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2006.03.16. – Frano Budimlic – Making villains out of heroes

…Millions of
Serbs still believe, even after all the wars, bloodshed and
catastrophe, that Greater Serbia is their destiny. And that
it is attainable. Nothing has changed in Serbia. Milosevic
is gone. But the Serbian political, intellectual and religious
elites that yearn for a Serbian empire live on…There
is no just peace or closure being reached in The Hague. The
tribunal’s existence serves one purpose. The rehabilitation
of Serbia and the criminalization of the Croatian Homeland
War.

The
vilification of Gotovina in the so-called Croatian media is
incessant. They are intent on psychologically preparing Croatians
for The West-Balkan Union by trampling the Homeland War and
its victors. But Gotovina has nothing to lose or hide. He
defeated Milosevic on the battlefield when it counted. How
did his countrymen repay him? They guaranteed him a trip to
The Hague.
 
An interesting thing happened recently on the international scene.
Slobodan Milosevic, widely known as the "butcher from Belgrade,"
died in his cell in The Hague. Milosevic shook the world in the late
1980’s and early 1990’s with his rise to power and all the wars he
mastered-minded against Serbia’s neighboring peoples and nations in
the years to come. His demise came after the turn of the millennium
when his own people forced him out of power. Whether or not it was
economic shambles or the pariah status that Serbia had gained in the
90’s, or the fact that the Slobodan wasn’t winning the wars his people
wanted him to win drove him from power– is quite debatable. For all
the social and economic hardship the Serbians have come to endure;
in spite of all the international embarrassment and ridicule, there
is much evidence the Serbs have not experienced the required catharsis
that everyone hoped they would. Serious social and political indicators
speak volumes of the prevailing mood in the Balkan nation. Many Serbs,
even while proclaiming their disgust for Milosevic, yearn for a Greater
Serbia. The chalice. The Holy Grail. The prize that has mesmerized
the minds and captured the hearts of millions of Serbs is still sought
after. Milosevic was not the problem. Serbian imperialism was and
remains the problem. Millions of Serbs still believe, even after all
the wars, bloodshed and catastrophe, that Greater Serbia is their
destiny. And that it is attainable. Nothing has changed in Serbia.
Milosevic is gone. But the Serbian political, intellectual and religious
elites that yearn for a Serbian empire live on.

Last December, Croatian
general Ante Gotovina was caught and shipped to The Hague to stand
trial for crimes he did not nor could have committed. Gotovina led
Croatian forces to a lightning-quick liberation and victory in 1995.
Greater Serbia, in Croatia at least, was defeated. The Croatian
general brought a lasting peace to Croatia and neighboring Bosnia
by shattering the Milosevic-spawned Serbian resistance and rebellion
to Croatian independence once and for all. It did not matter to
the international community that Gotovina first defended then successfully
liberated his nation, which was the victim of a foreign-backed insurrection
on Croatian territory. Gotovina represents Croatia. The victim of
aggression. As opposed to Milosevic, the deployer of aggression.
It did not matter, for both would make their home in The Hague.
The International Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has
become the model for moral relativism in the International community.
It is the epitome of an instrument of politics on a grand scale.
It does not take into account history or facts. It does not care
who was the aggressor or who was the victim of aggression. It only
cares to revise history. A criminal revision that has already mustered
new resentment, anger and distrust between all parties involved
in the ex-Yugoslav wars. There is no just peace or closure being
reached in The Hague. The tribunal’s existence serves one purpose.
The rehabilitation of Serbia and the criminalization of the Croatian
Homeland War.

So with
Milosevic now dead, not convicted of anything he committed in the
1990s, Gotovina remains, awaiting the start of his trial. Media
reports allege that Gotovina came to befriend Milosevic quickly
after his arrival. They allegedly spent time together talking and
taking walks. Shocking, some might say. But to me, not in the least
bit. These are acts of jailhouse solidarity and courtesy, nothing
else. However, Milosevic belonged in The Hague, Gotovina does not.
Milosevic was a mass-murderer, while Gotovina is not. Milosevic
was the leader of the Serbians and a political figurehead. Gotovina
was a soldier. Milosevic incited wars, while Gotovina defended his
people against them. Gotovina was the victor and Milosevic was the
loser. None of this matters. Gotovina recognizes this, and his conscience
is clear. And he has now warranted the ironic disgust of the many
who helped ensure he’d be sent to The Hague to stand trial at the
same court that attempted to convict Milosevic. Gotovina gave his
condolences to Milosevic’s family, sparking controversy in Croatia
and leading the same members of the political and media elites that
sold him down the river to question his moral integrity and even
his patriotism. The same people that lobbied for his indictment,
capture and extradition. The political pundits that have for years
equated his valiant role as defender with that of Milosevic the
aggressor, now have the gall to question his judgment with another
wicked propaganda campaign aimed at the image of Gotovina. The Pharisees
in Croatia have once again reared their ugly heads. They will stop
at nothing to tarnish the image of a man who led a successful Croatian
army in the defeat of Milosevic’s henchmen. The vilification of
Gotovina in the so-called Croatian media is incessant. They are
intent on psychologically preparing Croatians for The West-Balkan
Union by trampling the Homeland War and its victors. But Gotovina
has nothing to lose or hide. He defeated Milosevic on the battlefield
when it counted. How did his countrymen repay him? They guaranteed
him a trip to The Hague.

-Frano Budimlic


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