Croats are descendants of the Serbs and the genetic match of both peoples is nearly identical, with the difference that Serbs are the older of the two peoples and therefore, practically created the Croatian nation!
Doug Bandow, a former Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan, wrote an excellent article over at the American Spectator explaining well why the European Union, Germany, NATO, and the United States were, and are still acting against the Serbs. In his article Doug Bandow points out that “The Balkans Wars may be over, but the European Union continues its biased attempt at geopolitical social engineering. As always, the principal victims are ethnic Serbs.”
Yes, that’s it. The principal victims of the EU (Germany in particular) and the US policies are the Serbs.
Well, Doug Bandow talks in his article about Bosnia:
Serb forces were brutal, but no side was innocent of atrocities. The West, however, preferred to see only Serbian crimes, intervening to impose the Dayton accords, which allowed ethnic Muslims and Croats in Bosnia to secede from Serb-dominated Yugoslavia, but required ethnic Serbs to remain in Muslim-dominated Bosnia.
And Bandow writes also about Croatia:
Allied policy toward Croatia was particularly grotesque. The West supported the anti-Semitic nationalist Franjo Tudjman, even training Croatian forces that conducted the largest campaign of ethnic cleansing — essentially wiping Serbs out of their historic homeland in Croatia’s Krajina region — until Kosovo. However, Washington and Brussels declined to criticize Zagreb for its atrocities.
Finally, Bandow writes about Kosovo:
Moreover, it is widely suspected that Berlin will insist on formal recognition of Kosovo by Serbia before agreeing to the latter’s entry. Serbs have unkindly tied Germany’s current policy to the Nazi occupation during World War II, when German forces cooperated with Croats to oppress Serbs… Reasonable border changes are the only means to ensure peace. Continuing to suppress the legitimate aspirations of ethnic Serbs throughout the Balkans risks renewed conflict.
Well, don’t just read these excerpts, read Doug Bandow’s article in full. It’s ‘Delivering Serbs to the Wolves.’ It’s well documented and true. The European Union and the United States were, and are still acting against the Serbs.
There are many stories about ethnic cleansing in the Balkans. The (western) mainstream media has mostly tried to describe how Serbs have tried to cleanse their neighbor in the region. This one sided picture is fake and not true. People are forgetting (are told to forget) brutalities made by Croats and Bosnian Muslims against Serbs and their families.
Nearly 18 years ago, in the Republic of Serbian Krajina (RSK), a Serb entity within Croatia, the Operation Storm, the biggest crime in modern Europe since WWII took place. The operation Storm was conducted by Croatian army, but had Bosnian Muslims, US and NATO support. More than 250,000 Serbs were ethnic cleansed in a matter of 84 hours, and virtually the entire population of Krajina, fled their homes, and 1,200 Serb civilians were killed.
A confidential European Union report stated that 73 percent of Serbian homes were destroyed. British journalist Robert Fisk reported the murder of elderly Serbs, many of whom were burned alive in their homes. He adds, “At Golubic, UN officers have found the decomposing remains of five people… the head of one of the victims was found 150 feet from his body. Another UN team, meanwhile is investigating the killing of a man and a woman in the same area after villagers described how the man’s ears and nose had been mutilated.” The few Serbs who remained in Krajina after the “Storm” were murdered, tortured and forcibly expelled by the Croatian Army and police.
And which Croatian military went to jail for these crimes against Humanity, against Serbs and their families? Noone!
In 2001, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY/Hague Tribunal) indicted Croatian general Ante Gotovina on a number of war crimes and crimes against humanity charges for crimes committed in 1995 during and in the aftermath of Operation Storm. In April 2011, Gotovina was found guilty on eight of the nine counts of the indictment and sentenced to 24 years of imprisonment. On 16 November 2012, after a scandalous trial, Gotovina was found not guilty on all charges by the appeals panel at the ICTY, and immediately set free. Yes, 24 years of imprisonment and after nothing!!
No a single Croat went to jail, why?
Finnish expert of the Balkans, Ari Rusila, wrote a blog post three days ago about the recent article published in Finnish leading daily newspaper showing that there is no justice for Serbs, and that the Hague Tribunal is a political tool at the hand of the United States:
The obvious reason for outcome Ante Gotovina’s trial from my perspective is that operation Storm was implemented by help of U.S. All the procedure manifests that ICTY is a political construction to implement U.S. will, to whitewash actions and war crimes implemented by U.S. and their allies and to demonize Serbs to get justification for U.S. intervention to Balkan wars.
