In addition to being an unspeakable human evil, the decision to execute the Bosnian Muslim men is unfathomable in military terms. As Mr. Richard Butler, the Prosecution's military expert, pointed out:

- "...it is hard to envision a better bargaining chip in dealing with the political authorities of certainly the BiH government and of the International Community than having 10,000 to 15,000 Muslim men in the middle of Potocari in a legitimate prisoner of war facility under the control or supervision of certainly the UN troops that were there and the ICRC at a point in time. That is the ultimate bargaining chip, to be able to get significant political leverage from people, one would think, and this chip was thrown away for another reason..."
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