* Riepilogo degli atti terroristici e di violenza nella provincia di
Kosovo e Metohija dall'arrivo di KFOR ed UNMIK, tra il 12 giugno 1999 ed
il 13 gennaio 2000 (Yugoslav Daily Survey / Min. Esteri RFJ)

* La morte di Dragoslav Basic (Tom Lochner, "The Times"; in italiano ed
in inglese)


Yugoslav Daily Survey - Special Issues

BELGRADE, 18 January 2000

of terrorist and other acts of violence in the province of Kosovo and
since the arrival of KFOR and UNMIK in the period from 12 June 1999 to
January 2000

1) Number of terrorist attacks: 3,688
Out of which 3,630 were committed against civilians, i.e. 3,433 against
Serbs and Montenegrins, 87 against Albanians and 110 against members of
other nationalities.
2) Number of abducted and missing persons: 688
Out of whom 656 were civilians, i.e. 598 were Serbs and Montenegrins, 36
Albanians and 22 members of other nationalities.
The fate of 559 abducted civilians is still unknown while 64 were
3) Number of killed persons: 793
Out of whom 772 were civilians, i.e. 684 were Serbs and Montenegrins (22
massacred, 84 mutilated and 5 burned to death), 63 were Albanians and 25
members of other nationalities in Kosovo and Metohija.
4) Number of arbitrarily arrested persons by KFOR:
Serbs accused of allegedly committing "war crimes" are detained in
in Pristina, Prizren, Sojevo near Urosevac, Kosovska Mitrovica,
Lipljan and Kolokot Banja. They have been arrested only on the ground of
information provided by the Albanians of the so-called "KLA" and a large
number of these persons are detained without any court decision.
5) Number of wounded persons: 611
6) Reported cases of physical assault, harassment and inflicted grave
bodily harm: 416
7) Registered cases of threats: 356
8) Registered number of dwellings broken into and forcibly taken
of: 776 in Pristina, over 200 in Kosovska Mitrovica, 190 in Gnjilane,
in Orahovac, a large number in Kosovo Polje and Lipljan.
9) Ethnic cleansing: Many towns were ethnically cleansed of Serbs and
non-Albanians. According to available UNHCR data of September 1999,
220 000 mainly Serbs and Montenegrins were driven out of Kosovo and
According to the latest data over 330 000 Serbs, Montenegrins, Roma,
Muslims, Goranci, Turks and other non-Albanians were expelled, of whom
000 are Serbs.
10) Registered number of homes burned down: about 50 000 houses were
down in Kosovo and Metohija.
11) Registered number of stolen vehicles: over 12 000 vehicles. As a
of open borders with Macedonia and Albania 250 000 vehicles were brought
into Kosovo and Metohija without payment of customs duties and most of
these vehicles were stolen.
12) Destruction of churches, monasteries and cultural monuments:
About 80 churches, monasteries and other religious buildings and
monuments were burned down or damaged including the following: the
of Assumption of Our Lady in Dolac, monastery of St. Marco in Korisa
1467, monastery of Prophets Kosmo and Damien in Zatociste from 14
the church in Kijev from the 14th century, the Holy Trinity monastery
the 14th century near Musutiste, monastery Devic built in 1440, church
St. Paraskeva in Drenik from the 16th century, church of St. Dimitri
Pec, the Orthodox church in Grmovo near Vitina, church of St. Ilija in
Cegra near Gnjilane, church of Holy Mother in Musutiste from 1315,
of Prophet Ilija in Bistricin, church of Apostles Peter and Paul in Suva
Reka, monastery of St. Uros in Nerodimlje, monastery of Archangel
from the 14th century in Binac, church of the Holy Virgin from the 16th
century in Belo Polje, church of St. John the Baptist in Pecka Banja,
