Mishka Gora pays tribute to Operation Storm: “Today, the fourth of August, is a day for thanksgiving, because without Operation Storm Croatia’s Adriatic coast would not be a tourists’ paradise and Bosnia-Hercegovina might have continued to be a slaughterhouse for a long time after 1995. I do not have to be Croatian or Bosnian to be thankful for this. Every human being on this planet should be grateful that Croatia, under the military leadership of General Gotovina, had the courage to do what was right. We should all be grateful that Croatia rejected four years of UN appeasement and decided to fight the good fight”.

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On the 4th of August 1995, Croatia launched Operation Storm under the leadership of General Ante Gotovina.  It was a professional, textbook military offensive hailed by General Wesley Clark (of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff and later NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe) as a “turning point” in the Croatian and Bosnian struggle to defend their countries against Serb aggression.  Peter Galbraith, US Ambassador to Croatia at the time, testified to the ICTY that the war in Bosnia would not have ended without this Croatian military offensive.  In the short space of three and a half days, Operation Storm liberated most of the Croatian territory that had been under Serb occupation for four years and broke the siege of Bihac, thus preventing General Ratko Mladic from making good his promise to treat the 150,000+ inhabitants of Bihac in the same way he had those in the so-called UN safe…

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