Today see the 17th anniversary of Croatia’s Operation Storm, which liberated much of occupied Croatian territory, saved Bosnia-Herzegovina and ended the war. It stopped the full implementation of the plans of Milosevic, Karadzic and Mladic.
However, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia last year found that Operation Storm was a Joint Criminal Enterprise and convicted General Ante Gotovina and General Mladen Markac for it. Not surprisingly, this has caused outrage in Croatia – and outside of it too.
Today, the major Croatian newspaper Vecernji List release with today’s edition DVD documentary, ‘Udruzena Nepravda,’ – ‘Joint Injustice’. The documentary features a number of talking heads and is largely in English with Croatian subtitles. It has a strong international flavour, and features commentators such as Robin Harris (former adviser to Margaret Thatcher), actor Goran Visnjic, Ina Vukic and Mishka Gora. It also features CBR editor Brian Gallagher, who has been writing on the case for over ten years now.
We strongly recommend this DVD. Aside from the humanitarian impact of saving untold thousands of lives in Croatian and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Operation Storm preserved Croatia for the world. Many people outside Croatia go to the country for holidays, to see its history or to do business there. Some buy holiday homes; some even move there permanently for its superior quality of life. It’s because of Operation Storm and the actions of Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac that such things are possible. Visitors to Croatia today should buy the DVD, so they can familiarise themselves with the issue.
The DVD should be available from kiosks selling Vecernji List across Croatia.
Vecernji List DVD trailer can be seen here.
Many previous articles by CBR editor Brian Gallagher on the Gotovina/Markac case can be found here.