That’s not what happened in Srebrenica. On July 11, 1995, the U.N. peacekeepers deployed to protect the town stood by and watched as Bosnian Serb troops killed as many as 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the worst tragedy Europe had witnessed since the Holocaust. (Video via United Nations)
The U.N. has since apologized for failing to do its job. But 20 years later, are the “blue helmets” any better equipped to prevent another massacre?
In 2013, the U.N. Security Council ditched its policy of peacekeepers acting only in self-defense, instead launching what it called a “force intervention brigade” aimed at disarming the rebels. (Video via United Nations)
But the peacekeepers were repeatedly accused of inaction as the rebels continued to terrorize locals. (Video via Al Jazeera)