At dusk Stallone and I went out on recon and counted Cetnik casualties.
Damir then brings her with him to the Safe House, where a militia has formed, a group trying to defend their town against both Serbian militias, called Cetniks, and from the JNA--the Jugoslav National Army.
Revisiting World War II, when Nazi-linked Ustage, royalist Cetniks, and communist Partisans brutalized one another and the unaligned, the novel eerily anticipates the latest civil war.
While acknowledging violent acts on all sides, Dragkovic foregrounds those of Muslim Ustage and Serb Cetniks. His tale of twisted identities, its hero a Serb raised by Muslims, depicts what results when political ambition manipulates ancient memory stored as ethnic myth.
Raised by a Muslim woman who thought him the orphaned son of a Muslim family murdered by Cetniks, the young Alija discovers that he is in fact Ilija,(10) the last living member of that family so hideously murdered by Muslim Ustase.
Milazzo, The Cetnik Movement and the Yugoslav Resistance (Baltimore, 1975), 183.
The nationalist Serbian Cetniks, who were led by Drama Mihalovic and connected to the Yugoslav government-in-exile in London, were stronger in Serbia than in Independent Croatia.
A similar process of reversion took place in the former Yugoslav countries: if in the early 1990s communism came to be depicted as the absolute evil, local opponents such as the royalist Serb Cetniks
and the fascist Croat Ustase, after whom streets and places have been named, have been recuperated as heroes of their respective nations (Fine 181).
Two resistance movements emerged soon after the occupation: the Cetniks, led by Colonel (later General) Mihailovic, whose predominantly Serb forces were joined, overtaken and eventually defeated by the Partisans, skilfully organised by Josip Broz Tito, the Communist Party's General Secretary.
While all Yugoslav nations officially received equal recognition for liberating the country, the blame was also equally distributed--among the quislings and other anti-communists from all nations, but above all the Croatian Ustasas and Serbian Cetniks, between whom there was said to be little difference.
At crucial stages, Bosnian Muslim assertiveness remains a reaction to the serial conflicts of others, such as Serbs and Croats, Serbs and Austrians, and cetniks
and the Partisans.
During the war, Cetniks
and Communist Partisans fought not only each other but also the invaders and the Ustasa state.