Letters to the Editor The New York Times New York, NY. March 5, 2002
The news article about Milosevic's trial (March 2) mentions that Mr. Bogdanic, the Serb director of the so-called "documentary" film: "Yugoslavia, the Avoidable War" protested Milosevic's selective use of the film as part of his defense in his war crimes trial.
Mr. Bogdanic's protests sound hollow, considering the content of his film which portrays the republics of former Yugoslavia , Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia, as "armed separatists" which gave Milosevic the right to attack them. The historic facts of the events are quite different. The "armed separatists" were the ethnic Serbs in Croatia and Bosnia, incited by Milosevic and armed by the Yugo/Serb army in order to prevent the legitimate right of the Republics to secede.
Far from the Republics' being "recognized too early", - a point made in Bogdanic's film, - it was more than shameful that it took the West six months of watching the vicious aggression on Croatia before acknowledging its legal right to independence. The "tragic breakup" was only tragic because of the aggression by Serbia, not because of the wish of the other Republics to be free of Serb domination.
Hilda M. Foley National Federation of Croatian Americans 13272 Orange Knoll Santa Ana, Ca. 92705
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