Did Serbia vote for war?

Did Serbia vote for war?

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Since: May 12

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#1 May 25, 2012
Another war is brewing in the Balkans. Recently, Serbia’s voters elected a new president. Ultranationalist Tomislav Nikolic narrowly defeated the liberal, pro-European Union incumbent, Boris Tadic. Mr. Nikolic’s victory means the Balkans may be plunged into ethnic violence again.

Mr. Nikolic won on his appeal as a crusading populist and hard-line Serbian nationalist. He campaigned against the rampant corruption and economic mismanagement that characterized Mr. Tadic’s government. Serbia faces an economic and social crisis. It is plagued by massive high unemployment, stagnating growth, soaring debt and rising poverty. Mr. Nikolic vowed to tackle the country’s problems and impose honest government. In particular, he has pledged to stand up to Serbia’s venal ruling class - a promise that struck a chord with many Serbs.

Mr. Tadic is to blame for his defeat. His regime’s plutocracy and pillaging of state assets alienated much of the electorate. His drive to have Serbia enter the EU at all costs triggered a nationalist backlash.

Mr. Nikolic says he no longer opposes EU membership, arguing that “Serbia will not stray from the European road.” This is false. Mr. Nikolic is portraying himself as a born-again center-right leader in order to prevent Western sanctions and Serbia’s international isolation. It is a cheap, cynical ploy. The 60-year-old former cemetery manager is a neo-fascist, who wants to restore a “Great Serbia.”

Mr. Nikolic embodies the worst forms of Serbian nationalism, whose ideological roots go back to the “Chetniks”- the term for Serbian royalists - of World War II. Led by Drazen Mihailovic, the Chetniks formed a racist far-right-wing movement that sought to forge an ethnically pure Great Serb empire incorporating Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, most of Bosnia and large chunks of Croatia. Allied to Benito Mussolini’s fascist Italy, the Chetniks engaged in murderous ethnic cleansing, slaughtering tens of thousands of Bosnian Muslims, Croatians and Kosovar Albanians.

As Yugoslavia disintegrated in the 1990s, Belgrade launched brutal wars of aggression against Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo. More than 250,000 were killed and nearly 2 million ethnically cleansed. Mr. Nikolic openly championed Serbia’s power grab and territorial annexations.

In Croatia, he served in notorious Serbian volunteer units where, dressed in Chetnik uniforms and espousing ultranationalist ideology, they engaged in systematic murder and destruction. The city of Vukovar was razed to the ground. Just outside of Vukovar, Serbian paramilitaries, aided by the Yugoslav army, erected the infamous Ovcara death camp. Croatian civilians were butchered. More than 50 mass graves, containing nearly 2,000 bodies, have been exhumed around the area. Many of the victims were elderly, women and children. That Mr. Nikolic boasts of having participated in such a ghastly campaign should be an embarrassment to the Serbian people. He was part of military units that committed unspeakable war crimes.

In Bosnia, Serbian forces conquered nearly 70 percent of the country. Their goal: to expel all Croatians and Bosniaks from Serb-held lands. They erected a network of concentration camps. The worst was the Omarska camp. More than 4,000 non-Serbs were slaughtered; countless others were beaten and tortured. The Rev. Stipo Sosic, a Catholic priest, managed to survive Omarska. In his memoir,“The Road to Hell and Back,” he recounts the horrendous atrocities that took place.

“Omarska was a factory of crimes. There were people dying of hunger, children were thrown into a burning oven, fingers, ears and noses were cut from men,” he writes.

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#2 May 25, 2012
Mr. Nikolic supported Belgrade’s genocidal project. In fact, he became the deputy leader of the Serbian Radical Party, run by the odious Vojislav Seselj and his band of nationalist fanatics. It called for the expulsion of all non-Serbs from Kosovo and large swaths of Bosnia and Croatia. It sought to unify all ethnically cleansed Serbian territories along with Macedonia and Montenegro into a Great Serb state. The Radicals were the heirs of Mihailovic’s Chetniks.

In 1999, Mr. Nikolic served as the deputy prime minister to Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic. As NATO bombed Serbia, Mr. Nikolic and his fellow Radicals sought to implement their final solution: the annihilation of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. He helped unleash a sweeping military invasion of the southern Serbian province. He also enabled Milosevic to crack down on domestic dissent, including murdering journalists and imprisoning anti-war activists.

