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Writer Julia Gorin provides yet another well-researched, insightful, perceptive and truthful commentary regarding the Balkans and the West's relationship with the various ethnic groups that comprised the former Yugoslavia. This time she confronts comments made by Florida Senator Marco Rubio in a major foreign policy speech on September 13, 2011 in North Carolina as well as provides an indictment of Senator Rubio's unfortunate judgment.
As you will see, the ghost of General Draza Mihailovich is ever present.
Julia Gorin is that rare thing in the world today: A real journalist in the truest sense of the word.
The Anti-Serb Thing — from a Cuban-American.
(Really?) (I Mean, Really?)
(Really?) (I Mean, Really?)
"As the son of Cuban exiles, junior Florida senator Marco Rubio should be particularly sensitive to attempts at painting a people as crazed criminals, often done in service of an underlying political agenda..."
"Letters to the Editor"
September 23, 2011
Rubio defending wrong side in Balkan conflict
As a Jewish conservative who vigorously defended Cuban-Americans during the Elian Gonzalez siege, I am sickened that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., would smear another maligned people as he did in a Sept. 13 speech at the Jesse Helms Center where he said, “The American armed forces ... stopped Nazism and Communism and other evils such as Serbian ethnic cleansing.”
A year after our leaders lied to us in 1999 about the mythical “Operation Horseshoe” (the ethnic cleansing plan subsequently shown to have been a Croatian-assisted concoction by a resurgent Germany delivering payback to Serbs for World War II), it was the Miami Cubans’ turn to be depicted as wild extremists and “kidnappers” for merely expecting due process.
The fact that Elian’s father, Juan Gonzalez, wanted asylum for both himself and the boy came out in a belatedly revealed INS memo that was ordered destroyed by then-Commissioner Doris Meissner.
The Balkans are an example of where the American military was the opposite of “a force of good,” giving wings to a state ruled by fear by an elite that is above the law, and where prosecution witnesses either drop out — or drop dead.
Aleksandra Rebic Today (Sept. 26, 2011)
Excellent letter by Julia Gorin. Thank you for publishing it. Ms. Gorin has been consistently vigilant about the misinformation and disinformation campaign waged against the Serbs for two decades now. She is a true journalist.
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