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English14/05/2020

“FATHER” OF /ETHNICALLY CLEANSED/ STATE

 

Tuđman did not hesitate to admit publicly that he wanted war in the 1990s as this was the only way for Croatia to become independent. “If Croatia didn’t want war, there wouldn’t have been war,” said Tuđman /and the rest was recorded on audio and video tapes/ during his speech at the Bana Jelačića Square in May, 1992.

 

By Nenad TADIĆ

BIJELJINA, MAY 14 /SRNA/ - Franjo Tuđman /1922-1999/, whose birthday, May 14, is celebrated by Croatia, resolved the “Serbian question” in Croatia in keeping with the recipe of Ante Starčević and Ustashe – he expelled the one third of Serbs that remained after the genocide committed against them in the Independent State of Croatia /NDH/.

Tuđman became the first man of the HDZ in Croatia’s secession from Yugoslavia who enjoyed great sympathies from the German intelligence service, BND.

He got funds for Croatia’s secession from the Ustashe part of the Croatian Diaspora. One of the HDZ leaders and the then minister of defense of Croatia, Gojko Šušak, came from these circles.

At Tuđman’s time, Croatia opened borders for Ustashe and their families, trampled the Yugoslav Constitution underfoot and started the illegal secession.

Tuđman is known by his book “Bespuća povijesne zbiljnosti” which speaks about events in the Second World War and the Ustashe NDH in a revisionist way.

He is the author of a claim that only a few dozens of thousands of Serbs, Jews and Roma were killed in the Jasenovac concentration camp.

At an election rally in the 1990s, Tuđman proudly said in front of several thousands of people that he was proud that his wife “is neither a Serb nor a Jew.”

Such statements by political leaders in Europe have been unimaginable since the end of the Second World War.

His words that “such a blow should be delivered to Serbs so that they practically disappear” uttered at a meeting with generals in Brioni on the eve of the Croatian military and police operation Storm were recorded on audio and video tapes.

He created a pact with Muslims from BiH against Serbs, in imitation of Ante Pavelić and his Ustashe movement.

The Muslim 5th Corps fought for Tuđman’s interests against Serbs in Krajina, and in turn, he transported weapons for Izetbegović’s units that were called “the Army of BiH.”

Tuđman’s ambition to crate the Herzeg-Bosnia was contrary to Izetbegović’s Islamic doctrine on a Sharia BiH which he presented in his Islamic Declaration, so that he fought against Muslim forces for some time also.

He did not hesitate to admit publicly that he wanted war in the 1990s as this was the only way for Croatia to become independent.

“If Croatia didn’t want war, there wouldn’t have been war,” said Tuđman /and the rest was recorded on audio and video tapes/ during his speech at the Bana Jelačića Square in May, 1992.


Despite the fact that he willfully caused a war chaos, deaths and destruction, ethnic cleansing of hundreds of thousands of Serbs in the Storm and Flash operations, and despite wars against Serbs and Muslims in BiH, a part of Croatian media outlets consider him accountable only for allowing mafia-style privatization in the country.

For a major part of the Croatian society, Tuđman is the “father of the nation” and the most popular historical figure.

In several verdicts, the ICTY mentioned Tuđman in a part pertaining to a joint criminal enterprise, primarily in the context of crimes committed by Croatian forces against Muslims in BiH.

Tuđman and his associates have never been brought to justice for numerous recorded crimes against Serbs.

The scandalous case of exoneration of Ante Gotovina, who commanded the Storm operation in which people were killed, bombed and expelled, put an end to any impartiality of the ICTY.

Gotovina, who in the first verdict was sentenced to 27 years in prison and in which his chief Tuđman was criticized for taking part in a joint criminal enterprise, was acquitted on appeal of any accountability thanks to political games, first of all, of the then US administration.

According to that principle, the Croatian society acquitted the “father of the nation” of any accountability for causing the war and destruction in Croatia and the region, for the expulsion of 200,000 Serb residents, and for the entry of Ustashization to back doors, which even today is shaking the Croatian society.


The biography of Franjo Tuđman, a partisan in early youth, later a distinguished communist and nationalist dissident, and finally the leader with radical goals who flirted with the legacy of the Ustashe NDH, can be read as the biography of the Croatian politics in the 20th century during the existence of Yugoslavia.

There was a principle: Yugoslavia as long as it must be and an independent Croatia as soon as it can be created by all means.

The previous leader Pavelić would be satisfied with /and jealous of/ results of Tuđman’s rule, for which he is also “deserving” to a great extent. /end/sg