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07 January 2008
Kravice Christmas Day massacre

The Kravica Massacre Memorial

Today is Christmas Day according to the Orthodox Church. It should be a day of celebration, and I hope for many it is. However, for the Serbs, this day will always be remembered as the anniversary of the Kravice Christmas Day Massacre of 1993. The Muslim militias left Srebrenica in the early hours of that day and took Kravice by surprise. They slaughtered 49 men, women and children, a small proportion of the over 3,500 Serb civilians that were butchered between 1992 and 1993 in that area.

There will be a memorial service in Kravice today, but you won't get to hear about it, and no members of the so-called international community will be represented. Unlike the Croats and the Muslims, the Serbs were not willing to subordinate their interests to the wishes of globalised capitalism: thus their deaths do not count.

They didn't count when the Croats launched Operation Storm in 1995 to ethnically cleanse over 200,000 Serbs from their homes, an operation that had logistical support from the USA, so why should anyone care about 49 dead on Christmas Day?

The lesson is clear: subordinate yourselves to globalisation and you can do as you please politically. Oppose globalisation and it will demonise you and send its creatures in to kill you.

Of the 30 villages that made up Kravice municipality, 26 are uninhabited to this day. . .

Cheers: Byzantine Blog

Hi exile. If you'd ever been through (1991-1995 ex-Croatian) Krajina during the period when the Krajina Serbs were in control, you'd have seen thousands of homes, petrol stations, shops, etc, razed to the ground or otherwise irretrievably damaged. They had been the property of ethnic Croats, forced to leave by the Krijena Serbs during 1991 to 1995. So let's not have too much one-sided sympathy for innocent Serb victims while ignoring the stuff they did to others, please. One eye closed is not an enlightening posture.

7 January 2008 at 12:27  

Nick, look at most newspapers in the western world and you will see that sympathies do not lie with the Serbs. If you want to read Serbophobic propaganda then read a newspaper from your local store. If you don’t like that this blog does not follow the official line then stop reading this blog.

7 January 2008 at 12:38  

Hi sl. I don't want to read Serbophobic propaganda (of which there's far too much, I admit). On the other hand, to state that operation Storm was launched specifically in order to ethnically cleanse Serbs from the Krajina is a monstrous (and deliberately so, I think) misrepresentation of what happened and why. As is the theory that Serbs are all innocents when it comes to ethnic cleansing. I know; I went there and saw them doing it (and no, I'm not from the Balkans; I'm a Brit).

7 January 2008 at 12:53  

I'm sure that you are right, Nick, and only hope that you understand me when I say so what? The issue is not who is the hero around there because there aren't any.

The issue is which team's victory will help damage globalised capitalism?

7 January 2008 at 14:41  

I think globalised capitalism is well capable of damaging itself without help from any 'team', exile. In fact, it seems to be doing just that already (and long may the damage continue - except, of course, that it puts my future pension in danger; ah well!).

7 January 2008 at 15:20  

Why don't the UN and Nato leave, make Russia promise to keep it's ugly interferring snout out of things and we'll leave the region to it's own devices.

In thirty or forty years it will be a gorgeous overgrown meadow complete devoid of any human life.

The only problem is, once both sides have finished with their brutal ethnic cleansing, nobody's going to be left alive to dig all the mass graves!

What a mess!

7 January 2008 at 16:39  

Thats the First Smart thing I've seen you write since I've followed this blog, Loland.

8 January 2008 at 03:34  

I think the Exile's point is that no one gives a damn about innocent Serbs who died during the war. To review the mainstream media coverage of the war in Bosnia, you'd think that only one side suffered expulsion and massacre.

The truth is that the disintegration of Yugoslavia, encouraged by the West, resulted in a very predictable civil (or uncivil) war. Effectively, what we saw were the final battles of World War II suspended for nearly 50 years.

Only a fool could have supposed that the dismemberment of Yugoslavia would be a peaceful affair. The borders of the internal republics were totally useless as sovereign boundaries. The West didn't care. They saw Yugoslavia as Africa - a neo-colonial playground where tensions could be stoked at will to justify continual external intervention.

Our leaders are imbeciles and they take us for imbeciles. How is a patently artificial country like Bosnia expected to survive when its sovereignty doesn't command the loyalty of its supposed citizens?

What an effing mess and all in the name of humanitarian goodwill.

11 January 2008 at 00:33  

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