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Subject: Croatian atrocities documented
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Croatian atrocities documented ---------- */
**Croatian atrocities documented in Balkans**
Months after the fall of Serbian Krajina, Croatian troops continue their rampage through the region. A three day offensive at the beginning of August drove out virtually the entire population of 250,000 Serbs. Only a few thousand elderly Serbs remained behind.
Croatian special police units, operating under the Ministry of
Internal Affairs, are systematically looting abandoned Serbian
villages. Everything of value—cars, stereos, televisions,
furniture, farm animals—is plundered. The homes are then set
afire. The arson continues unabated, and a European Union report says
that 73 percent of Serbian homes have been destroyed. Troops of the
Croatian army are also responsible, and often write the initials
NDH on walls of burnt out Serb buildings.
the Independent State of Croatia—the pro-Nazi puppet state in
World War II. The use of these initials is popular among neo-Nazi
The few remaining Serbs are subjected to terror and murder. A
confidential European Union report says,
Evidence of atrocities, an
average of six corpses per day, continues to emerge. The corpses, some
fresh, some decomposed, are mainly of old men. Many have been shot in
the back of the head or had throats slit, others have been mutilated
…. Serb lands continue to be torched and looted.
Following a recent visit in the region, a member of the Zagreb
Helsinki Committee reported,
Virtually all Serb villages had been
destroyed …. In a village near Knin 11 bodies were found; some
of them were massacred in such a way that it was not easy to see
whether the body was male or female.
U.N. spokesman Chris Gunnes stated that U.N. personnel continue to discover bodies, many of whom had been decapitated. U.N. personnel noted the existence of several mass graves.
According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, there is no trace of the 10,000 Serb refugees who had been trapped while attempting to flee the invasion.
The Croatian Parliament has passed a law authorizing the seizure of Serbian property. Serbs are allowed to reclaim their property within only 90 days if they file a series of time-consuming forms, and if they return to the area while Croatian troops are murdering Serbs.
Leading Croatian General Zvonimir Cervenko recently referred to Serbs
chetniks, shepherds and Neanderthals. During a triumphalist
train journey through Krajina, Croatian President Franjo Tudjman gave
his view of events while speaking at each railway station:
finally crushed the Yugo-communist and Serb aggression against
Croatia. Tudjman claimed,
The Croatian people will greet
… with open hands and love in their hearts … the return of
[Croatian emigres] who were driven away from the Croatian land
driven away emigres Tudjman refers to are
pro-Nazi war criminals from World War II.
Now that Croatia is free,
they can return, and we shall offer them lands, farms, and a free
country. Tudjman had this to say about Serbs:
And there can be
no return to the past, to the times when they were spreading cancer in
the heart of Croatia, a cancer that was destroying the Croatian
Peter Galbraith, U.S. ambassador to Croatia, rejected criticism of the
invasion. According to Galbraith, the invasion cannot be called
ethnic cleansing, because he defined this term as something
Serbs do. Galbraith added that the invasion
could prove to be a
positive step towards peace. Despite this pronouncement, the war
continues and NATO is preparing to send in upwards of 75,000 troops to
occupy Bosnia and other parts of the former Yugoslavia.