Wednesday, August 3, 2016

No wonder Balkan people are always fighting

Or maybe if Google could figure out where stuff is.

A zip code from solitaire was 74473. There is no U.S. town or area with the number, but it is assigned to Donja Dubica, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Search for Donja Dubica (or DD, as we will term it) got many hits. But the hits don’t match.

The first result from Wikipedia has “Dubica.” Sounded like maybe. But that Dubica is Kozarska Dubica, a town of 23,000. Kozarska Dubica is administratively part of the Republika Srpska. Wikipedia also says: “The town is originally known as "Kozarska Dubica" (Kozarska Dubica) but was renamed "Kozarska Dubica" (Козарска Дубица in Serbian Cyrillic) by the authorities of the Republika Srpska following the Bosnian War as part of a policy to purge out Bosnian prefixes.”

Oh. The name was changed from “Kozarska Dubica” to “Kozarska Dubica.”

Another listing for a Donja Dubica shows only ethnicity of the town’s population: Hrvati, Srbi, Muslimani, Jugoslaveni, ostali i nepozanto and ukupno. has a DD, with a population of 3,489. The currency is Marka, and the dialing code is +387.

There are a few pictures as well.

Another hit lists a “Gornja Dubica.”

Then there is an account of the 1990s war:

war crimes by Croatians against Serbs. You might think, “Same old Balkans stuff,” but remember the Nazis formed an independent Croatia, and Croatian Ustashi aided the Germans against Yugoslav guerrillas.

“Djoko (Stevo) Goranic from Donja Dubica, 55 years of age, says the following in his statement referring to that time and those events:

"’Fake wedding motorcades passed through the village many times. Protruding from the passing column of cars were aggressive fingers showing a V for victory, or hands indicating the motions of throat slitting so as to openly threaten the people, checkered (Ustashi) flags were waved, and all kinds of abuse and threats were shouted from them. Ustashi slogans and Ustashi symbols were drawn on the village road. Rallying cries and symbols with the same meaning and message were written and drawn on traffic signs and on fences around Serbian houses. This was done mainly at night in order to intimidate the Serbs. The initiatives of the Serbs from Donja Dubica with the communal assembly in Odzak aimed at peace, and requesting that the authorities deal with these practices had no result whatsoever’".

Remember, too, Serbians harassed and killed by Muslims in the Yugoslav/Serbian province of Kosovo, and the U.S. leading NATO into a bombing campaign against Yugoslavia, and now Kosovo is a separate country.

Too much to think about right now.

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