July 20, 2010
Regarding ‘Serbia, Croatia to stop ‘looking back at the past‘:
The problems between Serbs and Croats do not just date back to Croatia’s secession from Yugoslavia in 1991. They go back much further to World War II, when Croatia was a willing – nay, eager and enthusiastic – satellite state of Nazi Germany with its own ‘SS’ called the Ustashe, who butchered at least 700,000 Serbs, Gypsies and Jews, mostly Serbs, at Jasenovac Concentration Camp in Croatia. Jasenovac comes third in line for the highest number of killings in a concentration camp during that war, yet it is rarely even mentioned in western schools.
Under Tito, Croatia got a free pass for those unimaginably horrific crimes, including for their WWII policy of dealing with the Serbs who lived in Croatia: kill a third, expel a third and convert a third to Catholicism. In 1991, the many Serbs who had lived for generations in Croatia had nothing to look forward to after Croatia’s secession but open harassment, ill treatment, and likely death by butchery, from a now, again, independent Croatia that still harbours nostalgia for its Nazi past. THAT is why the war was brutal in Croatia in the 1990s – those who had been victimised by Croatia in WWII did not intend to become Croatia’s victims again.
Nevertheless, they did become victims, yet again, thanks to NATO/Clinton’s support for the pro-Nazi Croats and the propaganda against and betrayal of our WWII allies, the Serbs, who gave up countless lives to fight Fascism and who have throughout history been the main stalwart against Muslim expansion in Europe.
It isn’t the Serbs who should stop looking to the past. It’s the rest of us that should start looking to it in order to get an accurate understanding of the unfolding of history.
Private citizenAuthor : Letters to the EurActiv editor