"I spent the days of March 1 and 2 in Pale and in other
parts of Sarajevo. The weather was wintry. There was an accumulation of about 30 to 50cm
(2.5 to 4 feet) of snow on the ground. During the night of March 1-2 another 20cm (8
inches) of fresh snow had fallen.
Along the way, as it is still early morning, I see a small
number of vehicles filled with people who are forever leaving their ancestral homes in
Serb Sarajevo. By the afternoon, the roads are cluttered with caravans of horse-drawn
carts, cars, and overloaded trucks which the Army of the Republic of Srpska had lent these
unfortunate people so as to at least lighten their tragedy a little bit.
...Most of the trucks dont have any tarps, so the snow
is falling on the peoples furniture and other possessions.
... The evacuation is taking place in two directions. One is
across the Serb-held territories; another through a part of Sarajevo which has been under
Muslim control. During the last several days, the retreating Serb refugees have been
attacked by the Muslim stone-throwing mobs. There have been also physical assaults in
which several Serb civilians suffered serious injuries. There are also damaged
...During the last month or so the majority of the Sarajevo
Serbs has tried to exhume and move the graves of their family members who gave their lives
in defense of their ancestral homes. They are being reburied in Sokolac, Pale, Rogatica
and other places in the Republika Srpska...
Mar. 12, 1996. The Serbs have withdrawn completely from the
counties of Ilidza, Grbavica and Vraga (? - illegible).
According to the Dayton Accord, the Serbs retained the county
of Pale, and parts of the (Sarajevo) suburbs of Lukavica and Vojkovici. But, for all
intents and purposes, this is a wedge (into the now Muslim territory), a blind alley of
sorts. There are no roads between Pale and Lukavica and Vojkovic. The Serbs will be forced
to build new roads through the forests of Mount Jahorina.
Anybody with a detailed Dayton map can see the injustice
which it did to the Serbs. The Muslim territory intersects the road from Pale to Lukavica
and Vojkovici for about 1km (about 2/3 of a mile) - just so that the Serbs would not have
a contiguous link between their settlements.
I should point out that this intersecting of the road is of
absolutely no transportation or military significance to the Muslims. It was done solely
so as to make life more miserable for the Serbs, and to turn their territory into a blind
Dear Bob, the place where we took pictures during your July
1994 visit [site description withheld; generally - front lines in the vicinity of
Sarajevo], and where we drank coffee with Serb soldiers, is now where the (Dayton) border
separates the warring sides. The last time I visited this site was on Sept. 30, 1995. I
wanted to see how the worlds policeman destroyed all thats Serbian.
During the night of August 30, 1995, at 02:06, the world
policemans air force dropped its deadly load on [site description withheld], killing
five Serb soldiers, and seriously injuring three. The [site description] was completely
Mar. 13, 1996. With the evacuation of the Serbs from
Sarajevo, the "ethnic cleansing," or more gently put - the "ethnic
resettlement," of the peoples of the former Bosnia and Hercegovina (B&H) has now
been completed. The other day, I had an occasion to look at the data from the official
census of 1991. About 38% of the prewar Serb population in B&H has been driven from
their ancestral homes, and forced to resettle in other parts of the RS or in SRJ (Serbia).
Thats about 530,000 Serbs! At the same time, about 24% of the Croats and Muslims
have had to leave their homes in the Serb-held territories.
[...] Thats it for now. Much has happened since (we
last saw each other) Aug. 4, 1995, when the exodus of the Krajina Serbs started, and since
the start of the NATO air force operation on Aug. 28, 1995 through Sept. 15, 1995 - a
preamble to a Croat-Muslim offensive.
For me personally, the toughest part was the fall of my
native [town name withheld - generally - Western Bosnia] on [date withheld]. And when I
was awaiting in Banja Luka the arrival of my refugee mother who had to walk about 100km
(67 miles) on foot, sleeping by the roadside along the way. It is painful for me to recall
all that. It is hard for me to talk and write about all the things which have happened to
us, and are still happening. We are happy that the war is over, at least for now, although
weve lost a lot.
In short, this is a case now of classic occupation (by NATO).
I cannot otherwise understand why the (NATO) troops, wherever they show up, always have
their weapons on the ready; why the tanks and the armored vehicles are always pointed
toward the (Serb) civilian population; why the convoys of military vehicles drive through
populated areas at maximum speed; etc.?
We are an old civilization. Weve seen many foreign
occupiers come and go. Which is why we cannot understand the low regard for our lives
shown by the supposedly civilized people (NATO), who carry a tank by a helicopter 20-30
meters (22-33 yards) above the rooftops of apartment buildings in Banja Luka.
The leaders in arrogant behavior are the French, the British
and the Americans.
I dont understand why?
Dear Bob, thank you for your continuing concern for us. I
dont have much time these days, but I will make time occasionally to send you
reports like this from our homeland. Take care."