For years, Mr. Nikolic has railed against the West - especially the United States. He blames America for Serbia’s woes and wants to diminish Washington on the world stage. He is an Orthodox Slavophile who seeks close ties with Moscow. An admirer of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mr. Nikolic hopes to emulate the Kremlin’s rule. He wants to expand Moscow’s influence in the Balkans. In the past, he has suggested that Serbia become a province of Russia.

In short, he is not some flinty Serbian patriot but a radical nationalist whose election threatens the region’s security. Mr. Nikolic has not abandoned the dream of a Greater Serbia. He claims, however, that he wants to achieve it “peacefully.” He demands that Kosovo be restored to Belgrade’s control; that the Bosnian Serb Republic secede from Sarajevo; and that Croatia relinquish areas claimed by Serbian revanchists. No wonder nationalists celebrated his victory, unfurling Chetnik flags and symbols, including the skull and bones.

Yet his policies will lead to only one outcome: war. He is challenging the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia’s neighbors. Mr. Nikolic is a political thug with delusions of grandeur. Serbia is eerily reminiscent of Weimar Germany. Defeated, humiliated and sliding toward an economic abyss, Serbian voters have opted for a neo-Nazi. He is not their savior. Rather, he is leading the Serbs - again - to doom and disaster.
Hasdrubalus

Thailand

#3 May 25, 2012
Hhaha western scum looking for every excuse they can find to blame it all on the Serbs again

nikolic is far from a nationalist, he proved it with his pro EU politics

US and EU are talking day and night about elections in Serbia and how nationalism is spreading throughout Serbia (they're clearly obsessed with that country) while at the same time they train and finance islamic albanian terrorism in the balkan, in the mid east and other parts of the world
Serbonazis

Bowmansville, NY

#4 May 25, 2012
Hasdrubalus wrote:
Hhaha western scum looking for every excuse they can find to blame it all on the Serbs again
nikolic is far from a nationalist, he proved it with his pro EU politics
US and EU are talking day and night about elections in Serbia and how nationalism is spreading throughout Serbia (they're clearly obsessed with that country) while at the same time they train and finance islamic albanian terrorism in the balkan, in the mid east and other parts of the world
nobody talks about little and unknown servia in USA. I live here. this fake Hasdrubalus love to lie and deceive since his real name is SERBOSLAVE, use your real and true name if SERBOSLAVE. your comments are totally irrevelevant.
-Dalmacija-ITorc ida

Ireland

#5 May 25, 2012
Serbonazis wrote:
<quoted text>nobody talks about little and unknown servia in USA. I live here. this fake Hasdrubalus love to lie and deceive since his real name is SERBOSLAVE, use your real and true name if SERBOSLAVE. your comments are totally irrevelevant.
Nikolic is not on the agenda for Dalmatian people Dalmatian people want to restore Dalmatian Independents. The Croat's can discuss with Serb's how many Serbs were murdered in Jasenovac ,Jadovo 700 000 or million we Dalmatians not interested in Ustasa business we are interested to rebuild Dalmatia
Dalmatia welcome home Displace Dalmatian Italians and Serbs home and rebuild multicultural democratic country with out ustasa Croat ideology
Sooner or later the Croatian occupation and aggression on Dalmacija will end
Cheers for multicultural democratic country independent Dalmatia
Banovic

Slovenia

#6 May 25, 2012
Serbonazis wrote:
<quoted text>nobody talks about little and unknown servia in USA. I live here. this fake Hasdrubalus love to lie and deceive since his real name is SERBOSLAVE, use your real and true name if SERBOSLAVE. your comments are totally irrevelevant.
Always bigger than albania

:-))))))))
Hasdrubalus

Thailand

#8 May 25, 2012
Austronazis wrote:
<quoted text>nobody talks about little and unknown servia in USA. I live here. this fake Hasdrubalus love to lie and deceive since his real name is SERBOSLAVE, use your real and true name if SERBOSLAVE. your comments are totally irrevelevant.
Nah buffalo austrian retard, you only can't get Serbian di...k out from your dirty mouths. Every day Serbs this, Serbs that. CNN, BBC, VOA: SERBS, SERBS, SERBS!!! Go to hell and leave us alone already obsessed maniacs.

