Croatia: No Apology For Defending People And Country

Apology Poster in
Zagreb Trams
Photo: Screenshot

Article 51 of the UN Charter clearly recognises “the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations” by anyone. To put it further, the inherent right to self-defence extends to all, whether members of the UN or not.

But it seems this right to self-defence has eluded a group of youth in Croatia that operates under the banner of Human Right initiatives, causing community outrage and despair for justice.

A number of small but publicly visible campaign posters, entitled ‘Apology’ (set against the background photo of Serbs leaving Croatia in cars and carts filled with their belongings after the Operation Storm in August 1995] appeared inside Zagreb’s trams this week. Jumbo-posters have appeared alongside roadways.

One cannot but express dismay and shock at even the thought as to who among authorities permitted these posters to be displayed.

The malicious and politically appalling motive behind this has everything to do with blatant disregard for the truth that Croatia was forced to defend itself and with mounting some (undeserved) credibility to Serb denial of guilt for the bloody aggression that Croatia had to deal with between 1991 and 1995. The campaign is timed just ahead of Croatia’s Victory Day celebrations for 5 August – military Operation Storm ended 5 August 1995 and liberated Croatia’s territory of the Serb self-proclaimed and ethnically cleansed of Croats and other non-Serbs, Serbian Republic of Krajina (Croatia’s occupied territory).

The public posters aim to open a public communications channel through social networks, through which the Initiative will provide audio, video and other materials and gather signatures of support through the ‘Apology to the Victims of Storm’ petition,” the Youth Initiative for Human Rights said in a press release. As well as signing the petition, the group says that people will be able to share their thoughts on social networks using the hashtag #isprika (apology). Their aim is also to convince the authorities to officially apologise to all the innocent victims of the operation and their families.

Jumbo Poster
along Zagreb road
“National interest is admission,
no lies”
Photo: Screenshot


According to the Youth Initiative for Human Rights website the organisation’s “Vision” is “To live in responsible societies that have learned lessons from the past and aspire towards a positive future founded on the respect of human rights, citizens’ values and the rule of law.”

First of all, this group of young people has learned no lesson from the perilous past of their own Croatian people. Second, they evidently do not respect the rule of law for if they did they would act according to what laws say regarding court decisions – to respect them. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Appeals Chamber in the Hague had in November 2012 ruled and found that there had been no forced deportations of Serbs from Croatia and after the Operation Storm of August 1995 (Croatian Generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac case).

Hence, one can safely discard this bunch of social and political hoodlums belonging to this Youth Initiative for Human Rights from anything even remotely associated with justice as a human right. Indeed, going by their website, their “Mission” is “Mission of the youth Initiative for human rights is guided by the values it wants to realise in society.” In other words, this group of young people, in the case evidence by these posters, want to shape the Croatian society by false pretenses and by covering up the glorious truth about Croatia’s victory against Serb aggression.

What an obscene situation Croatians are forced to have to deal with here!

Now lets look at the human and material cost to Croatia that Serb aggression caused between 1991 and 1995. In 1991 Croatia’s population was about 4,785,000, out of that were 12.2% Serbs.

These are the terrible figures of Croatian victims and damages caused by the Serb aggression during the Homeland War (1991-1995) – these figures keep climbing as matters get discovered.

Croats killed 13,583 (Civilians 6605 including more than 402 children)
Wounded 30,578
Women, children and men raped and pack-raped, so far recorded – 2,500
By December 1991 displaced-forcefully deported from their homes as ethnic cleansing of Croats and non-Serbs ensued – 550,000
Held in concentration camps – 30,000
War invalids – 37,000
Catholic churches destroyed – 122
Hospitals destroyed – 14
Buildings destroyed – 200,000 (180,000 homes)
Mass graves unearthed – 156
Individual graves of victims of Serb aggression – 1400 (unearthed by 2011)
Still missing – 1,541
War damage – in excess of 32 billion euro

Land mines left in Croatia by Serbs: 42,371 


Serb Aggression and
ethnic cleansing of Croats
in Croatia 1991 – 1995
Photo: Screenshot
See animated video below


It is the Serbs and Serbia who must apologise to Croatia!

Operation Storm put the needed swift end to the terrible suffering caused by the Serb aggression.

An apology is not needed from Croatia for Operation Storm – but it is needed from Serbia. Operation Storm was absolutely necessary to prevent further damage to Croatia and its people.

From the perspective of lives lost in Croatia during the war, Operation Storm saved far far more lives than it took. To apologise for Croatia’s kindness in leading a clean (non-civilian targets) military operation for the liberation of its occupied territory – Operation Storm – would be to rob Croatia of even more of what little dignity it has left after all the pro-communist, pro-Yugoslavia, pro-Serbia attacks it has so far endured in its path to democracy and freedom.

Serbia has not apologised for the multitude of heinous crimes carried out on the Croatian people between 1991 and 1995, and in fact still denies the crimes. Had Serbia not attacked Croatia with the help of the drowning Yugoslav Army and Serb rebels living in Croatia, the Operation Storm, Croatia’s Homeland War, would never have happened.

This is the lesson that Youth Initiative for Human Rights should have learned from their country’s past!

They should have learned that the aftermath of Croatia’s democratic vote to secede from communist Yugoslavia turned out, from the direction of Serbia, to be more hostile, protracted, and bloody than ever could be imagined in Croatia (or elsewhere). A nation whose people wanted to be free of communism and secure from the evil of oppression became a victim to violence and terror. For all of this, Serbia should show profound sorrow, regret, and apology. Not Croatia! Ina Vukic



  1. Miles Stern says:

    This is a brilliant article, Ina Vukic. Striking the truth with facts that matter. God bless YOU and the Croatian people!