churches in the villages of Naklo, Vucitrn, Petrovac, Urosevac,
Djurakovac, Krusevo, Osojane, Samodreca, Dresna near Klina, Rekovac,
Petric, monastery Dinac near Vitina, Holy Trinity Cathedral in
Places of worship were attacked, desecrated, demolished and burned down.
Clergy were terrorized and prosecuted. More than 150 parish residences
destroyed or damaged. Over 10 000 icons and other sacred objects were
stolen or destroyed.
The following cultural monuments were damaged and demolished:
- monuments in memory of giants of Serbian and Montenegrin literature
Karadzic and Petar Petrovic Njegos in the very centre of Pristina;
- monuments in memory of King Uros in Urosevac and King Dusan in
- memorial to Prince Lazar in Gnjilane and the memorial to Serbian
from the Nemanjic dynasty in the village of Gornje Nerodimlje.
13) Forced and illegal taking over of public institutions:
- forcible and illegal take-overs of premises and buildings of post
offices, banks, medical institutions, water and power supply systems,
university, elementary and secondary schools, municipal and other
authorities of local administration, local communes, buildings of the
Ministry of the Interior and the Army of Yugoslavia, factories,
enterprises, cooperatives, etc. in Pristina (premises of the Clinical
centre "Pristina" and the health station, the Federal Customs
Administration, the Public Housing Company, Institute for Urban
the public enterprise "Vodovod", thermal power plant "Kosovo B", depots
petrol stations of "Jugopetrol", the share-holding companies
"Kosmet-Pristina", "Kosovo-Trans", the public enterprise "Energoinvest",
the public enterprise "Auto-Pristina", "Car shock absorbers plant",
"Jugotrans", etc.) as well as in Prizren, Dragas, Podujevo, Lipljan,
Strpci, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovo Polje (with the assistance of the
members of KFOR), Djakovica (with the assistance of the members of
- by forced and illegal taking over of public enterprises and
over 20 000 employed Serbs, Montenegrins, Roma, Muslims, Goranci, Turks
other non-Albanians were sacked and replaced exclusively by Albanians,
are mostly unskilled.
14) Registered armed attacks on villages: Slovinj, Maticane, Orahovac,
Konjuh, Berivojce, Gornja Brnjica, the villages around Kosovska
Grncar, Magila, Ajvalija, all the villages of the Istok-Klina region,
Goracdevac near Pec, Svinjare, Klokot, Novo Brdo, Zjum, Donja and Gornja
Gusterica, Susica, Badavac, Bresje, Vrbovac, Vitina, Cernice,
of Gnjilane), Dobrusa, Veliko Ropotovo (municipality of Kosovska
Partes (municipality of Gnjilane), Pasjane (municipality of Gnjilane),
Ljestar, Budriga, Dobrotin (municipality of Lipljan), Grncar, Binac,
Ranilug, Silovo, Odovce, Rajanovce, Bosce, Caglavica, Paravolo, Lebane,
Gojbulja, in the following villages in the area of the municipality of
Gora: Brodosvce, Belobrod, Kukavce - frequent attacks against the houses
Goranci, Muslims and Albanians who are loyal to the FR of Yugoslavia.
All this runs counter to the assertions about the disarming of the
terrorist "KLA".
15) Registered sieges of villages: Gadnje, Orahovac and Velika Hoca
(population lives in a "ghetto"), Koretin, villages around Gnjilane,
Priluzje, Gornja Srbica, Gorazdevac.
16) Armed threats against villages and terror committed on a daily basis
against non-Albanian population: Ugljari, Srpski Babus, Stimlje, Novo
Bresje, the area around Kosovo Polje, Milosevo (against which the armed
attack was carried out), village of Zebnice (dramatic humanitarian
situation), majority of the mainly Croatian Catholic population who
in the villages of Letinice, Vrnez, Vrnavo Kolo and Sasare have moved
