I must reply to this although it is bit old.
Living there I am half czech and half serbian living in Vojvodina i witnessed the bombings and wars.
First and foremost I would like to shed some light on the matter.
Serbia generally started almost every war in the former Yugoslavia.
Both Vojvodina and kosovo were territorial autonomies in Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and their autonomy was guaranteed by the constituition of 1974. In the late 80's serbia forcefully abolished those autonomies aginst the constitution. It was the trigger of all wars later on.
After abolishment of the autonomy, albanians were kicked from their worplaces, their schools, from the whole system.
Same thing happened in Vojvodina but it was not limited to nonserbs. Nonserbs and serbs alike lost their jobs in Vojvodina only because they were seen as unreliable element.
The riches of Vojvodina were plundered by serbia thus financing wars that will start onlt a year or two later.
Everything people of Vojvodina built is now destroyed, plundered, pillaged, sold to shady businessman and given as present.
Our railroads are nonexistant, our oil industry given to russians for peanuts.....
Serbia is completely useless, predatory, thieving excuse of a country.
Worried man wrote:Greetings, everyone.
First of all, I don't want to offend anyone with this post by any means.
Second thing, please excuse my English.
I am from Serbia.
To pedro1974: thanks for starting this topic.
I really don't know anything about affaire in Tibet, though I would like to discuss about Kosovo. I am sad indeed on what is happening to my country. Looking back few decades, you'll see that:
-SFR Yugoslavia was divided, and not peacefuly (knowing that Serbs and Croats have same ancestors, everyone can see how sad this bloodsheed was)
-Remaining two countries of this country have parted ways: Montenegro parted from Serbia:
-NATO bombarded our country after war with Albanians...
Yes, well, only after serbia abolished autonomy for kosovo and Vojvodina, started wars in SLovenia, Croatia, Bosnia...etc
To Alexx: please, remember that we really care about Kosovo, especially becouse that is not just a theritorry for us. Also, Nish is not the only Serbian town, and you did not spoke to all it's residents.
I'll try to explain why did the ones you spoke to told you not to go to Kosovo: as like as Petr_B said, they think it's not safe there (you know that it's currently unstable region, and I need to tell that few remaining Serbian monasteries are under militarry guard, and protected by barbed wires); religious and cultural diferences and conflicts are too strong. And, I'll need to remind you that they did not flee from Kosovo willingly.
You are forgetting to tell that huge ammount of serbs left kosovo before the war after selling their homes to albanians for riddiculosly high prices.
It really shows how much you care about kosovo
About the crimes during war time: I really don't know who commited more of them, but I know booth sides did. For example, my friend told me about the video he saw: Serbian baby was crucified on the wall house. Can you imagine that? I cried after I heard that. Couldn't sleep for days.
Oh please...your friend told you what he saw at a friends friend house a video borrowed from a friend. You are very naive. Only facts please, although you are right that everyone commited attrocities.
To BMoody: It is hard to explain, as our cultural diferences are huge. Anyway, we are all taught to love our country with all hearth.
You mean the one serbia helped by destroying it...you know, the one, original SFRJ?
We just follow the moralle codexs'. *She then went on about how she and her family would fight and die for Serbia. Scary stuff aye?*, you said. I don't mean to offend you with this, but take a look on what you said: it's not scarry to a girl, and is to you? Her words are patriotic, and if your country was in such a terrible conditions, under the treath, you would think and tell same words, if you were a patriot.
Blah, they are all brave when in another country
Our country is small. (Btw, do you know about the Thermopile battle and king Leonidas?) But most of us are ready to defend it, despite the dangers and owerwhelming powers that can attack her. I think it's ok. What do you people think about that?
Yeah, a small country you are, so small you managed to attack and invade every other small country in the neighborhood.
Please understand that we are not barbarians. And one more thing: I am really offended and sad to see that Serbs are taken for terrorists. We are not terrorists! Please understand that!
No....you only managed to trigger World War One by a terrorist attack on a crown prince of the neighboring empire.
And what made me upset were some videos I saw:
foreign soldiers (peacekeepers) torturing and killing dogs on Kosovo;
old woman (about 70-80 years old) was beaten by group of Albanians, who ruined her house after that...
Really, a dog.......shame on them.
How about a video os serb soldiers killing 16-years old boys by shooting them in the back in Srebrenica....wanna see this one. I can provide a link if you wish
Someone said that Serbs occupied Kosovo. Please, remember that Kosovo is Serbian theritorry. And more, as I said before. If anyone wants to know what Kosovo is to Serbia, please find some info on Battle of Kosovo, jully 28. 1389. and kniaz Lazar.
Well, you forgot to tell the audience that serbs eventually lost that battle and the right to kosovo for the next...well, 500 years.
So kosovo was essentialy Turkey more then it was serbia by a large magnitude.
ALso a Vojvodina was never serbia and serbia shoved its troops to Vojvodina after WWI and used bogus referendum where only 30% of the population were allowed to vote to make it "join"to serbia. After that it's all downthehill for Vojvodina which was once a developed part of the Europe until it "became" serbia. Let's face it...serbia is totally incompetent sorry excuse of a country.
There is one more thing that I want to tell: there are many Romanians and Hungarians in north Serbia (Vojvodina) and a great number of muslims north-west of Kosovo - the part of our country that borders to Montenegro. Are these lands going to be taken from us, too?
Vojvodina is NOT your land..remember...you occupied it..never was serbia. It was developed part of Europe until serbia annexed it
I am really worried. I am affraid there will be war again. Please do not support Kosovo independence!
What war....?? Serbia started most of the wars
I am only 18 and I might not be competent to talk about this, but I really love my country, and want to know what do foreigners think about our case.
Thanks for understanding, and thanks in advance for your replies.
Well, I am 36 and I loved my country which serbia essentially destroyed and I love my homeland of Vojvodina which serbia is destroying as we speak.