  2. Perfect Ina, you are the greatest!

  3. Stevie10703 says:

    Sounds like 1945 all over again. Heck, its sounds like 1918 all over again. We have nothing to apologize for when it comes to liberating the territory of our country which every country in the world has a right to do when occupied, especially when 1/3 of our territory was taken from us.

    Maybe these people need to learn history or heck, read Milan Martic’s transcripts from the Hague which he said that they knew an attack was coming and told the Serbs to leave the territory which they did and went back to their homeland of Serbia. Its more than a fact that when the Croatian Army entered into the occupied territory during the Oluja it was basically empty and video also show that the retreating Serb military was running over its own people just to get away and yet somehow we need to apologize? Apologize for what? I’d love to ask these SDP youth what exactly would they have done in 1995?

    • I fear giving advice or good directions to this lot of young people will not make an iota of difference, Stevie. Soros or rather his money got to them first, it seems. What a tragedy for the people that they’re faed with those posters without having a say in it. The majority would burn them I’m sure.

    • I fear giving advice or good directions to this lot of young people will not make an iota of difference, Stevie. Soros or rather his money got to them first, it seems. What a tragedy for the people that they’re faed with those posters without having a say in it. The majority would burn them I’m sure.

      • Stevie10703 says:

        Ina, you are so right. These “youth” are beyond help much like their older communist brethren who still can’t get over the fact that Croatia is an independent State, you just have to look at their celebrations in Srb today where they celebrated the murder of innocent Croatians at the star of WWII. If Polls are to believe only 8% of Croatians long for a Yugoslav State and if this is true, then why do these people have more of a voice than the rest of the country who wants nothing to do with one? These people spit on Croatia everyday and its a shame that the everyday person doesn’t stand up to this.

        As for Soros, he is one odious human being and the worst part is that his son is ready to take over the reins once the old man meets his just reward. This is a man who is causing problems all over the world with his money and probably should have been arrested a long time ago. I’m glad that at the very least Hungary and Poland are standing up to him and aren’t afraid of him.

      • The left, the communists, are in control of mainstream media Stevie – that is why these minority hoodlums get the majority share of media exposure. Absolutely repulsive.

  4. excellent article. The “left” has no regard whatever for truth.

  5. Patricia N says:

    Just heard word that due to overwhelming complains by branitelji, all the posters are down off the trams. The team company ZET said an outsider does all the adverts & that they didn’t know. I’d be sacking whoever has the contract for the advertising!!

    Anyway, at least they’ve been removed off the trams.

  6. Superb. Croatian people need many more proud Croatian intellectuals as is Ina Vukic. Thank you very much Ina on this superb and historically factual article.

  7. Reblogged this on Brittius.

  8. So many idiots in Croatia. We should put up billboards in Serbia to emancipate Serbs from their own lies and myths.

  9. “The lie has become so huge , it is almost indistinguishable from the truth”.

    Not sure who said it , but explains the world today .
    How can they erase factual history that happened a little over 20 years ago ?
    Because our oppressors dictate the agenda .

  10. We should definitely apologise. Let’s start with apologising to BiH for preventing a massacre in Bihac on the scale of Srebrenica. Everyone who knows anything about human rights knows that we should have just give the Serb forces what they wanted and taken any and all consequences of being pacifists. Only then would there have been a clean war without any unwanted outcomes like Croatian culture and people surviving in their historical lands.

    My apologies for the sarcasm, but after reading that drivel, I had to. But seriously, NO apologies for defending one’s country and the existence of its people and culture! NO to this lie, this leftist brainwashing and surrendering to the oppressors! I’ve heard from enough Serbs that their own leaders urged them to move before the Croatian army even began their operations. It’s just not something many are willing to admit in public, but as we say…zna se. I’ll take that over this historically-challenged version from morally righteous useful idiots.

    It is disturbing how easily youth can be brainwashed by the yugonostalgics and globalists who peddle this trash. They might be a minority, but from how much attention they receive, you’d start to think this is the accepted thought throughout 90% of Croatia. But given how loud these deprived idiots are, it is no wonder Homeland war veterans suffer so much and die so young. Who can handle this? God give them strength.

    Crawl back into your holes, you brainwashed rats, and go learn some actual facts!

    • As long as the world or a good part of it recognises the brainwashed – all will be good in the end, Kat. Yes the mass exodus of Serbs from Croatia in 1995 was upon orders from Belgrade and intentionally so that it can be used in future as forced deportation. Serbs know how to create victims of themselves or perceptions of it without true foundation, but thank God ICTY drowned that one.

  11. Reblogged this on Ace News Desk.

Leave a Reply

Disclaimer, Terms and Conditions:

All content on “Croatia, the War, and the Future” blog is for informational purposes only. “Croatia, the War, and the Future” blog is not responsible for and expressly disclaims all liability for the interpretations and subsequent reactions of visitors or commenters either to this site or its associate Twitter account, @IVukic or its Facebook account. Comments on this website are the sole responsibility of their writers and the writer will take full responsibility, liability, and blame for any libel or litigation that results from something written in or as a direct result of something written in a comment. The nature of information provided on this website may be transitional and, therefore, accuracy, completeness, veracity, honesty, exactitude, factuality and politeness of comments are not guaranteed. This blog may contain hypertext links to other websites or webpages. “Croatia, the War, and the Future” does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information on any other website or webpage. We do not endorse or accept any responsibility for any views expressed or products or services offered on outside sites, or the organisations sponsoring those sites, or the safety of linking to those sites. Comment Policy: Everyone is welcome and encouraged to voice their opinion regardless of identity, politics, ideology, religion or agreement with the subject in posts or other commentators. Personal or other criticism is acceptable as long as it is justified by facts, arguments or discussions of key issues. Comments that include profanity, offensive language and insults will be moderated.
%d bloggers like this: