“In The Eye Of The Storm” – Ante Gugo Book – Bringing Of Peace To Southeast Europe

Cover of original book by Ante Gugo in the Croatian Language "The Storm Which We Could Not Avoid"

Cover of original book by Ante Gugo
in Croatian Language
“The Storm Which We Could Not Avoid”

 

Croatian war reporter’s, journalist’s and writer’s Ante Gugo’s best-selling non-fiction book in Croatia “Storm Which We Could Not Avoid” first released in 2015 in the Croatian language, twenty years after Croatia’s August 1995 swift and skillful Operation Storm liberated Krajina part of Croatia’s territory occupied and ethnically cleansed by Serb forces in early 1990’s, has now been translated into the English language and its title is “In the Eye of the Storm”.

Ante Gugo had said that his book on the Operation Storm in Croatia arose from a desire to answer the question as to whether it would have been possible to realise the independence of Croatia without a war, that is, where is and how deep does the root of Croatian-Serbian contentions run. “The search for the answer to that question could take the research centuries back or at least to the beginning of the 20th century, to the time of the creation of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. Given that such an exercise would result in too big a book, in which the process of the creation of the independent and sovereign Croatia, together with our brilliant military Operation Storm, would be drowned, I decided to draw a line somewhere closer. I decided to even skip over the open expressions of Greater Serbia tendencies within Yugoslavia … I had decided that 23 May 1985 was the spot in a timeline at which all political events except the disintegration of Yugoslavia and the creation of the Republic of Croatia become unimportant. On that day the first meeting of the Committee for the Memorandum of the Serb Academy of Sciences and Arts (widely known as Memorandum SANU) was held and brought the key document that defined Greater Serbia and a foundation for (Slobodan) Milosevic’s subsequent politics towards other nations of former Yugoslavia. That document was his Bible…”

Front Cover of book by Ante Gugo translated into English "In The Eye Of The Storm"

Front Cover of
book by Ante Gugo
translated into English
“In The Eye Of The Storm”

Teeming with facts and clear-cut arguments this is a book of research and fact-based showcase of the political, diplomatic and military struggle for Croatia’s independence – secession from the former and communist Yugoslavia. In addition to presenting the chronology of the 1995 Operation Storm, Ante Gugo has collected and analysed all the crucial and most important events that marked the breakup of Yugoslavia and the creation of the Croatian state. “In the Eye of the Storm” book places the military liberating operation Storm into its deserved historical pedestal upon which the modern democratic Croatia rests. Besides writing this book as an actual witness to the war events Ante Gugo presents a wealth of documents, photographs and maps that strongly corroborate factual reporting of events.

The author, Ante Gugo, has collected and painstakingly researched all the most significant events which characterized the dissolution of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the creation of the Republic of Croatia, placing them in an impressive historical as well as political context. He deals not only with the Croatian War of Independence (known as the Homeland War) – which culminated in ‘Operation Storm’ and the liberation of a quarter of Croatian territory from four years of Serb military occupation – but also takes into account the five years preceding the outbreak of the Croatian War of Independence, dissecting the events from the second half of the 1980s that led directly to the Serbian war of aggression against Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina,” wrote Croatian leading newspaper Vecernji List editor Zarko Ivkovic in his Press Release on July 7th 2016.

Back Cover of book by Ante Gugo translated into English "In The Eye Of The Storm"

Back Cover of book
by Ante Gugo
translated into English
“In The Eye Of The Storm”

Many have been a witness to Croatia’s Homeland War, including myself, but not many of us, if any at all, had been a witness to the events and political intricacies and plots and actions that went on at the other side of the war; in the background and in foundations from which the brutal assault and aggression against Croatia had arisen. Hence, Gugo’s book is all the more valuable than the visible and palpable facts of war because it takes the reader behind the scenes, into the political foundations of the horrendous ethnic cleansing and genocide across Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina not seen on European soil since WWII.

 

Ante Gugo sourced factual material for his book from a variety of sources such as newspapers, memoirs, military publications, Croatian ministry of defence archives and compiled a chronology spanning ten years – from 23 May 1985 when Serbian academics decided to put together the Memorandum SANU to 8 August 1995 when the whole Serb 21st Kordun corpus surrendered to Croatian forces. That was the end of Serbia’s dream for a Greater Serbia spread to Croatia’s territory – at least for the time being.

