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The very first edition came out on Saturday, June 13, 1992

July 18, 1992 Number 6

My Corner

What's happening in Yugoslavia,
Part 4.
(the Serbian view)

The central idea behind the Serbian involvement in the current war in the Balkans is:

ALL SERBS MUST LIVE UNITED IN ONE COUNTRY.

As the Serbian partisan, Milan Pirocanac emphasized in 1895: “Unification of all Serbdom in one political state must be the beginning and the final goal of every Serbian government. Serbia as a servant of the great Serbian idea must work for no other objective.” [Serbian Liberating Idea, (Srpska oslobodilacka ideja) Doko Slijepcevic, Iskra GmbH, Munich, 1983, p 27.]

In other words, Serbia is wherever Serbs live. During the decade of the 80's, Yugoslavia saw the rise of a charismatic Serbian leader, Mr. Slobodan Milosevic. His singular political slogan centered around the protection of Serbs everywhere. “No one shall be beating Serbs any longer, any where,” was his most popular war cry uttered at Gazimestan in 1989 where the Serbs celebrated 600 years of a tragedy.

Another guiding idea is that of the Serbian people's tragic destiny. They were the ones who stopped the Turks on their way to Europe, they were the ones who stopped the Germans (starting with the Austrians) on their Push Eastward, they are the misunderstood liberators of their Slavic brothers and sisters:

It was the Serbian liberators' triumphs which made it possible for the Croats and the Slovenes to decide for themselves about themselves and to gather and unite in their national areas and realize that which is made impossible for the Serbs today. And it is in that fact where the nucleus and the depth of the Serbian tragedy and drama lies. [Serbian Liberating Idea, p.8.]

The anti-serbian elements, encouraged and nourished from Vienna, made the idea of Serbian liberation and unification a crime, and from the idea of one Great Serbia spun out the thesis of Serbian hegemonism. [Ibid, p. 13.]

Therefore, the Serbs of Croatia and the Serbs of Bosnia-Hercegovina must unite with the mother country, Serbia. It can not be allowed for Serbs anywhere to be once again separated from their brothers and sisters in their ancient homeland.

The myth of historical greatness and destiny to liberate others, combined with the supernatural heroicism and fear, lead the Serbian leaders to step into the past, revive the ancient memories and go on a crusade to prevent Croats and Bosnians to achieve their own statehoods. Serbs rose up in the style of the Serbian uprisings against the Turks of the bygone era but with the modern weaponry of enormous destructive power. The Serbian nation resorted to barbarism instead of the civilized ways of negotiation, give-and-take, and compromises to achieve its seemingly noble goals.

How else do you explain the tragedy of 15,000 dead and 2 million displaced persons in two countries with a combined population of about 9 million? However, all this can be justified, apparently:

Serbs cannot allow themselves to become subjects of the Croatian State, knowing that about 750,000 of their people died during the Second World War through the atrocities of the Croatian Ustashe (an equivalent of the SS Nazi troops). ... The Serbs in Krajina and Slavonia are fighting for survival due to fear of another holocaust.

Facing a potential genocide, the Serbs in Krajina and Slavonia are not trying to occupy or annex parts of Croatia. They have lived in their own land for centuries and these lands were illegally incorporated into Nazi Croatia fifty years ago, and in 1945 included by Tito into ‘Republic of Croatia’ administrative area. Thus, the Serbs are not seeking the Croatian land, but defending their own Serbian land that was annexed by Croatia. This is the main reason for the civil war in Yugoslavia. The Croats want to keep the territorial loot of fifty years ago. The Serbs do not want to do anything with independent Croatia, and are afraid that the past holocaust may repeat itself. ["Drawing the Serbo-Croatian Boundary in Yugoslavia, A Summary," a paper by Branko Colakovic presented to the Geography Conference in San Diego, April 1992]

The above quote is taken from a most preposterous thesis, a thesis full of lies and historical falsifications which deserves attention only to show the depth of the deceit to which the creators and the perpetrators of the Serbian doctrine resort in order to justify the crimes they committed in Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia-Hercegovina, and are likely to commit elsewhere.

“The Croats are entitled to their ethnic area only.” [Ibid] The Croato-Serbian border line should consequently be as suggested in the same paper (the nationality boundaries were added from another source):

In addition to the historicism of the arguments presented above, a military plan has been in place to help realize the “unification of all Serbs.” “Oslobodjenje,” the Sarajevo daily of October 2, 1991 published an interview with a Yugoslav Army military analyst who describes Plan “Ram.” This is a very detailed tactical and strategic military and political plan for the full Serbian takeover of areas to the East of the Croat-Serbian line. We see its bloody realization today.

