by Zdravka SOLDIC-ARAR
However, almost a third of poll participants (31.6%) believes that the knight from Sinj should not be prosecuted at all, mostly stressing that his contribution to the defense of the country is so huge that it is shameful to even mention a trial.
Our pollsters experienced a series of unpleasant situations when asking whether poll participants supported extradition of General Norac to the Hague Tribunal. Many times the response was that they should be ashamed of even asking something like that.
A woman from Vukovar-Srijem county, aged eighty, who as she said remembers every war of the past century warned that "we should protect our people" and emphasized that we should learn something from "Serbs who protect their war criminals, while Croats are prepared to extradite their heroes".
A father of a dead war veteran thought that all suspects should be prosecuted, including generals, but not based on command responsibility. However, he emphasized that the trial should take place in Croatia.
On the other hand, some citizens thought that members of the Croatian army should be tried only after "the very last Chetnik [Serb] is sentenced" and that "Chetniks have been issued clemency by the international community". A volunteer from the Homeland War believed that Norac should go to the Hague but "not because he is guilty, on the contrary, to prove that he isn't."
There were also opinions that General Norac should be tried in the Hague "as that court would be more objective" and that "an international crime" was in question. Such opinions are most numerous in Istria and Primorje-Goranska counties, therefore at the territories that were not directly affected by the war.
Almost half of polled citizens (47 percent) believe that Croat generals should not be prosecuted either by the Croatian or Hague judiciary.
Exactly 37.2 percent of poll participants believe that if Croatian generals are suspected of particular crimes they should be prosecuted by the Croatian judiciary, while 4.7 percent believe that they should be extradited to the Hague Tribunal.
Therefore, we can conclude that Croats oppose extradition of General Norac to the Hague Tribunal, as well as potential extradition of other generals.
A significant portion of the citizens does not reject a possibility that the suspected generals prove their innocence in Croatian courts while an even bigger portion is convinced that they should not be tried at all.
Dragan Lukic is a Serb. He can not escape that. He does not recognize the above mentioned things because he lives in the Croatian state, in my homeland. If Lukic were living in Serbia, his homeland, he would be very interested in borders (as is true for every Serb), in nation, and religion.
He refers to the Croatian youth, in the midst of Split, as "stench, scum, wretches and misers" (Globus, same issue). And that is not enough for him, so that he calls us "stink-ice". Then he says we are thieves ("steal, screw, gangs, criminal organizations"). Comrade Lukic would like to manage a culture center in Split with this type of vocabulary. This is the vocabulary of drug addicts, tramps, thieves, lazy bums and loiterers. If anyone abused Split that is his father Sasa, who according to Lukic is a musician. And they say that offspring follows in their parents footsteps.
Split, "his" as he says, is according to Lukic "a wasteland". If he prefers to live in Belgrade or Nis or elsewhere in Serbia and if that is "Florida" for him, let him go to his homeland. I hope that young Croats, and especially young Catholics will not fall for provocations and calls to anti-Croat demonstrations organized by Serb Lukic. I ask the young in Split and the local authorities - are there any young Croat intellectuals in Split or does the culture of young Croats really have to be directed by a Serb?
By the way, they have already taken control of many things in this country. We must stop them!