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|July 18, 1992||Number 6|
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.”
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.