The Vukovar Tragedy 1991:
In the net of Propaganda Lies and
Armed Power of YPA - Vol. I
Prepared and edited by Sonja Biserko
The book reflects the Helsinki Committee's continued
endeavor to document the real causes of ex-Yugoslavia's disintegration.
The material and documentation compiled in two volumes throw light on
the pre-war political and social context. This edition is, therefore, a
valuable source of information for the researchers dealing with
contemporary history of the Balkan region.
"When it became clear that Yugoslavia cannot survive
or, as historian Milorad Ekmecic put it, when 'the civil war dispersed
the Yugoslav idea for which the Serbs had fought the longest and with
the biggest tenacity,' Serb intellectuals launched another goal - the
unity of the Serbian people. Dignitaries of the Serbian Orthodox Church
sided it as well. According to Metropolitan Amfilohije Radovic, 'Serbia,
Montenegro... Eastern Herzegovina, a considerable part of Bosnia and
Bosnian Krajina, and Srpska Krajina would make the bone marrow of those
united lands, the bone marrow that takes form anew despite
"Croatia was the only serious opponent of the Greater
Serbia project. Enabling Slovenia to step out of the SFRY was nothing
but a prelude to the showdown with Croatia. Milosevic defined Slovenia's
departure as 'narrowing the front of the resistance.' The short war in
Slovenia was just a simulation and served to compromise Federal Prime
Minister Ante Markovic. The war in Croatia was prepared simultaneously.
The initial plan was to keep the entire Croatia in a future Yugoslavia.
However, the plan was soon abandoned and replaced by the RAM plan that
was disclosed at the closed governmental session of September 18, 1991
when Prime Minister Markovic firstly referred to it. The Vreme weekly
confirmed that the RAM was 'not a fiction but a blueprint for Serbia's
borders in the West, a frame for some new Yugoslavia in which all Serbs,
together with their territories, would live in a single country," says,
among other things, the lengthy introduction to this two-volume edition.
The book on the Vukovar tragedy is the fifth edition
in the series publicized under the project "Coming to Grips with
Serbia's Prevalent Ideological Matrix" the realization of which was
supported by the Federal Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Federal
Republic of Germany.
The edition is available in Serbian only.