criteria which may very well haunt civilized man
for generations to come.
"Perfidy in the Balkans - the Rape of Yugoslavia" is the passionate
howl of rage from an author who asks some trenchant questions. Could this
dreadful war have been avoided? Why are the primary victims primarily victimized?
What was the real role of Germany in the destruction
of the country? What induced America to adopt a policy so one-sided that
it may very well be contributiong to a wider conflict? Why has the world
press declared its own war against the people of Serbia? By what right
and by using what criteria does the United Nations imperil the lives of
10 million people? For those interested in the Balkans and in justice,
this book is indispensable.
Living in Greece since 1987 and foreign correspondent for a number of
key American and European publications, Arnold Sherman has been writing
about Yugoslavia for years, first as a travel writer and then covering
the political upheavals that led to the dismemberment of that country.
He was in Coratia and Slovenia while foth of the former Yugoslavian republics
were nearing secession. He interviewed top Muslim officials in Sarajevo
at a moment in history when civil was still seemed unthinkable and spoke
to Serb and Montenegrin officials who refused to belive that old Yugoslavia
could and would perish.
Born in New York City in 1932, Sherman was news editor of the prestigious
American weekly, "Aviation Week and Space Technology" before joining El
Al Israel Airlines. His final position in Israel was with the Technion
University in Haifa. His writing about high technology earned him the coveted
Haifa literary award in 1985 while his poetry and other writings have been
antologized. His books have been translated into five languages.
Sherman admited that he "cannot write dispassiobately about Yugoslavia.
I was involved in the welter of events from the very beginning. I saw the
tragedy unfold and I was called back to witness not only the massacre of
people, but the death of a dream". Ranging from a volume of poetry to five
war books about the Middle East as well as novels and travelogs, "PERFIDY
IN THE BALKANS" is the 28th book written by Arnold Sherman.
Short excerpts from the book where Mr. Arnold Sherman talks about...