That’s it. The Hague Tribunal is an American “puppet court.” And for these crimes against Humanity, against Serbs and their families during and after the operation Storm in Croatia, where 250,000 Serbs were ethnic cleansed and more than 1,200 Serb civilians were tortured and killed, not a single Croat was punished. It’s scandalous, it’s outrageous. Who can trust international justice? Who can trust the Hague Tribunal? Not me.
I have to admit, I was pretty surprised when I saw this Yahoo Answers question:
Of course, this isn’t even a new issue. People keep thinking Serbia is Siberia, and google maps shows sometimes that Serbia is an island located next to the Pacific Island of Guam! Well, for those who still don’t know, Serbia is a country located in Southern Europe and at the central part of Balkan peninsula. The Republic of Serbia is bordered by Hungary on the north, Romania and Bulgaria on the east, Republic of Srpska, Montenegro and Croatia on the west and FYROM (Macedonia) on the south.
Oh, and another thing. Belgrade (Beograd) is the capital of the Republic of Serbia, and it seems that people in Belgrade are much friendlier than in Croatian cities.
What do Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Greece, Turkey Have In Common? Well, the answer comes from Isaac Hand, a traveler from Cincinnati, United States, who recently visited Italy, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Greece, and Turkey. He wrote a blog post titled ‘We are under the same sky’ and pointed out that pigeons were the same everywhere. Check out his pictures from Alexandroupoli, Istanbul, Thessaloniki, Belgrade, Dubrovnik, Sarajevo, Zagreb, Venice.
I have visited Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina and Serbia and I’ve always been warmly welcomed and never felt threatened. As a keen traveller to this incredible part of the world I would like to say a few things. I can relate to the negative comments I receive when I tell people that I travel to any country within ex-Yu. The most predictable is always, “oh, don’t they have mines all over the country?” and “isn’t it extremely dangerous for foreigners to visit there?”
What most people fail to understand is that foreigners have always visited and made their home in ex-Yu for centuries and have always been as warmly welcomed then as they are today. The entire region has always set the standard for what the true definition of hospitality is all about. These days the materialism of Western Europe and North America can learn a lot about this. In my opinion only someone completely ignorant and insensitive need to worry about travelling to any part of the ex-Yu, including Serbia and Kosovo. Common sense, acceptance and unbiased understanding does indeed go a long way and in return you will get so much back. People will more likely be more open about the local feeling towards the rest of the region, and that to me is such a valuable thing to receive from the people, the local perspective.
People should really read at least one book on the recent history of any region before asking such outdated question, and also remember that most recent history is not covered by CNN. I mean, how many Americans have been to visit Vietnam as a curious tourist? They are more likely to inflame local feeling in Vietnam just by their presence than anywhere in the ex-Yu, including Serbia.
From my experience though, if you are likely to mix with people of a similar age to yourself they will most likely want to talk about music, football and things like that. The older generation are far more likely to share those stories of what the general feeling is like, and when they do the best thing to do is just listen and respect their view.
I have visited Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina and Serbia and I’ve always been warmly welcomed and never felt threatened or not included. Most outsider’s views of this region are, I find, very outdated and I’ve also found a little annoying. Through their bone idle ignorance they are missing out on so much. But I guess that ignorance is just some people’s way of coming to terms with something they have no intention to understand.
To me the region of the ex-Yu has often had many similarities to the differences between Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. Both speaking the same language and sense of warm welcome to visitors. There are certain areas of Northern Ireland that are seen as sensitive in the same way as certain areas along the borders of Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia. But as a visitor you will certainly be welcomed and you will always have the benefit of learning a real local perspective.
Last week, we wrote about how more foreigners are starting to figure it out: Belgrade is a safe and overtly friendly city. Another day gone by and another story about Begrade and Serbian hospitality. In this case, it’s Lisa Toboz, a traveler of Bloomfield who has a blog post noting that Belgrade has so much energy and friendly people:
And I’m in Belgrade! The city has so much energy. There were times I felt as if I were in New York – the loud honking of traffic, beautiful smog sky at dusk. With Ari’s knowledge of the Cyrillic alphabet and my scant Croatian vocabulary, we could decipher street signs and get around fairly well. People here are much friendlier than in Croatian cities, more helpful and willing to talk.
This reminds me of a great post Rosemary Bailey Brown wrote some months ago called “Weird Twists of Fate: Serbia vs Croatia and the Tourism Industry“. Rosemary pointed out that while it’s true that Serbia has none of the advantages of Croatia, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Croatians don’t like strangers. They’re just not a warm and welcoming people to anyone except for other Croatians, and even then, you often won’t see true warmth unless you’re a member of the family.
Which place would you rather go on vacation to?