Originally posted by DJ Bungi
Ero, you are sadly mistaken. You are Croatian if you were in Croatia. You like it or not, you are Herzegovinian & Catholic.
Like it or not, you seem drastically misinformed and frankly racist. BiH is a multi-ethnic state with 3 constitutive peoples, Croats, Serbs and Bosniaks. They are all recognised as seperate peoples with a distinct culture, history and customs, not to mention language, beliefs, religions etc. Stating otherwise is equall to impeding the rights and self-detirmination of these peoples and therefore forcing them to be something they're not. Thus it is a racist, hateful and completely undemocratic notion to call them "Bosnian Catholics" for example. They are recognised by the entire world as seperate peoples with rights to language, national simbols etc. The whole world, except in the minds of "bosnian" extremists who cannot face reality. Face reality, we are Croatian, the people of Rep. Srpska re serbs, you can call yourself whatever you like, nobody is trying to impede your right to do so. Don't impede ours!
The reasons I consider myself Croatian is because that is my culture, my history, language and homeland. I do not even know the anthem of BiH (if there is one), I don't speak "bosnian" nor have I ever heard of that languge before 1992 and I don't care for the theft of the Turkish language and calling it my own. Other Croats feel the same, at least those who I've met.
Croatia is my homeland, I was born in Mostar which is in Western Hercegovina which is today a part of the country of BiH. I respect BiH as my country of birth and would obey the laws, respect the flag etc. but I will never call it my "domovina". Croats have a thousand year year history in BiH and our first King Tomislav was crowned in Duvno in 925AD. I will not even go into the other history of Bosnia and Hercegovina, because history can be distorted to fit anyone's pre-conceived ideals. It is sufficent to say that at least my City of Mostar was part of many Croatian states, was once the seat of Croatian kings as was a part of Croatian territories like the Banovina Hrvatska in 1936 for eg.
We have a right to express national pride, self detirmination, practice our religion and speak our languge without people like you DJ trying your darndest to take away our 1000 year history, culture, customs, language and the land in BiH Croats have called home.
We will not turn into "Bosnians" overnight, nor will we conform to to racist plans such as the one you're advocating.
Accept it, live in reality. That is also true of th Serbs in BiH, they're not simply "Orthodox Bosnians" as some would have it...
Give it up...live in the real world.