Ante Gugo, 2015

Ante Gugo, 2015

When asked in an interview in 2015 what prompted him to write the book, Ante Gugo replied:
“…A few things prompted me to write the book ‘The storm which we could not avoid.’ The first was the fact that, shamefully, even after 20 years after the Homeland War we have very little prose and research works written on the topic of the creation of the Croatian state and the military victory over the invaders and rebels.

The second was the fact that we have a disastrous educational system that does not respect our basic national values. Our children know almost nothing about the Homeland War, the creation of the independent and sovereign Republic of Croatian and the political processes that preceded it.

The third reason is something that happened when I had already started researching for a book about the military-police operation Storm. I realised then that there were so many unknown or little-known details that influenced those events. Based on those facts we even have a continuance of political aggression against Croatia from both Serbia and Slovenia today. The fact that UN publicly stated in 1993 that there were about 80,000 people living in the occupied territories begs the question of how then was it possible for 250,000 Serbs to have been expelled from those occipied areas as has been alleged.

It is even less known that on 24 January 1991 Slovenian President Kucan signed an agreement by which he gives (Serbia’s) Milosevic the right to realise his idea that all Serbs should live in one state. This agreement meant that approval was given for aggression against Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, although only four days earlier Kucan signed an agreement with (Croatia’s) Tudjman on cooperation in defense in case of intervention by the JNA (Yugoslav People’s Army).

Hence, I wanted the reality that points to the fact that we were deliberately led into war under the hope that we would finally through war be destroyed as a nation to become more readily available to the public. We simply could not avoid the Storm. Others planned it regardless of how much they may regret it.”

Even after the International Criminal Tribunal For the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague (ICTY) had in November 2012 acquitted Croatian generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac (and the whole of Croatia’s leadership at the time) and found then not guilty of charges of joint criminal enterprise of forceful deportation of Serbs from Croatia in August 1995 Serbia and Serbs still to this day continue ignoring the ICTY judgment and continue with spreading lies and myths about forceful deportation of Serbs. Gugo considers that the ease with which Serbs tend to play with and manipulate historic data, especially numbers, is something that needs to be taken seriously… The problem is not in the fact that Serbs lie, the problem is in the fact that we are keeping quiet about it – i.e. “that our (Croatian) diplomacy doesn’t respond to the lies and that they (Serbs) have not yet been shown up to the world as untrustworthy and unprepared for a democratic Europe,” stated Gugo at an interview.

 

6 August 1995 at Knin, Croatia Operation Storm had liberated Croatia from Serb Occupation From left: Gojko Susak (Croatia's defence minister), Ante Gugo (war correspondent.reporter), Franjo Tudjman (president of Croatia)

6 August 1995 at Knin, Croatia
Operation Storm had liberated Croatia from
Serb Occupation
From left: Gojko Susak (Croatia’s defence minister), Ante Gugo (war correspondent.reporter),
Franjo Tudjman (president of Croatia)

With the US born and bred acclaimed author Julienne (Eden) Busic as editor of the translated book by Ante Gugo, and Michael Durgo as the translator, one can be assured of high quality writing and a relative ease to understanding the sense of the times and important issues and sufferings that precursed today’s proud independent Croatia. One can find out how and why the 1995 Operation Storm in Croatia actually brought peace to the whole of Southeastern Europe at the time.
Besides various bookshops the book can be purchased from all Amazon online stores including US and UK as well as on CreateSpace. Kindle and Paperback available.

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A book – absolutely worthwhile having and reading! It’s not a book only about the creation of the modern Croatian independent state amidst enormous political rage and murderous furor from communist Yugoslavia and Serbia but it’s a book that also shows how political ambitions can lead to untold horrors in modern times in which most would like to think they uphold the ways of peace. The dangers to security and safety in today’s world lurk from around almost every corner, it seems – no matter where we live. «In the Eye of the Storm» should indeed be a compulsory read not only for High Schools in Croatia but also for Universities and Colleges everywhere, especially in the studies of social and political sciences and relations. Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)

Serbia’s Red Berets’ War Crimes And A Good Wife

 

A Good Wife

The 25th anniversary of Croatia’s declaration of independence is fast approaching; 25 June is just around the corner. Personal wounds from war are still raw as most victims still wait for justice, for the perpetrators of crimes to own up, to repent, to acknowledge, to accept… to reconcile. Anyone who has had exposure, whether direct or through media, to the 1990’s Serb attacks against Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina that had the sole purpose of ethnically cleansing of non-Serbs significant territory in those former Yugoslavia states and declaring them Serb/Serbia territories/regions, would remember Serbia’s Red Berets units operating with utter murderous depravity. The Red Berets sowed terror and mass murder everywhere they stepped – a cruel disregard for human life and wanton urgency to destroy it if it was not Serb.

