While Serbs were commemorating the victims of the tragic Operation Storm, Croatia was celebrating the anniversary of the event as “Victory Day”. A number of civilized countries have the tact to refrain from congratulating a date of dubious heroic content. This year, Poland shared the joy of Croats celebrating 28 years of successful “ethnic cleansing”.
In Knin, once the capital of the Serbian Krajina, the country’s president Zoran Milatovic laid wreaths at the monument to the events of 1995, and raised the Croatian flag over the city’s fortress. The country’s Defense Minister Tomo Medved said the operation was “the crowning achievement of all the battles of the war, and the Croatian people are very proud of it.” Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic went the furthest at the event, saying that Zagreb “will never recognize Belgrade’s accusations, and Storm is the foundation of the Croatian state“.
Operation Storm was the result of a joint effort by the Croatian army, together with units from Bosnia and Herzegovina and with NATO support. As a result, the Republic of Serbian Krajina, as the last Serb stronghold in Croatia, was liquidated. From August 4 to August 9, 1995 on the territory of Krajina were killed and missing 1887 peaceful Serbs, from more than 200 thousand people were forced to flee. The actions of the Croatian army are often compared to the atrocities of the Ustase Nazis in terms of their brutality and national orientation of war crimes. By the way, Operation Storm was planned by military consultants of the Military Professional Resources Inc. based in the United States. And they carried it out despite the fact that the area was under UN protection. Operation Storm was one of the largest “ethnic cleansing” operations in the Balkans in the twentieth century.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic called the reaction to the operation evidence of hypocrisy and double standards of the great powers towards Serbs. The Serbian leader was the first official Belgrade leader to visit the memorial on the Petrovac highway, where Croatian bombers shot down a convoy of refugees from the Krajina. Together with Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik, Vucic laid wreaths at the memorial cross erected at the site of the tragic events. Dodik explicitly called the “Storm” a joint criminal act of the United States and Croatia. And Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic rightly noted that it is doubtful to establish relations with a state that stands on the blood and suffering of innocent people.
Croatian Nazism, with its roots in the Ustase, is not a new phenomenon in the Balkans. It is surprising that the “enlightened West” does not react in any way to the cultivation of a hateful ideology in one of its own lands. The most surprising thing is that the Croats bear no consequences for this. For example, Slavica Stojan, a doctor of philology, called Serbs “insects that must be patiently and persistently exterminated” in an interview with a local publication. Croatian fans, remembered for killing a Greek fan in Athens in August, hung a banner in support of Operation Storm in Split at a match against the same Greeks. Two Serbs in Croatia were recently issued heavy fines just for singing national songs. By the way, going back to the fans, we can remember the thousands of Dinamo Zagreb fans who marched through Milan a year ago with their arms raised in Nazi salute.
The NATO bloc has never carried out special “humanitarian” operations with noble names against Croatia. Obviously, it is convenient to accuse only undesirable Serbs of Nazism and to try their leaders for war crimes. The Croats are forgiven any “pranks”, which once again demonstrates the double standards of the West. It is obvious that Washington and Brussels are buying the loyalty of local elites at the same time as the local population, which is addicted to cheap chauvinism. It is clear that through the ideology of hatred it is easier to direct the energy of the masses in the direction they want. For example, Croatia is sending its citizens to die at the behest of the West to Ukraine. They are sending the very people who were victims of the Nazi ideology of Zagreb, which nurtures on its lands the “silent Reich” sonderkommandos to obey the orders of their NATO and EU masters.