Drenovac (50 Serbs massacred), village of Cernice (series of incidents
which members of the US contingent of KFOR maltreated Serbs), Pozaranje,
Gotovusa, Gatnje, Zubin Potok, Veliki Alas, Vrelo and Radevo.
(17) The looted Serb villages from which the residents were forced out:
Muzicani, Slivovo, Orlovic, Dragas, the area around Kosovo Polje,
Livadice, Mirovac, Siriniska zupa, Medregovac, Grace, Zociste, Sofalije,
Dragoljevac, Tomance, Koretin, Lestar, Donja Sipasnica.
(18) Serb neighbourhoods set on fire: Istok, Klina, Donja Lapastica,
Obrandza, Velika Reka, Perane, Lause, the villages around Podujevo,
Donja Dubica, Zociste, Orahovac, Naklo, Vitomirice, Belo Polje,
Alos-Toplicane, Krajiste, Rudnik, Donji Strmac, Goles (municipality of
Lipljan), Orlovic (municipality of Pristina), Krpimej and Lausa
(municipality of Podujevo), Muzicane (all Serbian houses burned down),
Zaimovo, Denovac, Lesjane, Gornje and Donje Nerodimlje (all Serbian
looted and then burned down), Sinaje (municipality of Istok), Belovac,
Talinovac, Ljubizda, Klobuka (municipality of Kosovska Kamenica).
(19) Towns and residential areas ethnically cleansed of Serbs, Roma,
Muslims, Goranci and other non-Albanians: Prizren, Djakovica, Pec,
Podujevo, Vucitrn, Glogovac as well as the villages in the municipality
Istok: Dzakovo, Osojane, Tuzepom, Kos, Zac, Belica, Krnjine, Maticane,
Kacanik, Stimlje, Kmetovaska Vrbica, surroundings of Urosevac, Slivovo,
Nedakovac, Nevoljane, Vrpica, Ljestar, Zegra (municipality of Gnjilane),
Zitnje, Pozaranje, Grmovo, Drobes, Kabas and Binac (municipality of
- The ethnic cleansing has been in its final stages in Pristina (all the
Serbian population has been driven out of the largest residential
Ulpijana, Sun_ani Breg, Dardanija, Univerzitetsko Naselje), Gnjilane,
Urosevac, Kosovska Mitrovica, Lipljan, Kosovo Polje where 80 per cent of
the Serbian population has been expelled (houses burned down, looted,
property seized from the owners of shops, Albanian terrorists maltreat
physically abuse Serbs, who refused to sell their houses and move out of
Kosovo and Metohija, before the very eyes of the members of KFOR),
Kamenica, area of Vitina and Kosovsko Pomoravlje, as well as in the
villages of Toplicane, Rujice, Magure, Slovinja, Staro Gracko.
20) Registered number of illegal entries of foreign citizens into the
territory of the FR of Yugoslavia (Kosovo and Metohija) without the
necessary papers (visas and registration of stay with the competent
authorities): 677
Over 200 000 foreigners have illegally entered into the Province with
consent of UNMIK and KFOR. The Government of the FR of Yugoslavia has
officially requested their expulsion.
21) Registered number of criminal acts of illicit trafficking and
possession of goods without appropriate documents:137
22) Registered number of cases of violation of the land security zone by
KFOR 236
* * *
Terrorism of Albanian separatists
Total number of terrorist attacks 3,688
1. Civilians 3,630
- Serbs and Montenegrins 3,433
- Albanians 87
- members of other nationalities 110
2. Officials and facilities 58
A. Killed 793
1. Civilians 772
- Serbs and Montenegrins 684
- Albanians 63
- members of other nationalities 25
2. Officials 21
B. Wounded 611
1. Civilians 604
- Serbs and Montenegrins 565
- Albanians 18
- members of other nationalities 21
2. Officials 7
C. Kidnapped and missing 688
1. Civilians
- Serbs and Montenegrins 598
- Albanians 36
- members of other nationalities 22
2. Officials 32
Fate of kidnapped and missing
1. Killed 69
2. Escaped 6
3. Unaccounted-for 581
4. Released 32


