Monday, April 10, 2006

"The First War Crime was Committed in Slovenia"

The case of Holmec is in the lime light again. This time under fresh interpretation, instigated a few years ago by Neva Miklavcic Predan and implicitly supported by the Minister for Interior Affairs of that time (Bandelj) for the purpose of short-term political gains... How characteristic for narrow minded people and for self-proclaimed liberals. Let's see how the independent narrates the story (by a Serbian journalist, to make sure). The complete version is available at, hereby we concentrate just on the most thought-provoking points:

1) "Slovenian authorities have closed the file on the very first known war crime committed in the Balkan conflict as the former Yugoslavia broke apart. In fact, they have emphatically done so twice in the last few days."

2)"The footage, made by Austrian ORF TV, has shocked the Slovenian public. It shows three soldiers waving a white sheet in apparent surrender, in the north-eastern village of Holmec, near the Austrian border. They are calmly shot dead by Slovene policemen who had surrounded them."

3)" The head of the Slovene Helsinki Monitor human rights group, Neva Miklavcic Predan, described the video as "the first documented war crime in former Yugoslavia," while many analysts compare it with the footage of the execution of six Muslims by Bosnian Serbs after the fall of the Muslim "safe haven" of Srebrenica in 1995."

4) "The Holmec case was a secret kept from the public for years, until a small newspaper carried an item on the shootings in 1999."

The best part, please read carefully:

5) "Slovenia waged (sic!) a short and relatively bloodless war of independence in June 1991 against the army then known as the Yugoslav People's Army (JNA). At the time, JNA was mostly made up of secondary school graduates and conscripts. A total of 47 JNA soldiers were killed in Slovenia, most of them aged between 18 and 22, from all the ethnic groups of the former Yugoslavia."

6) "Although the Slovene prosecution has closed the book on the Holmec case, the controversy is still alive. Miklavcic Predan is on trial in Slovenia for "deeply hurting the feelings of Slovene veterans of war" with her statements, and faces up to five years in prison for slander.
She said at the outset of the trial two months ago that it was a "political" case

The best comes at the end under the fairy-tale number:

7) "Slovenia, with a population of only two million, is the only former Yugoslav republic to have joined the European Union, of which it became a full member in 2004.

But although it has a squeaky clean image inside Europe, Slovenia's human rights record has been tarnished by its treatment of non-Slovenes. "

What can we say: Sancta simplicitas. Very professional journalism, not tendencious at all... but above all: thank you Neva, thank you those in and close to LDS for tarnishing our face in Europe. We should just wait for a moment when Mr. Jansa &Co., who defended the independent Slovenia and make our dream a reality, end up in Hague for attacking and killing the innocent members of the JNA - which was not one of the biggest war machines in Europe, but merely a toothless kindergarden equipped with plastic guns and white handkerchief...


At 7:08 PM, Blogger Jernej Letnar said...

Žaljivih komentarjev raznih strahopetnežev, ki se ne upajo nastopati s svojim imenom in priimkom!! na tem blogu ne bomo dopuščali. Zato vas vse prosimo, da vaši prispevki niso žaljivi in da ne vsebujejo besed, ki niso primerne za objavo. Vsi pa tudi vemo, da v današnjih časih ni težko izslediti računalnika iz katerega je poslan določen komentar. Najlepša hvala.

Jernej Letnar

At 8:07 PM, Anonymous Luka said...

OMG, ... and then they call that serious journalism. Neva Miklavčič Predan ... isn't that the woman who phisically attacked Matevž Krivic during the affair of the "izbrisani"? Maybe he was not enough radical for her :)A highly attendible source, I have to say...

Anyway, the whole story has a positive side, too: as we now how many light years this coverage is from the actual truth, it teaches us to be very careful when we take seriously articles about the situation in a third country - it's always better not to make assumptions based on someone's else's judgement.

At 11:02 AM, Blogger srdjan kezunović said...

"But although it has a squeaky clean image inside Europe, Slovenia's human rights record has been tarnished by its treatment of non-Slovenes. "

well, that is perfectly true! what about 'the erased'? It's not a war crime, but administrative genocide none the less. And not just in my opinion, but also in opinion of many HR organizations, including the Council of Europe.


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