 

When in March 1991 Serbia’s Slobodan Milosevic sent special security operatives to Croatia he was whipping up Serbian nationalism, preparing to attack Croatia. As Croatia got closer to peacefully and democratically achieving its goal of independence from Yugoslavia Milosevic went about setting up murderous units within Croatia. Initially this was by way of helping local Serbs in Croatia establish special militias, killing units some of which would wear distinctive red berets and the rest of the world was only dimly aware of a simmering ethnic conflict that was about to explode in former Yugoslavia, unable to even imagine that this conflict would involve brutal ethnic cleansing of non-Serbs. Belgrade based Yugoslav politicians needed a way to make secret war on their own republics that were pushing for independence without involving the military. Red Berets were set up in Croatia (and later in Bosnia and Herzegovina) as units consisting of ex-policemen, ex-convicts and other self-proclaimed volunteers who would answer only to Serbian secret police. The Red Berets units in Croatia called “Ninjas”(Knindze) operated in the Serb self-proclaimed territory of Krajina and involved the leadership by Captain Dragan (also known as Dragan Vasiljkovic and Daniel Snedden) who in 1991 arrived in Croatia from Australia and immediately began serving as commander of a Serb Red Berets unit. Vasiljkovic was extradited to Croatia in 2015 and is currently before the courts answering to charges of five counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed during the conflict by ethnic Serbs in Croatia between 1991 and 1993.

Serbia's Red Berets operative in Croatia Dragan Vasiljkovic

Serbia’s Red Berets operative in Croatia
Dragan Vasiljkovic

 

Serbia’s Red Berets operating in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (referred to as “Ninjas”, “Serb Voluntary Guard”, “Arkans”, “Tigers, “Scorpions”, “Wolves” or just “Unit”) significantly contributed to the invention of the 1990s version of “ethnic cleansing” and went on to become the most feared so-called paramilitary unit of the 1990’s wars in former Yugoslavia. Despite volunteers etc being members of Red Berets these units were certainly not paramilitary formations as they have often been described because Serbia’s state institutions formed them with the approval by the heads of state. There is no doubt that without such units, politicians like Slobodan Milosevic and Radovan Karadzic would never have had the means to carry out their radical ethnic policies.

And just as the 25th anniversary of Croatia’s independence declaration arrives this month reflection upon the terrible past needs to include reflection upon the progress of any post-war reconciliation path between the different ethnic groups. Lasting reconciliation and peace can only be established through looking into the past and accepting as well as acknowledging both its good and evil – expressing and feeling remorse and sorrow for the evil perpetrated. But, speeches of some leading politicians, public figures and even government operatives in Serbia often reveal deep-rooted denials of any wrongdoing in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina; they continue regurgitating WWII as if WWII occurred in 1990’s! Publicly expressed heartfelt remorse and true reconciliation for wrong doings as a matter of national course, particularly in Serbia where the original aggression stemmed from, are perhaps more distant now than ever before.

Scene from A Good Wife Mirjana Karanovic

Scene from A Good Wife
Mirjana Karanovic

But seeds of light are visible. There are people who seem to think hard about remorse as part of reconciliation for the terrible war crimes committed in the name of ethnic cleansing in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. On Sunday 12 June I experienced a wonderful thing that pours hope into the process of true reconciliation and that wonderful thing was, in fact, seeing the 2016 Serbian film by a renowned Serbian actress and now film director Mirjana Karanovic, “A Good Wife” (Dobra Žena), that’s starting to hit world’s film festivals and cinemas (although it had its debut screening at this year’s Sundance festival some months back) with an increasing force and impetus of human foundations of lasting reconciliation.