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Pubblicato Mercoledi 15 Dicembre 1999
Professore dell'Universita' della California morto per il sogno del
Dragoslav Basic era tornato in patria per "costruire un ponte di
umanita' ": e' stato ucciso e i suoi familiari gravemente feriti.

Di Tom Lochner
L'uomo Serbo ucciso da un commando nelle strade di Pristina<
Jugoslavia, due setimane fa, era un ex-residente in Albania e
professore in visita all'Universita' della California , Berkeley, che
era tornato in patria per perseguire il suo sogno di un Kosovo in
Amici della baia orientale dicono che Dragoslav Basic, 63 anni, era una
autorevole voce di pace. Nato a Pristina, capitale del Kosovo, Basic
era professore di ingegneria civile, specializzatosi nella costruzione
di ponti ed altri progetti per lavori pubblici in aree ad elevato
rischio sismico.
Ma quando assunse la sua cattedra all'Universita' del Kosovo nel 1990,
dopo un anno e mezzo in California, Basic progetto' un diverso tipo di
"Mi disse 'Potrei aiutare la gente a costruire un ponte di umanita' che
nessun terremoto distrugga mai'" ha detto Nick Tomasevic, residente di
Berkley, pilota in pensione ed amico di Basic.
LA mattina del 29 Novembre Basic e' stato tirato fuori dalla sua
macchina con la moglie e la suocera e poi colpito con arma da
fuoco mentre una folla percoteva e torturava le donne tra i
festeggiamenti per la Giornata della Bandiera Albanese (commemorata dal
KLA), la festa che ricorda la nascita del moderno stato Albanese subito
dopo la I Guerra Mondiale.
L'attacco, ampiamente riportato da televisioni, stampa e radio a
livello internazionale, e' stato un segnale visibile e un richiamo alla
rabbia etnica a cui Basic cercava di porre fine.
"Non e' soo stato ucciso a colpi d'arma da fuoco- ha detto Snezana
Landau di El Cerrito, amica di famiglia - gli e' stato saparato come ad
un cane rabbioso in strada, con centinaia di persone che guardavano. E
nessuno ha voluto fare qualcosa".
Si pensa che Basic e sua moglie Dragica, 51, stessero portando la
madre di Dragica, Borka Jovanovic, 74, all'ospedale in seguito ad un
malore dell'anziana donna.
Le donne hanno riportato molteplici ferite e sono state ospedalizzate
a Nis, fuori dal Kosovo, nella Serbia orientale.
"Tomislav, il figlio della coppia, ha visto sua madre a Nis e ha detto
di non averla riconosciuta; racconta Desa Wakeman di Berkley, una
impiegata di una compagnia di leasing in pensionee sorella di
Tomasevic. I parenti di Wakeman hanno parlato con Tomislav per
telefono. " Ha detto: ' mia madre aveva dei bellissimi capelli neri, ma
non li ho potuti vedere tanto era l sangue che li copriva'".
Il martedi Dragica Basic era all'ospedale di Belgrado, quando e' stata
trasferita d'urgenza per un intervento agli occhi. Il giovedi Jovanovic
era nelo stesso ospedale in condizioni critiche.
Al momento della morte di Basic, il corpo studentesco dell'universita'
del Kosovo era diventato prevalentemente di etnia Albanese. Sebbene
insegnasse in Serbo-Croato e in Inglese, Basic aveva acquisito una
quasi completa padronanza della lingua Albanese ed aveva esortato altri
a fare lo stesso.
Una volta mi disse: "Quasi ogni albanese in Kosovo parla serbo-croato,
ogni non albanese in Kosovo dovrebbe parlare la sua bellissima lingua"
ha detto Tomasevic.
Basic era orgoglioso delle sue origini Serbe e fiducioso nel proprio
ruolo nel vecchio e nel nuovo Kosovo.
" questo e' il postoo dove la sua famiglia era vissuta per secoli"
disse Wakeman " erano persone con poca istruzione, serbi ortodossi,
portatori della tradizione serba e conoscitori della storia della zona.
Ecco perche' non hanno mai voluto spostarsi".
Basic consegui' un Master all'universita' del Mississippi alla fine
degli anni 70. Viveva nello University Village, un progetto di
costruzioni di proprieta' dell'univerista' di Berkley UC in Albania.
La figlia della coppia, Nikoleta, si e' dipomata alla scuola superiore
Albany nel 1989; Tomislav ha frequentato la scuola elementare Cornell.
I figli vivono attualmente in Serbia , dove Nikoleta insegna inglese e
Tomislav studia farmacologia.
Basic era presso l'universita' della California nel 1989 quando il
Presidente Yugoslavo Slobodan Milosevic, in piena crescita della
tensione etnica, revoco' lo status del Kosovo come provincia autonoma
all'interno della Repubblica Serba.

"(Basic) aveva un forte dilemma" ha detto Wakeman " disse: ' se tutti
scappano chi restera' la'? "
" Senti' che era suo dovere tornare, non solo come Serbo ma anche come
educatore", ha detto Wakeman " creeva che attraverso l'istruzione
superiore si potesse ottenere qualcosa di buono tra la gente del

E non solo fra Serbi ed Albanesi, ma anche tra le minoranze Turche,
Greche e Rom della provincia.
In un certo senso Basic stava cercando di reclamare parte della sua
" Il problema del Kosovo e della Yugoslavia gli premeva
particolarmente, non solo perche' era la sua patria ma perche' era un
esempio del fato che gli esseri umani possono coesistere se ci si mette
una maggior dose di buona volonta' ", ha detto Tomasevic.

I contrasti Cristiano-Musulmani nei Balcani risalgono al 1389, quando
un esercito Serbo fu sconfitto dai Turchi nella battaglia del Kosovo.
Basic era convinto, 600 anni dopo, che fosse tempo per rimarginare
quella ferita. Egli obiettava ai leader politici e religiosi che
perpetuavano la violenza per quello che non avevano detto quanto per
quello che avevano detto.

