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(E) How much more absurd, not to mention unjust can things get?
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  06/21/2005 | Letters to the Editors | Unrated
(E) How much more absurd, not to mention unjust can things get?


How much more absurd, not to mention unjust can things get?

Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2005
Subject: article June 11 "Serbs hunting Mladic"

E Independent article "Serbs hunting Mladic"
Hilda M. Foley
letter to the editor
June 17, 2005

Dear Editors,

In your article of June 11. 05 written by Vesna Peric Zimonjic in
Belgrade, "Serbs Hunting Mladic" it is stated that Croatia's General
Gotovina has allegedly "orchestrated" Operation Storm in 1995, in which
soldiers "raped, tortured and killed thousands of Serbs" in the Krajina
region of Croatia.

You should really be embarrassed to be part of such a blatant lie and
exaggerations. Not even the ICTY has gone that far in its accusations in
order to equalize the aggressor Serbia with the victim Croatia. The
indictment against Gen. Gotovina mentions "command responsibility" for
the killings and "ethnic cleansing". General Gotovina was indeed the
commander of Operation Storm which, with the help of American military
advisors, finally liberated Croatia's Krajina region after five years of
brutal Serb occupation during which time hundreds of Croatians were
massacred, some one hundred thousand ethnically cleansed and their homes
looted and burned to the ground. Even the UN personnel, which was
supposed to help return the region peacefully to Croatia, instead
"helped" the Serbs with the expelling of Croatians. Their answer was that
they saved the people who would otherwise have been killed!!

General Gotovina never gave his army orders to kill civilians. Indeed, he
instructed his troops to respect international laws. There were some revenge killings by a small number of individuals, causing the death of some 150 Serbs. This number is a far
cry from the "thousands of Serbs" your article implies. After these
incidents General Gotovina ordered investigations and a number of people
were tried and sent to prison. Furthermore, while the ICTY Chief Prosecutor Del Ponte knows full well from previous testimonies given by Serbs during the Milosevic and other trials, that some 150,000 Serbs left the Krajina on orders from their own leadership, she still insists
on holding General Gotovina responsible for "ethnic cleansing".

How much more absurd, not to mention unjust can things get?

Very truly yours,

Hilda M. Foley
National Federation of Croatian Americans

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