 

In the movie, Milena (Karanovic) is a middle-aged housewife living with her not very sensitive but a good provider husband and their two children not far from Belgrade in a comfortable home who accidentally stumbles upon, discovers her husband’s war crimes in Bosnia as an operative of the Red Berets. She agonises as to what to do with the distressing discovery about her husband’s past. After a doctor confirms something she was trying to ignore — a neglected lump in her breast — and recommends immediate mammogram, Milena embarks on a furious bout of house and garage cleaning. She discovers videotape from her and her husband’s happier times; playing it on after the footage of her and her husband in younger days finishes, to her surprise, she discovers the tape also contains some shocking, chilling wartime footage of her husband and his Red Berets unit in Bosnia executing scores of bound and frightened civilians in cold blood. Now looking at the world through more alert eyes, Milena must reconsider everything that she once took for granted in her life; as she continues to study her husband and their surrounds including friends, a craving to effectuate justice subsumes her desire for affection.

Mirjana Karanovic in A Good Wife

Mirjana Karanovic in
A Good Wife

The discovery of that terrible secret festers deep inside Milena’s soul like a cancer, forcing her to act outside of her usual comfort zone of submissiveness and servitude; but, nonetheless, Milena approaches the situation with great stoicism. Passing comments and manners displayed by her husband Vlada and his other former Red Berets war mates show a repugnant attitude that the war crimes were not crimes at all – they were needed and justified for political gain of Serbia. The film masterfully addresses emotional intensity in all concerned through mostly telling glances and gestures, but also with alternating almost-fixed close-ups, seemingly taken with handheld camera, giving the effect of twitchy movements, which may unnerve at times until one realises the powerful effect this technique also brings to the portrayal of emotions in turmoil.

“Karanovic’s film intelligently presents the evils of ethnic cleansing by way of the guilt that suppurates within the country responsible for the atrocities. While xenophobes may selfishly believe that mass genocide will quell their fear of ‘others,’ they fail to consider how their actions will impact the world around them, especially their friends and family.”

While Karanovic said at the Sydney Film Festival screening that the movie has not had any notable or sweeping impact in Serbia she hopes it may contribute to wider discussions in the society about reconciliation once it is aired on television. As to what motivated her to co-write the script and make such a movie knowing that its theme would win her no fans in her own country (Serbia) but possibly pile enemies and resentment against her, she responded that she can only be what she is.
When I played Milena, I had a big empathy with her because I think it is very hard to change oneself at that age. You cannot bring back a lost soul. Once you lose your soul, then you are merely an empty shell that moves around. I made this film for my own soul.” She once said.

She said that she wanted to make a film on the subject for a number of years and that the idea became a compelling passion. She wanted to show what elements of human behaviour and emotions she believes one must go through in order to truly reconcile with those against whom one has committed terrible crimes. She articulated her deep beliefs that reconciliation for Serbs with regards to the 1990’s war crimes is only possible through admission of the crimes by each and every perpetrator and that Serbia’s society must also embrace this path instead of permitting denial to fester and thus keep the very idea of lasting reconciliation in perpetual turmoil. Certainly a film to see on many fronts but to me its best message is that cover-ups and denial of war crimes lead nowhere except eternal unrest and that Serbia still has a long way to go before any widespread positive progress in reconciliation with other ethnic groups in the region, linked by recent history of violence and war crimes – is made. Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)

Vojislav Seselj Case: UN Criminal Tribunal Delivers Great Victory For Violent Lunatics Everywhere

ICTY Trial Chamber 31 March 2016 Delivering Judgment in Vojislav Seselj Case PHOTO: Screenhot ICTY.org

ICTY Trial Chamber
31 March 2016
Delivering Judgment in Vojislav Seselj Case
PHOTO: Screenhot ICTY.org

 

Travesty of justice and biased blindness to facts

Despite the fact that the Serbian ultra-nationalist pusher of a land-grabbing-by-any-means Greater Serbia, Vojislav Seselj, sowed and incited hatred against Croats and Muslims (Bosniaks) in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina during early 1990’s, recruited Serb Chetnik, utterly cruel and barbaric, bloodthirsty militia in Croatia, that culminated in a long, brutal war of genocide, ethnic cleansing, mass murder, rape, concentration camps, pillage… the Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague pronounced him Thursday 31 March 2016 innocent of all charges. The majority of judges, Judge Lattanzi dissenting, concluded “that the objective of the creation of Greater Serbia was more of a political venture than a criminal project… that crimes had been committed by Serbian forces in the process, but that they were not inherently linked to the fulfilment of the purpose of Greater Serbia…”

