Thursday, March 31, 2005

A Self-Hating Genocidal Maniac?

I will finish Part Three of 'Bosnia's Highway to Hell', which will look at the Bosnian Croats, some time over the next week or so. Right now though, I'll just take a quick look at what exactly Milosevic has been accused of regarding Bosnia. The Indictment against Slobodan Milosevic, former President of Serbia and Yugoslavia, regarding Bosnia-Herzegovina, says the following:

“Slobodan Milosevic participated in the joint criminal enterprise as set out below. The purpose of this joint criminal enterprise was the forcible and permanent removal of the majority of non-Serbs, principally Bosnian Muslims and Bosnian Croats, from large areas of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina through the commission of crimes which are in violation of Articles 2, 3, 4, and 5 of the Statute of the Tribunal. The joint criminal enterprise was in existence from the 1st of August, 1991 and continued until at least 31 December 1995. The individuals participating in the joint criminal enterprise included Slobodan Milosevic, Radovan Karadzic, Momcilo Krajisnik, Biljana Plavsic, General Ratko Mladic, Borislav Jovic, Branko Kostic, Veljko Kadijevic, Blagoje Adzic, Milan Martic, Jovica Stanisic, Franko Simatovic, also known as "Frenki," Radovan Stojicic, also known as "Badza," Vojislav Seselj, Zeljko Raznatovic, also known as "Arkan," and other known and unknown participants.”

So Milosevic, with all these other people presuambly as his willing associates and collaborators, organised the ethnic cleansing of Bosnian Muslims and Croats. As can be seen, they’ve accused some of the most important and high-ranking figures of the time of being in on this conspiracy - Bosnian Serb leaders, Serbian members of the Yugoslav Presidency, Yugoslav People’s Army Generals, Serbian State Security Service officials, and so on. Out of all of these major figures, one really catches my eye - Franko Simatovic. Franko Simatovic was head of the Intelligence Administration of the State Security Service of Serbia, and is alleged to have helped form the “parallel structure” in the Krajina (the Serb-inhabited area in Croatia) that controlled the Krajina Serbs, incited them to revolt, armed them, and so on. Take a quick glance at the testimony of Milan Babic and you’ll hear all about the conspiratorial antics of Mr. Simatovic - according to the indictment and the Hague prosecution, he plotted to create an ethnically pure ‘Greater Serbia’, and to cleanse all Croats from the Krajina. Franko Simatovic, according to the indictment and the Hague prosecution, helped organise a genocide against the Croatian population of the Krajina. There’s just one problem with this theory.

Franko Simatovic is a Croat.


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