As one who lost relatives in Croatia’s civil war, thank you for publishing “Soldiers Remember Battle Of Medak At CFB Shilo Commemoration,” Sept. 14.
I would also like to thank the Canadian peacekeepers for their heroic efforts to save Serbian civilians during the Medak pocket battle. The saddest reality of the battles fought between the Croatian army and Serbs residing in Croatia is that few Croats were ever prosecuted for the murders of thousands of innocent Serbian civilians and for the largest ethnic cleansing in Europe since the Second World War — Operation Storm — enabling Croatia to achieve a century-old dream to be largely “Serben-frei.”
This demonstrates that the “International” Hague Tribunal was merely a kangaroo court set to blame the Serbs for everything negative that happened in Yugoslavia (and beyond) instead of seeking true justice, which must be ethnically blind. By not prosecuting war criminals who committed horrific slaughters of Serbs in Croatia, Kosovo and Bosnia, we guarantee that southeastern Europe will remain unstable and that there will be future wars in the region and history will repeat.
This is exactly what happened some 70 years ago during one of the world’s most horrific genocides, committed against Serbian Orthodox Christians, Jews and Gypsies in the Nazi-puppet “Independent” State of Croatia during the Second World War, when I lost more than 100 members of my extended family and the issue was swept under the rug by Yugoslav dictator Josip Broz Tito.
I plea for the Canadian government not to let the Medak issue go away and to apply pressure on Croatia and the Hague Tribunal to properly investigate what happened in Medak and prosecute the guilty.
Dr. Michael Pravica
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 21, 2013