"Serbia has Muslims living peacefully inside its' borders, but they never posed a political threat to Milosevic, ergo, they were allowed to stay - not so the non-Serbs living in Croatia, Bosnia, and Kosovo who threatened Milosevic's power."
Or maybe it was the Croats, Bosnian Muslims, and Albanians who saw Serbs as threats to their territories' independence.
Croats, Muslims, and Albanians were killing Serbs from the very beginning - even before the beginnings of these wars. Serbs were being discriminated against and kicked out of their jobs in Croatia, for instance.
That is why the first refugees in these wars were Serbs from Croatia. I believe the grand total number of Serbs who left Croatia during the '90's is over 600,000.
It is Croatia's demographic picture which seems to have been most permanently changed in the recent Balkan wars - its population was 12% Serb in 1991, but now is supposedly only 2-3%.
posted on 11/01/2001 5:31:14 PM PST
Minorities pose a threat to Nationalists, ergo, Serbs got mistreated and expelled from HDZ areas and Croats got mistreated and expelled from the RSK - and the Croats didn't have a head start on returning to 'fratriphobia', contrary to what you have heard, Joan.
(Given 12% of the population of Croatia, 600,000 is more Serbs than were living there to start with, methinks).
Croatia has census information on the web, but it doesn't have an ethnic breakdown. I'll wait for that to come out, rather than relying on 'supposedly', no offense.
posted on 11/01/2001 7:17:12 PM PST
Joan with all the respect, but even the Serbs gave figures about 250.000 - 300.000 expelled Serbs (ethnic cleansing) from Croatia. Which is still a HUGE number and doesn't change a thing. But no need to inflate facts. I don't disagree with you on this matter anyway.
posted on 11/03/2001 12:42:14 AM PST
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