Many Serbs recall their kinship during World War II with Britain and the United States, and they are bitter at a world view that casts their people as the aggressor in the Bosnian war.
Some are also upset that the new Serb Republic covers only 49% of Bosnian territory under the Dayton peace agreement; as recently as late summer, the Serbs controlled more than two-thirds of the country.
But they are also very tired of the war.
"I believe NATO will help a lot," said a 64-year-old woman who gave her name as Ljubinka. "The war will finally stop."
Since the war began, she said, Banja Luka has been a dangerous place, with many people carrying guns. Her grandson, she said, was shot on the street and wounded by one of his own countrymen.