Vojislav Seselj Photo: N1

Vojislav Seselj
Photo: N1

Two out of three judges (Judge Jean-Claude Antonetti, Judge Mandiaye Niang) – Judge Flavia Lattanzi dissenting -dared to conclude the above  knowing the facts that Seselj acted in times of Slobodan Milosevic’s Serbia that called upon ethnic cleansing and creation of ethnically pure regions of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina; knowing that it was Seselj who shouted in 1991 to Serbs picking up weapons to attack Croatia that “no Ustasha can leave Vukovar alive…” (calling all Croats Ustasha – a WWII political independence movement in Croatia); knowing that only one week before the same Tribunal (ICTY) convicted Serb Radovan Karadzic, the wartime leader of the Bosnian Serbs, to 40 years imprisonment on charges of murder, extermination and genocide (based on same Greater Serbia “political venture”)!
Furthermore, the majority judgment argues that Seselj’s men might have been present in contested regions (regions of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina), not to force Bosniak Muslims and Croats out of areas claimed for a Greater Serbia, but on “humanitarian grounds”. So, his calls for murder, extermination and ethnic cleansing (acted upon by his men) were simply a means of “galvanising Serb forces”.

 

Can you believe this travesty of justice and blindness to facts!?

 

His men followed his calls – murdered, raped, forcefully deported, imprisoned, humiliated, plundered…and that was “OK” according to the two judges because it was a political venture! It was “galvanizing” the political venture!

 

The “political venture” ICTY Trial Chamber shamefully endorses

As a reminder, the indictment against Seselj included “the participation in a joint criminal enterprise (JCE). The aim of the JCE was for the permanent forcible removal of a majority of the Croat, Muslim and other non-Serb civilian populations from parts of Croatia, BiH and from the province of Vojvodina in the Republic of Serbia. Acting alone and in concert with other members of the JCE, Šešelj is alleged to have participated in the recruitment, formation, financing, supply, support and direction of Serbian volunteers connected to the SRS and/or Serbian Chetnik Movement. He is also accused of having participated in the planning and preparation of the take-over of towns and villages in Croatia and in a number of municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), and the subsequent forcible removal of the majority of the non-Serb population from those areas. In addition, he stands accused of having recruited Serbian volunteers connected to the SRS and indoctrinated them with his extreme ethnic rhetoric so that they engaged in the forcible removal of the non-Serb population in the targeted territories through the commission of crimes as specified in the indictment, with particular violence and brutality.

Finally, the indictment states that, in his inflammatory speeches, he instigated Serb forces to commit crimes, encouraged the creation of a homogeneous “Greater Serbia” by violence, and thereby participated in war propaganda and incitement of hatred towards non-Serb people…”

Vojislav Seselj early 1990's inciting to murder and ethnic cleansing in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Vojislav Seselj
early 1990’s inciting to
murder and ethnic cleansing
in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

The crimes he was indicted for, he incited and called for, did actually occur and include:
• the deportation or forcible transfer of tens of thousands of Croat, Muslim and other non-Serb civilians from large areas in BiH, Croatia and Serbia (Croats living in Serbia/Vojvodina region in particular and Muslims in Kosovo region;
• the murder of many Croat, Muslim and other non-Serb civilians, including women and elderly persons, as well as the deliberate destruction of homes, other public and private property, cultural institutions, historic monuments and sacred sites of the Croat, Muslim and other non-Serb civilian populations in the municipality of Vukovar in Croatia, and in the municipalities of Zvornik, “Greater Sarajevo”, Mostar and Nevesinje in BiH;
• the torture, beating, robbery, sexual assaults, and perpetuation of inhumane living conditions against Croat, Muslim and other non-Serb civilians by Serb soldiers during capture and in the detention facilities;
• the direct and public denigration through “hate speech” of the Croat, Muslim aand other non-Serb populations in Vukovar Zvornik and Hrtkovci on the basis of their ethnicities

 

Would Adolf Hitler be acquitted?

