What's happening in Vojvodina?

Comrade L Paulsen wrote: OK, now it makes sense that one of the US/NATO spokesliars a few days ago said something along the lines of "When Milosevic gets done with Kosovo, he'll undoubtedly start ethnically cleansing the Vojvodina" [of Hungarians].

I think it was our wonderful Minister of War, George Robertson. As far as I can tell, there have been no indications of any denials of the rights of the Hungarians in Vojvodina -- if there were, we'd have been showered with them on the daily Nato press conferences. Does anyone know what is happening in Vojvodina?

Incidentally, the main pro-war correspondent of the Guardian, Martin Woollacott, is accusing any Nato country that is getting unhappy about the bombing of Yugoslavia of cowardice. On 21 May, this wretched warmonger started his article demanding a ground war with the words:

'The rot began with the Czechs. With Schweikian slyness, and within weeks of achieving their their heartfelt desire to join Nato, they announced they would under no circumstances send troops to fight in Kosovo.'

And it gets worse.

These self-righteous liberal bombers are going to have a nasty shock when Clinton cuts a deal with Milosevic in a couple of months time. No doubt they'll be accusing the USA of betraying their sacred cause. This will leave Blair somewhat high-and-dry, as he has been pushing the 'humanitarian crusade' line much more than any other Nato leader, and really hopes to run his own combination of D-Day and Thatcher's South Atlantic War in the Balkans.

What do commentators (honest ones, that is, not Nato hacks) in the USA think of Blair's antics?

Paul Flewers


Hi, this is me delurking. There have been some minor denials of rights in the area. 300,000 Hungarians are living in the Yugoslav rump, in the Vojvodina section (there are also Hungarians in the other former Yugoslav republics). Immediately after World War II, tensions between Hungarians and Serbians were high because some Hungarians had cooperated with the Germans during the war. Over time tensions eased and a peaceful coexistence developed among the various ethnic groups in the region. Vojvodina gained autonomy and this status was confirmed in the 1974 Yugoslav Constitution. The Hungarian language was recognized by local authorities and Hungarians had some control over local institutions such as the media.

Some of this has changed under Milosevic. In 1988 he forced the government of Vojvodina to resign and was able to exert significant influence over the reconstituted Vojvodina authorities. Ethnic Serbs have supposedly been "relocated" to the reason (though how many people are just moving, or fleeing the hotspots of the conflict of the war with Bosnia and Croatia is unclear, at least in mainstream sources) and there have been problems with the war as well. Many ethnic Hungarians have also angered the government by declaring their opposition to the warfare in Croatia and Bosnia as well as the refusal of