Croatia and the EU Gotcha
How about that, my letter will be published in Ireland!!
From: Brian Mulcahy < firstname.lastname@example.org >
Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2005
Subject: Re: Croatia and the EU/Gotch
Excellent reply Hilda. Will appear in a short while on letters page under
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2005
Subject: Croatia and the EU/Gotcha
Regarding your two articles of March 12, "Croatia and the EU,- "A General
Problem" and "Gotcha":
The sheer idea of Gen. Gotovina being accused of "command responsibility"
for his actions during the liberation of Croatia in 1995 even though he
never gave any commands for deliberate destruction or the killing of some
150 civilians, or for the "ethnic cleansing", when it is clearly
documented that most of the Serb population left on orders of their own
leadership before the arrival of the Croatian army, is simply ludicrous.
Especially when comparing it to the massacres and killing of tens of
thousands of civilians directly ordered by the Serb commanders Gen Mladic
and their civilian leader Karadzic in Bosnia, as occurred among other
places in Srebrenica and the shelling of Sarajevo for three years. It is
an outrage that such comparisons could be even made. One can only surmise
that it is the wish of the ICTY Prosecutor and some Western politicians
to pursue their policy of "all equally guilty" - the aggressor and the
victim, while deliberately ignoring that Croatia never set a foot on Serb
soil while everyone who followed the events of 1991-1995 would know what
aggression was perpetrated against Croatia by the Serbs - from Serbia
proper with the Yugoslav army and from within Croatia by the Serb
minority and paramilitary.
While Croatia has extradited all but this one fugitive, who most likely
is not in Croatia, Serbia has still a number of the most important
indicted war criminals walking the streets in Belgrade or hidden by the
Serb army, including Mladic and Karadzic. Considering the case of
Bosnian Croat General Blaskic, who was falsely accused and because of it
recently released having served years in prison, it should not surprise
anyone that general Gotovina refuses to give himself up. He cannot be
blind to the injustice and trumped up charges of a politicized Court.
Hilda M. Foley
National Federation of Croatian Americans
13272 Orange Knoll
Santa Ana, CA 92705