"BAsic fu molto critico quando Milosevic ando' in Kosovo per la
commemorazione dei 600 anni, per il fatto che non si rivolse alla
popolazione Albanese. Credeva che Milosevic avrebbe dovuto dire 'Cari
fratelli Albanesi: 600 anni fa una catastrofe si abbatte' su tutti noi
ed ora abbiamo un dovere. C'e' abbastanza spazio in Kosovo per tutti
Basic era convinto che nella Seconda Guerra Mondiale una semplice
lettera enciclica a tutte le Chiese Cattoliche Romane nel mondo, con
un'enfasi sul fatto che Cristo era Ebreo e che la Cristianita' e' una
branca del Giudaismo, avrebe potuto evitare l'Olocausto.

Dopo il suo ritorno Basic espresse disaccordo su cio' che aveva visto
come un ncoraggiamento da parte degli USA di una frammentazione della
Yugoslavia post- Tito. Wakeman e Tomasevic sono tra quelli di etnia
serba che nel 1941 furono 'ripuliti' dalla loro terra natia, la
Croazia, come dice Wakeman.

"BAsic accuso' il governo degli USA di non aver promosso l'idea del
melting pot", ha detto Tomasevic.

Basic credeva che gli USA aavrebbero dovuto dire ' Ascoltate: siete
dita di una stessa mano. Noi non tollereremo la disintegrazione del
vostro paese e vi aiuteremo a riorganizzarlo." ha detto Tomasevic.

Basic aveva una citazione preferita sulla fine della guerra, presa dal
poeta Ungherese del diaciannovesimo secolo Sandor PetÎfy, che pensava
avrebbe potuto diventare un motto per le Nazioni Unite:
" che cosa e' la gloria su un campo di battaglia rispetto al bellissimo
arcobaleno formato dai raggi di sole che filtrano attraverso una
pioggia di lacrime? " ha detto Toamsevic.

"Basic era un ingegnere civile- ha detto Tomasevic-ma oltre la sua
professione, era un grande umanista, un filosofo e un pacifista".

TESTO ORIGINALE (tradotto da Catia Morgetta)