Warring Parties?

It is becoming really offensive to hear labeling of both the Serbian aggressors and Bosnian defenders as “warring factions.” It seems to be a concerted effort to minimize the injustices of terrorism perpetrated in Croatia and B-H by the Serbian forces of aggression. It is time to stop it and call the evil by its proper name — Serbs are the agressors. Muslims and Croats are the defenders.

What's New

Saturday, 7/11 — 28 dead in B-H today, 19 flights arrive to Sarajevo. The crisis of Gorazde, a small city of 70,000 predominantly Muslim residents (together with 30,000 refugees from surrounding areas, 12,000 children) in Eastern Bosnia deepens. Serbian troops surround the city and pound it with continuous artillery barrage.

In Bihac, a city in NE B-H with predominantly Muslim and Croatian population, 5 people die, 23 are wounded from unrelenting Serbian attacks.

Slavonska Posavina (area in the central portion of Croatia-B-H border along the river Sava) continues to be pounded from Serbian positions across the river.

Dubrovnik, Sl. Brod, Stolac attacked. Fresh troops being brought into South-Eastern B-H from Serbia and Montenegro.

Baby Zaneda Azic with a failing heart still waiting to be transported out of Sarajevo to receive medical attention. Her father was killed yesterday. The mother was not told.

Sunday, 7/12 — Sarajevo suburb Dobrinja finally receives food relief packages. 18 planes land today.

Yugoslav army bombards several cities from airplanes using cluster bombs (Gorazde, Prnjavor, Sl. Svilaj). Dubrovnik bombarded again today.

Heavy fighting for Gradacac in North-Central B-H. Serbs trying to establish a land corridor through Northern B-H in order to connect the plundered areas which they occupy with Serbia.

Monday, 7/13 — Eight people die overnight in Sarajevo, 23 in B-H. Baby girl Zaneda has been taken out to Ljubljana hospital.

The Gorazde crisis mounting.

Internal refugees and the ones from B-H (over 600,000) constitute insurmountable problem for Croatian government.

Dubrovnik, and numerous other cities in Croatia and B-H suffer additional bombardment.

UNPROFOR HQ in Sarajevo bombarded, a child dies, 16 wounded.

Tuesday, 7/14 — Six die in Sarajevo, four in Mostar, 31 in Gorazde.

Yugoslavia gets a new Prime Minister who promises to fight for peace, Mr. Milan Panic.

Member of UNPROFOR kills a Serbian sniper in Sarajevo.

Radovan Karadzic, the leader of Bosnian Serbs, proposes another “unconditional, unilateral” cease-fire.

Wednesday, 7/15 — Oil refinery in Bosanski Brod is afire.

10,000+ refugees pour into Croatia daily.

Thursday, 7/16 — Three people die in Bihac, 10 in Sarajevo, one in Mostar, 23 in B-H.

Bombs slam into a soccer stadium in Slavonski Brod with 2,000 Bosnian refugees in it waiting for relocation — at least 10 die, 60 are wounded.

Friday, 7/17 — Six people die in Sarajevo, 26 in B-H.

A cease-fire, signed in London, to become effective on Sunday, at 6:00 p.m. Sarajevo time (noon EDT) and last for 14 days to allow refugees to return (or leave), and heavy artillery to be collected and be put under the UNPROFOR supervision.

Douglas Hurd, British Foreign Affairs Minister visits Sarajevo: “Serbia is to blame for the war in B-H. Integrity of B-H must be preserved.”

Latest news: This morning CNN reports that two French officers were killed in Croatia when one of them stepped on a land mine. I hope that their families will be able to accept our condolences.

In summary,

  • 120+ are known to die in B-H this week,
  • heavy fighting continues throughout the North-Central, Eastern, and Western B-H, and in Eastern Croatia and Dubrovnik region,
  • a new cease-fire signed on Friday,
  • the refugee crisis reaches new heights in Croatia,
  • Gorazde still survives and the Serbs continue their despicable works of destruction.

On a Personal Note

Mira says that on Tuesday, her family received a large relief food package — mostly flower, canned meat, and powder milk. She sends many thanks.

Ivana, her 11-old daughter broke down during one of the bombardments, she screamed: “Make them stop, make them stop!” Will she and many others ever be able to recover from this uninvited tragedy?

I am worried since I could not get through to Mira since Tuesday.

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