Oh and when Serbs were eating with knives and forks in their castles you germanic scum were eating with hands. So much about your civilization
Serbonazis

Bowmansville, NY

#9 May 25, 2012
Hasdrubalus wrote:
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Nah buffalo austrian retard, you only can't get Serbian di...k out from your dirty mouths. Every day Serbs this, Serbs that. CNN, BBC, VOA: SERBS, SERBS, SERBS!!! Go to hell and leave us alone already obsessed maniacs.
Oh and when Serbs were eating with knives and forks in their castles you germanic scum were eating with hands. So much about your civilization
this one is a fake Hasdrubalus. he does not even know from world history who Hasdrubalus was. his real name is SERBOSLAVE and he need this name since he copies other peopels' name. he is so dumb and stupid. what else can come from servoslavia entity in the Balkans: dumb SERBOSLAVE
Anonymous

Beckenham, Australia

#10 May 26, 2012
Tomislav Nikolic is good for the balkans, let the arms race begin.!!!!!!
Drinjanin

Munno Para West, Australia

#11 May 26, 2012
-Dalmacija-ITorcida wrote:
<quoted text>Nikolic is not on the agenda for Dalmatian people Dalmatian people want to restore Dalmatian Independents. The Croat's can discuss with Serb's how many Serbs were murdered in Jasenovac ,Jadovo 700 000 or million we Dalmatians not interested in Ustasa business we are interested to rebuild Dalmatia
Dalmatia welcome home Displace Dalmatian Italians and Serbs home and rebuild multicultural democratic country with out ustasa Croat ideology
Sooner or later the Croatian occupation and aggression on Dalmacija will end
Cheers for multicultural democratic country independent Dalmatia
Puvaj mi u onu stvar i ako puhnes dobro udrit ce ti u glavu pa ces se onda smirit.
Vidis da ima lijeka i za takav izjebani mozak kao tvoj!
Kurac palac pravoslavac

Adelaide, Australia

#12 May 28, 2012
More washington times propaganda
Serbonazis

Bowmansville, NY

#13 May 28, 2012
Kurac palac pravoslavac wrote:
More washington times propaganda
the serbian psychotic propaganda is the worst in the whole wide world
king tom

Concord, Australia

#14 May 28, 2012
what i've just read about the man.i looks like the serbian people have just voted for a second round of war,what is it with these serbs
ustasha drinjanin

United States

#15 May 28, 2012
Drinjanin wrote:
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Puvaj mi u onu stvar i ako puhnes dobro udrit ce ti u glavu pa ces se onda smirit.
Vidis da ima lijeka i za takav izjebani mozak kao tvoj!
Majka tvoja zna najbolje da ti puhne, mozda ces se
smirit onda budalo! Ima lijeka i za brljivce kao sto si ti!
r2d2d is idiot

Slovenia

#16 May 28, 2012
king tom wrote:
what i've just read about the man.i looks like the serbian people have just voted for a second round of war,what is it with these serbs
you are confused Australian loser
Lost in Vietnam
Lost in Iraq
Lost in Afghanistan
Drinjanin

Australia

#17 May 28, 2012
ustasha drinjanin wrote:
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Majka tvoja zna najbolje da ti puhne, mozda ces se
smirit onda budalo! Ima lijeka i za brljivce kao sto si ti!
My only wish for a hating nazi bitch like you is that your children are the first to be blown to bits in any next Balkan conflict!
Banovic

Slovenia

#19 May 28, 2012
[QUOTE who="I'm Catholic Serb"]<quoted text>...but you are vlah cigan and not a real Serbian anyway![/QUOTE]

Zatvori ta smrdljiva konjusarska usta
Banovic

Slovenia

#21 May 28, 2012
Drinjanin wrote:
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My only wish for a hating nazi bitch like you is that your children are the first to be blown to bits in any next Balkan conflict!
It will stay only as wish
ustasha drinjanin

United States

#22 May 28, 2012
Drinjanin wrote:
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My only wish for a hating nazi bitch like you is that your children are the first to be blown to bits in any next Balkan conflict!
...and I wish you all the same and 10X fold, and I live in USA and my kids, or any member of my family is not going to the Balkans any time soon.
I don't hate every Croat, I just hate ustasha SCUM and a BITCH like yourself. Shut your face you PSYCO! Jebo te hitler i ante pavelic zajedno!
Drinjanin

Australia

#23 May 28, 2012
ustasha drinjanin wrote:
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...and I wish you all the same and 10X fold, and I live in USA and my kids, or any member of my family is not going to the Balkans any time soon.
I don't hate every Croat, I just hate ustasha SCUM and a BITCH like yourself. Shut your face you PSYCO! Jebo te hitler i ante pavelic zajedno!
So thats why you so freely and violently spew your hate over this topix because your flesh and blood are safe in the good old USA and you dont give a toss for the serb and croat and other children whose lives would be violently taken from them in any new balkan war!
Secondly Hitler i pavelic su najvise jebali vas srbe! At least thats what you serbs want to make us believe through your rants.

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