What did Milosevic do?

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Slobadan Milosevic was the president of Serbia. He was charged by the World Court for crimes against humanity which included war crimes and genocide during wars in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Croatia. The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia charged him with war crimes. During the trial, which lasted five years, Milosevic mounted his own defense. He died of a heart attack in his cell.

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How long was slobodan milosevic in power?

He was president of Serbia from 1989-97 and of Yugoslavia from 1997-2000

Why do Serbs and Croats hate each other?

This topic is a complex one and for the most part is based on the abuse of power. Such abuse translated into promoting national interests, namely more land, ethnic and cultural supremacy, etc. In this instance Serbia hated Croatia because Croatia and other Yugoslav states (namely Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia) foiled its plans of creating 'Greater Serbia'. The Serbian abuse of power prompted the other states to secede. From the time of Serbian independence in 1878 Serbia held the upper hand over the other western Balkan states and for the greater part of the following century. Serbia made sure that the power was used for the benefit of the Serbian people and to the detriment of others. In the 19th century Serbs, unlike other western Balkan nations, had their own independent kingdom and powerful allies such as the Russian Empire that made sure Serbia was and stayed powerful. Serbia's long term goal was to make every Balkan ethnic group in its sphere of influence (south Slavic nations of Slovenes, Croats, Bosnians and Macedonians) become Serbian. The notion of greater Serbia stems from a 19th century Serbian politician Ilija Garasanin who wrote a memorandum in 1844 that covered taking over and incorporating surrounding countries and people into a Greater Serbian state. This memorandum was to serve as a backbone of Serbian expansionism for future generations. It was a general Serbian consensus that all the people in these lands were Serbian: Slovenes being the alpine Serbs, the Croats being Catholic Serbs, the Bosniaks Muslim Serbs and the Macedonians - southern Serbs. In the Kingdom of Yugoslavia of the early 20th century, the Macedonians were not allowed to have a nation but were referred to as the southern Serbs. The Macedonians were not happy in the least and subsequently assassinated the Serbian King Alexander I by a Macedonian revolutionary (Velicko Kerin also known as Vlado Chernozemski). Furthermore, none of the lands that were to be incorporated into Greater Serbia had any historical links with Serbia apart from brief periods of occupation in the late middle ages by the Serbian Kingdom of parts of Macedonia, Greece and Albania, and the Vlach and Serbian orthodox refugees that were fleeing the Turkish oppression during the 17 century. These Vlach refugees settled in parts of Hungary, Croatia and Bosnia. The Vlachs were an indigenous Balkan population of romanized Illyrians and Thracians that converted to Orthodox Christianity and from 18th to 20th centuries in particular, came to see themselves as Serbs due to their cultural similarities and relative isolation from their true kinsmen - the Romanians. At the time of these migrations ethnic Vlachs were closer related to the Romanians than the Serbs both ethnically and linguistically. Serbs were Slavs and Vlachs were not. The lands (outside of Serbia), although currently populated by Serb minorities were NOT initially populated by Vlachs or Serbs. As an example, Croatia was initially settled by the Croats in the 7th/8th century and the Vlach populations started arriving 1000 years later - from the 17th century onwards. These lands still had Croatian settlers though now had Vlachs as well, invited by the Habsburgs to populate the decimated lands of the Ottoman invasions. After World War 1, Croatia joined the kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. The kingdom was ruled by a Serbian dynasty eager to exert control over all the nations in the country with the final aim of making a kingdom of all Serbs - The Greater Serbia. This of course was welcome by neither the Slovenes nor the Croats, nor the Bosniaks, Macedonians and Albanians for that matter. The Serbian dictatorship in the kingdom was ever present in the country. The military, police and the government were all Serbian. The school curriculum was taught in Serbian - Serbian history, Serbian language. Slowly other nations were to be wiped out culturally and if not, forcibly if need be as was evident in the 1990s Serbian aggression in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and finally Kosovo. These wars were led by Slobodan Milosevic, the president of Serbia who died in the Hague whilst being tried for war crimes in former Yugoslavia. To conclude, Serbia and Serbian politics was its own worst enemy bringing hatred to its neighbours. Prior to the 19th century, there were no historical records of any western Balkan nations hating the Serbs or vice versa. Serbs brought hatred through their thirst for power and their own selfish interests to the detriment of others.

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