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OPERATION STORM

In my blog, I wrote about many topics, about countries that I love and that impress me.

I shared my experiences in socializing with people around the world, about their culture and customs.

But I did not write about my country, Serbia.

Today, August 4th is a sad day for my people and Serbia. On this day the Battle of the Storm took place.

Operation Storm was a military action of the Republic of Croatia in August 1995. The goal of this operation was to occupy most of the territory of the Republika Srpska Krajina, an unrecognized state formed on the territory of the newly independent Croatia, which was active during the war, pursuing a policy based on the aspirations of Serbs in Croatia to remain in Yugoslavia. The operation officially lasted 4 days, ended with the fall of the Republic of Serbian Krajina and the establishment of the control of the Republic of Croatia over that territory.

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia characterized Operation Storm in the first instance verdict against Croatian generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac as a joint criminal enterprise, with the aim of permanently and forcibly expelling most Serbs from the former Republika Srpska Krajina in Croatia. [5] [6 ] [7] However, in the second instance verdict, such claims were rejected and the generals were acquitted of all charges. The tribunal found that the Croatian army and special police had committed a large number of crimes against the Serb population, primarily after armed attacks, and that the state and military leadership were not responsible for organizing these crimes. [8]

About 250,000 Serbs fled the RSK territory occupied by the Croatian army. [9] In February 2015, the International Court of Justice rejected mutual lawsuits filed by Croatia and Serbia for genocide, finding that crimes occurred during and after Operation Storm that could have been elements of genocide, but that no specific genocidal intent had been proven. [10] August 5 is celebrated in Croatia as “Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day”, while in Serbia and Republika Srpska, August 4 is a day of mourning.

https://sr.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%9E%D0%BF%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B0%D1%86%D0%B8%D1%98%D0%B0_%D0%9E%D0%BB%D1%83%D1%98%D0%B0

I did not write anything about the Storm that is not already known, but I want one of my posts to be dedicated to that, one of the saddest days in Serbian history.

And there were many of them, not the only day when Serbs were killed and no one ever said or acknowledged the suffering of this little, tormented people.

Every nation in own history has had hard days, wars, sufferings, struggles for justice and freedom.

Writing this post is not the goal of diminishing someone’s struggle and glorifying my country. However, each of us loves homeland the most, and in every way we fight to preserve values, to show the rest of the world good sides of our nation and country.

During the 1990s, Serbia was presented as an aggressor and genocidal state, and this opinion has remained until now.

However, the years go by, new generations are born with a different view of the world, and I hope that one day that world will write a new history, as it is.

I would like if someone reads this post, to google and search for texts about Serbia, realize how wonderful and magical is this small country in the Balkans, in the heart of Europa.

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