Wednesday, 5 May 2010

To Senator Mitchell McConnell, by Jerry Blaskovich

Senator Mitchell McConnell
United States Senate Washington, D.C.

August 8, 1992

Dear Senator:

As a United States Senator your pontifications on the August 6, 1992, McNeil-Lehrer News Hour regarding Bosnia-Herzegovina should at least have had a ring of truth.

Citing Congresswoman Delich-Bentley, whose credibility and ethics are highly questionable, gives low credence to your statements. The "... age old ethnic dispute" you referred to and twice stating "Shooting at each other for centuries" perpetuates the Serbian mythology. Until they were cobbled altogether with other Balkan peoples in 1918 there had been a remarkable peaceful, symbiotic relationship between the Croats and Serbs. Their first armed conflict between them did not occur until 1941. (1) To be sure the groups did fight each other, but as part of great armies that fought in the fault line between Christian Europe and the Ottoman Empire. Invariably the Croats allied themselves with the Christian side, while the Serbs most often fought for the Ottomans.

The Serbs and Croats again lived side by side in peace for 45 years after World War II. It was until Milosevic divided Yugoslavia along ethnic lines that the peace was shattered.

Serbia had negligible contact with Western ideas and civilization prior to the turn of the twentieth century.

Before the Ottomans conquered the Serbs they were Byzantium orientated and after the conquest they had little contact with Western civilization. When Serbia freed themselves from the Ottomans they directed territorial aspirations toward Bosnia-Herzegovina. However, Austria was given Bosnia by England in 1878 under treaty of San Stefano. Austria annexed it in 1908. Thus setting up the Balkan wars. The Versailles Treaty gave Serbs dominance of the civil service and the army in what became Yugoslavia.

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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