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  • A poster depicting Gen. Ante Gotovina is seen in harbor in his hometown of Pakostane, southern Croatia, Thursday, April 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

    KUHNER: Croatia's triumph

    Croatia's national independence finally has been secured. This is the real meaning of the recent ruling by the U.N. war crimes court in The Hague to overturn the conviction of Croatian Gen. Ante Gotovina.

  • Croatia fans burn EU flag before Euro 2012 match

    Croatian soccer fans burned a European Union flag and paraded around with posters of a convicted war criminal before their team faces Italy at the European Championship on Thursday.

  • Pope Benedict XVI answers reporters' questions aboard the airplane heading to Zagreb, Croatia, Saturday, June 4, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI will be visiting the Croatian capital from June 4 to 5 for the first time. At right is father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesperson and cardinal Tarciso Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, second from right. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

    Pope backs Croatia's European Union bid

    Pope Benedict XVI gave strong backing to Croatia's bid to join the European Union as he arrived in the Balkan country Saturday, but he said he understands those skeptics who fear the EU's "overly strong centralized bureaucracy."

  • A poster depicting Gen. Ante Gotovina is seen in harbor in his hometown of Pakostane, southern Croatia, Thursday, April 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

    KUHNER: The coming Balkan war

    Croatia is headed toward another war. The Balkans - again - will explode with violence. It is only a matter of time. And the so-called "international community" has been pivotal in stoking the flames of ethnic conflict.

  • A poster depicting Gen. Ante Gotovina is seen in harbor in his hometown of Pakostane, southern Croatia, Thursday, April 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

    U.N. court convicts Balkan wartime hero to Croatians

    A commander hailed by Croats as a hero of the Balkan conflict was convicted of war crimes by a U.N. court Friday and sentenced to 24 years in prison for a campaign of shelling, shootings and expulsions aimed at driving Serbs out of a Croatian border region in 1995.

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