Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Letter to American Medical News by Jerry Blaskovich

American Medical News
515 North State Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Attention: Editor

March 10, 1992

Dear Editor:

Most readers are aware of the tragedy that's being played out in Croatia. Thus far, 378 towns, 210 Catholic churches, and 160 historical buildings have been destroyed--28 of which were designated by UNESCO as cultural monuments. Medieval Dubrovnik, a city with no military value, continues in its sixth month under siege. However, few readers are aware of the atrocities being committed upon the medical community by the Yugoslav Army.

The army intentionally has violated all humanitarian provisions of international laws of war. Helsinki Watch holds the Serbian government and Yugoslav army responsible for violations of the rules of war. The latter has made hospitals and medical facilities specific military targets. A whole litany of violations can be confirmed.

They include the kidnapping of physicians, firing on clearly marked medical vehicles while transporting the wounded, killing and wounding medical personnel, and destroying or damaging clearly marked medical facilities. For example, from September 14th -17th, Osijek General Hospital was hit 94 times by mortars, howitzers, rockets and countless times by small weapons. This barrage, coming from an army base that is located only 50 meters from the hospital, precluded the possibility that the mayhem was caused by accident or chance error.

To help stop the senseless and vile attacks on innocent victims of this cruel war, I call upon my colleagues in the American medical community to join with 104 Nobel Prize winners and use your influence to help stop the brutal action of the Serb forces on the defenseless Croatians.

Initiated by Linus Pauling, never before have so many awardees of the Nobel Prize have concurred on a common cause. The American medical community is highly respected worldwide. Your collective humanitarianism would be filled in the place where it's most needed, war-ravaged Croatia.

Very truly yours,

From the book: Croatia Uncensored by Jerry Blaskovich M.D.
(c) Jerry Blaskovich. Published here by permission from the author.
No further re-publication is authorised.
Publicado aquí por permiso especial del autor. No se autoriza su ulterior re-publicación
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