Milosevic promotes a "return to Serbia" movement after the collapse of Yugoslavia

Futurist

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What if Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic promoted a "return to Serbia" movement among ethnic Serbs in the other ex-Yugoslav states after the collapse of Yugoslavia?

What I mean by this is rather than supporting armed separatist attempts in Bosnia and Croatia, Milosevic would have encouraged ethnic Serbs living in these countries and also in other ex-Yugoslav countries to move to Serbia and start a new life there. One would think that the leaderships of the other ex-Yugoslav states would be on board with such a plan and might even provide funds for this plan in order to reduce the Serbian demographic presence (and really, demographic threat) in their own countries.

Anyway, if such a plan would have been implemented, could the wars in Bosnia and Croatia have been prevented? Also, how many Serbs do you think would have actually moved to Serbia in this scenario?
 

Futurist

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And why do you think Croatian and Bosnian Serbs would even accept such a plan?
Not all of them, but some of them. As for why, well, a lot of Russians voluntarily moved to Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Ditto with almost a million Kazakhs moving to Kazakhstan since 1991. Thus, why couldn't the same time have been done with a lot of the Serbs in the former Yugoslavia?
 

Maki

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I doubt the majority would cooperate. They would see this as capitulating to the HDZ and SDA regimes in Croatia and Bosnia and would most likely still take up arms.
 
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I doubt the majority would cooperate. They would see this as capitulating to the HDZ and SDA regimes in Croatia and Bosnia and would most likely still take up arms.
Oh.

Well, could Serbia at least pressure them to refrain from engaging in war crimes?
 

Maki

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Somewhat yes, but you have to understand that many of the war crimes of the Yugoslav Wars were not directed from the top. You would often have units wanting to "repay the favour" that is to avenge atrocities committed by the other side by committing their own atrocities. Goran Hadžić, the President of Serbian Krajina actually wanted to stop crimes against non-Serbs. On June 16th 1993 he issued a proclamation that condemned attacks on non-Serbs with the following words:
"In the ranks of the Serb Army of Krajina, besides the Serb majority, there is a minority of non-Serbs. Some of them have been in the ranks of the Serb defenders since the start of the war and have shown unwavering loyalty to the Serb authorities, bravery and solidarity with the sufferings of our people. As such, they have received absolute trust from their comrades and unit leaders. Considering that they are loyal citizens of our country, we believe that their place in the future is still in the ranks of our army and that it is completely logical that their families should continue living on our territory".
 
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Futurist

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Somewhat yes, but you have to understand that many of the war crimes of the Yugoslav Wars were not directed from the top. You would often have units wanting to "repay the favour" that is to avenge atrocities committed by the other side by committing their own atrocities. Goran Hadžić, the President of Serbian Krajina actually wanted to stop crimes against non-Serbs. On June 16th 1993 he issued a proclamation that condemned attacks on non-Serbs with the following words:
"In the ranks of the Serb Army of Krajina, besides the Serb majority, there is a minority of non-Serbs. Some of them have been in the ranks of the Serb defenders since the start of the war and have shown unwavering loyalty to the Serb authorities, bravery and solidarity with the sufferings of our people. As such, they have received absolute trust from their comrades and unit leaders. Considering that they are loyal citizens of our country, we believe that their place in the future is still in the ranks of our army and that it is completely logical that their families should continue living on our territory".
Interesting.

Did Republika Srpska's leadership ever likewise give out a similar order?
 

Maki

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I don't know about the order, but Srpska actively attempted to recruit Bosnian Muslims and Croats. Now, they were not wildly successful, but they formed a Bosnian Muslim unit commanded by Ismet Đuherić. It was called Independent Muslim unit "Meša Selimović" and was part of the 1st Krajina Corps of the Army of Republika Srpska.
 
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Futurist

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Interesting.

BTW, did the West intervene in the Bosnian War against the Serbs because the Serbs committed more atrocities? Or was there another reason as to why they intervened against the Serbs?
 

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