Croatian president Stjepan Mesic is considered a Democrat and anti-fascist, despite his speech 11 years ago stating that Croatia won with Hitler and won again with the Allies by being allowed to sit at the victors’ table. Then it won yet again in the 90s when the West repeated Hitler’s move and recognized an independent Croatia.

Since that slip, Mesic has been more careful and has gained a reputation for being a real Democrat — to the extent that Croatians can be — for he has had to butt heads with the Ustashism of the Croatian masses, if only to fool the EU, making him unpopular with the nation of nationalists.

So here, in June (sorry to be so late), this as-good-as-it-gets-in-Croatia leader said the following:

Serbs victims of Milošević, not Croatia
25 June 2008 | 10:16 | Source: Tanjug

VIENNA — Croatian President Stjepan Mesić says that Serbs driven from Croatia during Operation Storm were victims of Slobodan Milošević’s policies, not Croatia.

“It is said that after wars, history is written by the winners. Milošević duped everyone. The world, on the one hand, when he claimed he was fighting for Yugoslavia. The Serbs on the other, by instilling in them the hope that they’d one day live in a united country. He openly called for a battle for Greater Serbia,“ Mesić told Vienna daily Standard.

Note: Even a 3.5-year trial at the Hague was unable to find any evidence of Milosevic expressing a desire or plan to create a Greater Serbia, in fact admitting that he never did. Yet this guy continues to yap unchallenged.

“The Serbs who, after the war in our country, after the Storm operation to liberate the country, fled to Serbia, are in fact victims of Milošević’s policies, not Croatia’s,” the president said in response to criticism from Republic of Srpska (RS) Prime Minister Milorad Dodik regarding Croatia’s role in the conflict.

“I don’t want to get into a debate with Dodik, but the messages he’s been sending are unacceptable. One of his messages to Serbs in Croatia was that if they were unhappy they should move to the RS. That’s a resumption of Milošević’s policies…

So encouraging Serbs who don’t want to get axed to death by their neighbors, to return to where it’s safe is advocating a “Greater Serbia.” Got it.

Mesić acknowledged that it was a problem that exiled Serbs had not returned to Croatia, adding that his country was doing everything in its power to accelerate returns.

“When our citizens, regardless of ethnicity, return to Croatia, then that will be true proof that our society is democratic,“ the Croatian president surmised.

But the Serbs’ expulsion will still be celebrated every year as a national holiday. What Serb wouldn’t want to return to such a country?!