Historical chronology of the ongoing repressions against the Serbs

17.10.2019

One may take for example the WW2 genocide in the Nazi concentration camp of Jasenovac, where roughly 700 000 Serbs were brutally killed - which makes around 16 percent of the expelled Serb population.

The national commission of Croatia at the International Justice Court has confirmed this statistical number in the briefing. It is more important to mention that the Ustasha movement who performed this gruesome genocide was part of the Nazi fascist branch of the Hitler Influence in the Balkans. The case is an open wound, which even at 40 years after the end of the World War II is to be a spark that will trigger the Yugoslav wars. After the Second World War Tito’s Communist Party executed many Ustasha leaders. No one ever mentioned Jasenovac during the long rule of the Communist Party in Yugoslavia. The years went by, and everybody thought that a collision between the Serbs and Croats in the multicultural Yugoslavia could never take place.

In 1991, shortly before the collapse of the federation, a former prisoner of Goli Otok, known for his separatist ideas promoting Croatia as an independent country without minorities has started a campaign to declare Croatia an independent country. Many of the Serbs that were living in Croatia at the time, especially in the region called Krajina did not accept this. Then in May 1991 a referendum was held for declaration of independence of Croatia.

The Serbs boycotted the referendum because they were aware that if they went on to vote in favor of the cruel politics of Croatia’s nationalist leader - Franjo Tudjman , this would have tragic consequences regarding the questions of security that rose in the beginning of the 1990s. After the referendum was held, the turnout was roughly around 80 percent and the voters who voted for an Independent Croatia, however, no one asked the Serbs if they wanted to stay in Yugoslavia or not. They were not mentioned in the new constitution, in which it was foreseen for Croatia to be ethnically clean country.

Around 350 000 Serbs, who boycotted the referendum started seizing their land and making road blocks. Eventually this led to a civil war. None of this would have happened if Franjo Tudjman’s Nationalist Party had not made such crucial and nationalistic moves in the beginning of the 90s which made the Serbs afraid that Jasenovac could be their new future. For 4.5 years the independent Republic of Serbian Krajina was to exist. Many people fell on this territory. It was constituted on the territories which constituted of ethnic Serbs.

Eventually in July, 1995, at around 5 am, the operation “Storm” performed by the Croatian army with the help of Western powers began. The estimate deaths were that throughout this operation more than 2000 civilians of Krajina were killed and another 250 000 ethnic Serbs that were living in Krajina were sent to exile. The Croatian nationalists celebrated this as the Victory Day. The casualties were never even mentioned by the Western powers.

The orthodox Christian population in Croatia declined from roughly 18 percent to 4 percent in a DAY … 20 years after this genocide, when every Balkan nation begin heading towards the EU and NATO, something very expected took place. On August the 4th, on the same day and 20 years after the operation, Croatia celebrated a tremendous military parade.

I ask myself, how can the killing of over 2000 people, and forcing 250 000 people to leave their homes to be celebrated like this? After the nationalist singer Thompson, famous for his calls out on killing Serbs, held a concert in Croatia.

Around 30000 people in one voice were calling out “Kill the Serbs”, and “We don’t drink wine, we drink the blood of the Serbs”. I ask myself, if this is the message that Croatian people are sending to us, and the EU is not taking any repercussions towards Croatia as a full legitimate member of NATO and EU, then why are we so defined and determined to enter into this Hybrid Federation? We are ready to accept any condition that the EU has ever mentioned since 2005, we have made incredible losses in our economy just to be an EU member, and why? For “friendly neighbors” that are crying out “Kill Serbs”? Is this the EU policy of no aggression, freedom of speech and democracy? What should we expect when we enter the EU?

… I think that there are more strategic solutions for Serbia, for example the new Euro Asian Pact, or the BRICS. Why were there no trials by the International Court of Justice on the genocide of Serbs at Krajina? Why are we so determined to enter the EU? I think we should turn to the east and focus on where: our Slavic brothers are banning the GMO; where the traditional values are more important than the same sex marriages; where family is traditionally consisted of 4 or more members, not as in the EU where the divorce rate is the highest in the World.

Talking about mentality, we as Slavs are much closer to Czechs, Russians, Belarusians and we should make strategic steps towards creating strong bonds with these countries. We speak the same language, we are practicing the same religion, and our names are the same. Do I need to mention how many Russians died for Belgrade in the World War 2? Do I need to mention how many Serbs were killed by the Nazi powers? Do I need to mention that we had the same enemy at our doorstep and we managed to free ourselves with a strong belief of unity with the Russians, Belarusians, Ukrainians, Poles and other Slavic people? It all comes to maintaining the national heritage that our grandparents left us so we must fight for our future. We must not allow being extinct as Slavic people, but we need to unite to do so. In Croatia there are nationalists but also there are good people with great hearts. Many Croats in the war against the Nazi powers in World War 2 gave their lives for the Slavic Brotherhood in the Balkans. In the Balkans we, the Slavs, are divided by religion and political opinion. But we shall unite and bury our guns and work towards bright future. Normal people do not like war… I think that we learned the lesson in the 1990s, and now it is time to start from the beginning and make the Balkans a better place for our children and future generations.