>From: Herman de Tollenaere <hermantl@...>
>Subject: pacifist professor died for Kosovo dream [fwd]
>Published Wednesday, December 15, 1999
>UC professor died for Kosovo dream
>Dragoslav Basic returned to his homeland to 'build a bridge of humanity'
>over ethnic gulf; he was slain, his family critically injured
>There will be a commemorative service for Dragoslav Basic at noon Jan. 16
>at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Moraga.
>By Tom Lochner
>The Serbian man killed by a mob in the streets of Pristina, Yugoslavia, two
>weeks ago was a former Albany resident and visiting professor at
>UC-Berkeley who went home to pursue his dream of a harmonious Kosovo.
>Friends in the East Bay say Dragoslav Basic, 63, was a powerful voice for
>A native of Pristina, Kosovo's capital, Basic was a professor of civil
>engineering who specialized in the construction of bridges and other public
>works projects in earthquake-prone areas.
>But when he took a position at the University of Kosovo in 1990 after 11/2
>years at Cal, Basic envisioned a different kind of bridge.
>"He told me 'I could help the people build a bridge of humanity that no
>earthquake could ever destroy,' " said Berkeley resident Nick Tomasevic, a
>retired pilot and friend.
>Early in the morning of Nov. 29, Basic was pulled from his car along with
>his wife and mother-in-law, then shot as a crowd beat and tortured the
>women amid revelry on Albanian Flag Day [as celebrated by the KLA], the
>holiday that commemorates the birth of the modern Albanian state in the
>aftermath of World War I.
>The attack, reported widely on international television, newspapers and
>radio, was a graphic reminder of the ethnic rage Basic sought to quell.
>"It was not like he was just shot and killed," said Snezana Landau of El
>Cerrito, a friend of the family. "He was shot like a mad dog in the street
>with hundreds of people looking on. And nobody wanted to do anything."
>Basic and his wife, Dragica, 51, are believed to have been taking Dragica's
>mother, Borka Jovanovic, 74, to a hospital after the older woman fell ill.
>The women suffered numerous injuries and were hospitalized in Nis, outside
>Kosovo in eastern Serbia.
>"Tomislav (the couple's son) saw his mother in Nis; he said he could not
>recognize her," said Desa Wakeman of Berkeley, a retired executive for a
>leasing company and Tomasevic's sister.
>Wakeman's relatives spoke to Tomislav by phone.
>"He said, 'My mother, you know, had beautiful black hair, but I couldn't
>see it, there was so much blood.' "
>On Tuesday, Dragica Basic was in a Belgrade hospital where she had been
>transferred for emergency eye surgery on Thursday. Jovanovic was in the
>same hospital in critical condition.
>By the time of Basic's death, the student body at the University of Kosovo
>had become overwhelmingly ethnic Albanian. Although he taught in
>Serbo-Croatian and English, Basic had become almost fluent in Albanian and
>advocated that others do the same.
>"He once said to me, 'Almost every Albanian in Kosovo speaks
>Serbo-Croatian; every non-Albanian in Kosovo should speak their beautiful
>language,' " Tomasevic said.
>Basic, a Fulbright scholar, was proud of his Serbian roots and confident of
>his place in the old, and the new, Kosovo.
>"This is where his family had lived for centuries," said Wakeman. "They
>were very literate, Serbian Orthodox people, carriers of the Serbian
>tradition, who knew the history of the area. That is why they did not want
>to move."
>Basic earned a master's degree at the University of Mississippi in the late
>1970s, friends said. Basic lived at University Village, a UC-Berkeley-owned
>housing project in Albany.
>The couple's daughter, Nikoleta, graduated from Albany High School in 1989;
>Tomislav attended Cornell Elementary School. The children live in Serbia
>today, where Nikoleta teaches English and Tomislav studies pharmacology.
>Basic was at Cal in 1989 when Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic,
>with ethnic strife on the rise, revoked Kosovo's status as an autonomous
>province within the Serbian Republic.
>"(Basic) had a tremendous dilemma," said Wakeman. "He said, 'If everybody
>escapes, who is going to remain there?'
>"He felt it was his duty to return, not just as a Serb but as an educator,"
>said Wakeman. "He believed that through higher education, something good
>could be achieved among the people of Kosovo."
>And not just among Serbs and Albanians, but the province's Turkish, Greek
>and Rom minorities as well.
>In a sense, Basic was trying to reclaim a part of his youth.
>"The problem of Kosovo and Yugoslavia affected him terribly, not just
>because it was his homeland but because it was an example that human beings
>could coexist if the good will was applied more often," Tomasevic said.
>Christian-Muslim animosity in the Balkans goes back to 1389, when a Serbian
>army fell to the Turks at the Battle of Kosovo. Basic was determined, 600
>years later, that it was time for that wound to heal. He objected to
>political and religious leaders perpetuating violence, often by what they
>failed to say as much as by what they said.
>"Basic was very critical when Milosevic went to Kosovo on the commemoration
>of 600 years, that he did not address the Albanian people," Tomasevic said.
>"He believed (Milosevic) should have said, 'Dear brother Albanians: 600
>years ago, a catastrophe happened to all of us, and now we have a duty.
>There is enough room in Kosovo for all of us."
>In World War II, Basic believed, "a simple encyclical letter to all the
>Roman Catholic churches in the world, emphasizing that Jesus Christ was
>Jewish, that Christianity is a branch of Judaism, like Islam, too," might
>have staved off the Holocaust, Tomasevic said.
>After Basic returned, he lamented what he saw as U.S. encouragement of
>post-Tito Yugoslavia's fragmentation, said Tomasevic. Wakeman and Tomasevic
>are ethnic Serbs who in 1941 were "cleansed" from their native Croatia, as
>Wakeman puts it.
>"(Basic) accused the U.S. government of not (promoting) the idea of the
>melting pot," Tomasevic said.
>Basic believed the U.S. should have said, "Listen, people: you are fingers
>of the same hand. We ... will not tolerate disintegration of your country.
>We will help you reorganize it," said Tomasevic.
>Basic had a favorite saying about the end of war, by the 19th century
>Hungarian poet Sandor PetÎfy, that he thought would make a great motto for
>the United Nations:
>"What is battlefield glory compared to the beautiful rainbow made by
>breaking the sun's rays through the rain of tears?," Tomasevic said.
>"This fellow, Basic, he was a civil engineer," said Tomasevic, "but besides
>his profession, he was a great humanist, a philosopher and a pacifist."
>Herman de Tollenaere

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