There’s not much as repugnant and as unacceptable in today’s democracies and freedoms than when an official or employee of a non-government organisation or a government official takes the liberty of seeking that an another country’s government dismisses one of its government ministers, elected into the parliament of his/her country by the people.
Well, I thought I had heard it all that was inappropriate, distasteful and simply wrong that could come out of the mouth of that politically odious, meddling Israel Based person called Efraim Zuroff. But obviously I thought wrong. Having probably by now, justly and rightfully, caught all the WWII war criminals considered and/or proven to have committed crimes against the Jewish people, Holocaust, Zuroff perhaps has a lot of time on his hands and enters into meddling in other countries’ governments in his efforts to stall and obstruct justice against communist crimes and criminals. The Israel-based Simon Wiesenthal Center urged Croatia’s government on Friday 5 February 2016 to dismiss its culture minister, saying he took a disdainful attitude towards Croatian resistance to fascism during World War Two, reports The Jerusalem Post.
What the Croatian minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic is doing in this “field” is working towards justice for the hundreds of thousands of innocent Croats murdered or buried alive by the communist partisans during and after WWII! Of course his actions are noted and attract particular attention at this time because the issues of communist mass murders of innocent people were put back and neglected by the former Social Democrat, pro-communist government of Croatia and all those years Efraim Zuroff kept as quiet as a mouse – innocent victims of communist crimes are not worth the respect, it seems. Repulsive.
The Jewish human rights group expressed “shock and indignation at several actions taken and comments made” by minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic.
“We urge the Croatian government to replace Hasanbegovic with a person suitable for the post of minister of culture who will bring honour and prestige to the post, rather than embarrass his country before the entire world,” the director of Wiesenthal Center, Efraim Zuroff, said in a statement on its website, writes the Jerusalem Post.
In a statement issued on Friday, Zuroff expressed the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s outrage over Hasanbegovic’s publication of the “notorious book about Holocaust commemoration by the universally-discredited American author Norman Finkelstein and his baseless and totally inaccurate comments regarding the history of Croatia during World War II and the Holocaust,” the Center reported.
Zuroff goes even deeper in his attempts to salvage WWII and post-WWII communists many of whom were nothing more than cold-blooded murderers just like many fascists were. “Even worse in the Croatian context, is the minister’s blind refusal to recognize the genocidal nature of the Ustasha regime, and his disdain for the brave Croatian anti-fascists who fought against it. This absolutely baseless revision of the history of World War II and the Holocaust is totally outrageous and absolutely unacceptable,” he added.
For your benefit Mr Zuroff, and for the benefit of those that appear as warped when it comes to the WWII and post-WWII complete truth – many of the “brave Croatian anti-fascists” of WWII were nothing more than communist thugs and mass murderers and the sooner you settle that truth into your head the better the world will be; or more peaceful, anyway. Minister Hasanbegovic does not nor has he denied the truth of the Holocaust but surely he has the right – as we all do – to help assert the truth and has a right of opinion and thought. Seems Zuroff might think only a select crowd has those rights (?).
Revision of written WWII and Post-WWII history is essential for justice and truth – surely the future generations of a free world cannot thrive on lies and political deceptions we’ve had to choke on for decades!
Of course, Efraim Zuroff is not the only one calling for Hasanbegovic’s dismissal as minister of culture. Zuroff appears to be the only one in the world that is not a voter in Croatia nor is he a citizen of it. Pro-communist groups in Croatia or simply some artists or online journalists, whose “secure” tenure had been guaranteed through government subsidies is in jeopardy due to Hasanbegovic’s measures to cut out state funding for some not-for-profit online media outlets, are also out in some streets and town squares, expressing their displeasure at Hasanbegovic’s courage to cut out the taxpayer funding for apparently superfluous entities and telling them to find alternative ways of doing business or finding money to operate rather than depending on taxpayers and his courage to fight for the rights of hundreds of thousands of innocent victims of communist crimes. As to cutting state funding for some nonprofitable entities I say good for you minister – people need to learn to stand on their own two feet, compete for survival in the business and other bread-winning world just like people in world democracies have been for centuries. Shrug off every single useless, dependency-feeding link to former Yugoslavia systems. Hasanbegovic and the new Croatian government rightly insist that WWII communist partisans were NOT anti-fascists as they supported the communist regime, which committed atrocities and mass murders against innocent people.
These are tense times in Croatia, politically speaking, as pro-Communists or pro-antifascists as they call themselves, gather momentum and attack minister Hasanbegovic and Croatia’s new government with foul lies, branding them all as Fascists, and act with utterly ugly disrespect for innocent victims who perished in multitudes under the communist brutal hand. These tense times were expected for communists at heart and communist sympathisers are not about to give up easily, without a fight, the glory and kudos, albeit on false pretenses and false history writings, they enjoyed for seven decades. They may enjoy Zuroff’s loyalty and perhaps the loyalty of other influential Jewish organisations throughout the world in whose political interest it might be to thwart justice for WWII and post-WWII communist crimes, but it is high time that communist crimes were treated separately to the Holocaust crimes – both politically and judicially. If innocent victims of Nazism and Fascism received their justice as victims of Holocaust crimes so too must the innocent victims of communist crimes. No ifs or buts about it. I join multitudes across the world and wish minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic and the new government of Croatia all the strength to endure the attacks by these largely false “emissaries of justice” who point a finger at the minister and the government as they recognise the strength needed to finally defeat their/communist foul attempts to deny justice to victims of communist crimes. Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zhb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)