Friday, April 09, 2010

"Serbia has been a true ally to America" by Michael Pravica

The following "Letter to the Editor" by Michael Pravica was published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on


Thank you for publishing the March 23 news obituary "Art Jibilian: Part of WWII Team That Rescued Airmen in Nazi-Occupied Yugoslavia" detailing the efforts of Art "Jibby" Jibilian and others to save American and other Allied pilots in Nazi-occupied Serbia during World War II.

Americans need to learn more of the sacrifices made by Serbian civilians and the Serbian Chetniks during World War II to save Americans, Jews and many others from Nazi persecution and often certain death. Tragically, due to the fear of offending the nonaligned communist dictator Josip Broz Tito, this amazing story has been largely suppressed and ignored by our leaders to such an extent that few Americans knew until only very recently that Serbian General Draza Mihailovich (the leader of the Royalist Chetniks mentioned in the obituary) was posthumously awarded the U.S. Legion of Merit award in 1948 by President Truman.

Serbia has always wanted friendly relations with the United States and has been one of the United States' staunchest allies both in World War I and World War II. Our recent anti-Serbian foreign policy culminating in the vicious and illegal bombing of Serbia in Kosovo and the illegal theft of Kosovo (Serbia's Jerusalem) started by George H.W. Bush, and continued by Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, has had a horrible effect on international law and global stability. It's time for Americans to remember their true allies and encourage their leaders to undo the horrible suffering that the United States has inflicted on Serbia as the punching bag and testing grounds for the "new" world order.

Henderson, Nev.


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