NATIONAL FEDERATION OF CROATIAN AMERICANS
1329 CONNECTICUT AVENUE, N.W., WASHINGTON, D.C. 20036
PHONE: (202) 331-2830 NFCAhdq@aol.com FAX: (202) 331-0050
I sent to following letter concerning a large article in the Money and Business Section of the
Sunday New York Times concerning MPRI, an outside consulting firm which was hired by the
Croatian military. The tone of the article as it relates to Croatia can be gathered from the letter.
There are, incidently, some additional interesting facts in the article related to MPRI's activities in
BH. Please write letters to them as well.
October 12, 2002
Letters, Money & Business
The New York Times, 229 West 43rd Street
New York, New York 10036
Re: "America’s For-Profit Secret Army," by Leslie Wayne, October 13, 2002
To the Editor:
Your story concerning MPRI’s role in Croatia’s 1995 "Operation Storm" fails to mention that the
military action successfully destroyed a brutal occupation regime which had expelled tens of
thousands of non-Serbs and was responsible for the deaths of 15,000 Croatians. The Serb civilianswho left the area were not forced to leave by the Croatian Army as the vast majority abandonedtheir homes even before the arrival of Croatian troops.
To call Operation Storm "one of the bloodiest episodes of ‘ethnic cleansing’" is a falsification of
history. Several hundred Serb civilians have been confirmed as having been killed in a territory
larger than Vermont, in comparison to the over 200,000 Croats and Muslims killed by Serb forcesduring the course of the war.
Your article further incorrectly implies that several Croatian generals have been indicted by the
war crimes tribunal in the Hague with respect to Operation Storm. In fact, only one Croatian
officer has been charged under a highly suspect and controversial indictment concerning the
Very truly yours,
John Peter Kraljic
President, National Federation of Croatian Americans
NB - This letter may be edited for publication.