I get accused of only talking about the positives of Serbia and its people….. Here is an interesting article that I just stumbled onto.
In May of 1979 , Nikola Kavaja, a self-described ati-communist, was one of six Serbians that were arrested and convicted of bombing the Yugoslav council’s home in Chicago three years prior. He was released on bail shortly after the incident. He had boarded American Airlines Flight 293 in New York and a few minutes before landing he threatened the pilots saying he had a homemade bomb on board. He demanded the release of Serbian Orthodox priest, Stojilko Kajevich, who was still serving time in jail for the Chicago bombing. He allowed all 135 passengers and the majority of the crew to depart the plane before forcing the pilots back to New York. He demanded they have a fueled Boeing 707 waiting for them at Laguardia Airport . He had intentions of crashing it into the Yugoslav Community Party building in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. They landed in Ireland after his lawyer, who was also on board, urged him to give up this insane plan. He was arrested and sent back to Chicago where he was convicted and sentenced to 67 years in federal prison. He returned to Belgrade, Serbia after serving only 20 years of his sentence. The New York Times reported the following about his early years :
“The details of Mr. Kavaja’s life are difficult to verify and often clouded by his boasts. He had said he was born in 1933 in what is now Montenegro and grew up in the town of Pec. His family was separated by the Nazis during World War II and sent to prison camps in Albania. The first of the more than 17 people he killed, he said, was a wounded German soldier whom he flung down a well when he was 14.
He became an air force pilot, he said, while engaging in anti-Communist violence and acts of sabotage. After deserting, he was caught. He escaped from prison after four years and, according to an interview in The Paris Review in 2006, found his way to a United States military base in what was then West Germany.
There, Mr. Kavaja said, he became a mercenary for the C.I.A. He said that his biggest assignment was to assassinate Tito, the Communist leader of Yugoslavia, and that he had tried to do so four times without success, once while perched in a tree outside Camp David in Maryland during Tito’s visit with President Richard M. Nixon in 1971.”
Loved by some Serbians and hated by others, he died of a heart attack in November of 2008. Prior to his death, he also claimed that Osama Bin Laden stole his idea of crashing planes into buildings..
You can no longer say that I am spewing too many positive messages about Serbia. 🙂 We all have a few black marks in our history. 🙂