This acquittal of Seselj of all charges, not even mentioning complicity and accessory to crimes, does cause one to conclude (as a colleague blogger Vladimir Lusic did) that (using this ICTY judgment as a precedent) Adolf Hitler would be found innocent of all charges also. Hitler also delivered loud and strong political speeches, talked about the greatness of the Third Reich, decided which ethnic group should live and which should die in the name of the Third Reich, held a gun at his waist from time to time…just like Seselj! Only Seselj didn’t have the Third Reich – for him it was Greater Serbia.
Evidence has it that Seselj did much more than engage in politics. His militia was widely feared as murderers, rapists and looters. In the Croatian war in 1991, Seselj said his men had used a rusty spoon to scoop out the eyes of their enemies, though he later claimed this was black humour.
When they marched into Vukovar in 1991, intent on murdering as many Croats as they could Seselj’s militia sang: “Slobo, Slobo, send us some salad, there will be meat we will slaughter the Croats” (Slobo meaning Slobodan Milosevic). And sure enough by 18 November 1991 Vukovar was ethnically cleansed of Croats and other non-Serbs and hundreds perished in genocidal mass murders – other places in Croatia and BiH soon suffered the same destinies.

 

And remember: all Croatia wanted to do was to secede from communist Yugoslavia!

1991 - Vojislav Seselj and Dragan Vasiljkovic lead the way to mass murder and ethnic cleansing in Croatia

1991 – Vojislav Seselj and
Dragan Vasiljkovic
lead the way to mass murder and ethnic cleansing in Croatia

Wide and serious worldwide ramifications for international justice

It’s not far fetched to say that the ICTY judges’ (who delivered such a judgment) reasoning will have wide and serious ramifications for the international justice. Such a judgment endorses all political “ventures” even those that incite hatred and mass murder and genocide… Will the coalition of allies dare to fight against IS in the Middle East from now on, for example?
The verdict already encourages nationalist Serbs to argue that their side did nothing wrong in the war. Jubilation in the streets of Belgrade and elsewhere has been ecstatic – the Serbs sentenced at The Hague so far for crimes against humanity, war crimes … do not seem to matter now! Serbian Republic political entity within Bosnia and Herzegovina, created on genocide for which Karadzic received 40 years imprisonment last week is now just about pronounced acceptable part of Greater Serbia! The arguments brought down by the majority judges at the ICTY in Seselj’s case will, without doubt, be matched by all political ventures throughout the world, no matter what gruesome destinies and sufferings they bring to innocent people.

 

The arguments have dumped the right to self-determination of every nation into the garbage bin.

Even if the ICTY Prosecutor, under Serge Brammertz, may have done a very sloppy job in Seselj’s case during and before the trial, as the judges might suggest, and this sloppiness may have been purposeful, the judgment is still outrageous and shocking. Let’s hope Brammertz’s team do some serious work on identifying grounds for an appeal against this judgment and if it doesn’t then Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina governments need to find those grounds, quick smart.

 

As Luka Misetic, US based attorney who represented Croatian General Ante Gotovina at the ICTY, reminds us: “There is little doubt about Seselj’s role in Joint Criminal Enterprise to create Greater Serbia by means of displacement of the non-Serb civilian population. This was already confirmed by the Trial Chamber in the Martic Judgment (Milan Maric, 2007, PDF), which at paragraph 446 found: ‘The Trial Chamber therefore finds that at least Blagoje Adzic, Milan Babic, Radmilo Bogdanovic,Veljko Kadijevic, Radovan Karadzic, Slobodan Milosevic, Ratko Mladic, Vojislav Seselj, Franko ‘Frenki’ Simatovic, Jovica Stanisic, and Captain Dragan Vasiljkovic participated in the furtherance of the above-mentioned common criminal purpose.’”
One finds it difficult to accept that the two out of three judges who delivered an exonerating verdict for Seselj seemingly decided to ignore the previous findings of its own Tribunal on the matter and is getting away with it.

In the Twitter words of Eric Gordy, a London based sociologist and reportedly very knowledgeable about war crimes in the Balkans, the Seselj verdict is “a great victory for bloated, violent lunatics everywhere.” Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A. Ps. (Syd)

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