Worst act of ethnic cleansing in Yugoslavia

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Jul 22 07:49:34 MDT 2003


What's Left
July 21, 2003

Was the US behind the single greatest act of ethnic cleansing in
Yugoslavia?

By Stephen Gowans

It was one of those peeks into what really happened that are
occasionally glimpsed long after anyone cares, like finding out after
the invasion of Iraq that the US and Britain had already begun aerial
operations to pick apart Iraq's defenses long before the invasion had
begun, at a time both countries were denying they had already made a
decision to go to war ("U.S. Moved Early for Air Supremacy: Airstrips on
Iraqi Defenses Began Long Before Invasion, General Says," The Washington
Post, July 20, 2003). Those who saw the news reports may have raised
their eyebrows, but the reports were too obscure to have flitted, even
briefly, across the consciousness of most (even ardent) newspaper
readers. The secret, though technically out, remained a secret, lost in
the deluge of other news, bereft of any urgency for being about an event
that had happened months before.

So who's going to care about something that happened almost eight years
ago?

"In early August 1995," writes researcher Gregory Elich, "the Croatian
invasion of Serbian Krajina precipitated the worst refugee crisis of the
Yugoslav civil war. Within days, more than two hundred thousand Serbs,
virtually the entire population of Krajina, fled their homes, and 14,000
Serbian civilians lost their lives." ("The invasion of Serbian Krajina,"
NATO in the Balkans: Voices of Opposition, International Action Center,
New York, 1998.)

This was Operation Storm, "the largest single act of ethnic cleansing of
the Yugoslav civil war," according to Even Dyer, a journalist with CBC
Radio. "And yet not one person has been arrested and brought before the
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia" ("Croatian
atrocities being forgotten: Cdn. Officers," CBC News, July 21, 2003.)

The popular mythology about the Yugoslav civil war is that it was the
Serbs, led by Slobodan Milosevic, who embarked on a program of ethnic
cleansing to create a greater Serbia. Milosevic is on trial at the Hague
Tribunal, facing genocide charges.

So it should strike a dissonant chord that:

--the single greatest act of ethnic cleansing does not have the Serb's
signature on it (they were the victims); and

--the Hague Tribunal, which professes to be impartial, has done nothing
to bring the authors of the atrocity to book.

full: http://www3.sympatico.ca/sr.gowans/ethnic.html

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