Independent Croatia: To Expose Yugoslav Communist Enemy Within

Zoran Milanovic (L) Zeljko Glasnovic (R)

Croatia survived 45 years of communist rule under the lie of “brotherhood and unity” in Yugoslavia, emerged victorious in the 1990’s in fighting off the bestial enemies of its independence and democracy, only to keep having salt poured over the wounds it sustained in achieving independence and its continued struggle for a full democracy. In Croatia, former communist domination has been increasing since year 2000, alienating and degrading those who fought against the communist aggressor in early 1990’s. Make no mistake: Croatia’s very future is still at stake, despite the glorious victories of its defence forces. The best example of such alienation and degradation, which to my view verge on treason or bombarding of foundations of a state can be found in the acts of Croatia’s President Zoran Milanovic only a couple of days ago, on Friday 22 January 2021.

On Friday, the President of the Republic Zoran Milanovic, from the city of Zadar, cancelled his participation in the commemoratory program marking the 28th anniversary of the Croatian Military and Police undertaking called “Maslenica ’93”, which retook territory in northern Dalmatia and Lika from rebel Krajina Serb forces, with the military objective of pushing the Serb aggressor back from approaches to city of Zadar, Maslenica and Karlobag, allowing a secure land route between Dalmatia and northern Croatia to be opened. Milanovic abruptly cancelled his presence at Maslenica commemoration after he learned that some participants there, invited as part of official participants, were wearing clothes with the “HOS – For Homeland Read” (HOS – Za dom spremni) symbols, the same clothes worn by the paramilitary Croatian Defence Forces (HOS) who took a great part in defending Croatia from Yugoslav/Serb aggressor and, therefore, are unequivocally included among the pivotal creators of today’s democratic and independent state of Croatia. Of course, as their leader Milanovic, the Chief of the General Staff of the current Croatian Armed Forces, Admiral Robert Hranj, and all military commanders withdrew from the commemoration program after Milanovic announced his withdrawal.

“Since afterwards it was established that people wearing Ustasha insignia and inscriptions were also participating in the official commemoration protocol, the president cancelled his participation in the programme,” the statement from Milanovic’s office said.

This is not the first time that Zoran Milanovic insists on blatant lies about HOS and “For Home Ready” greeting! In fact, he has been consistent and uglily pushy on this! The fact that HOS that participated in defending Croatia from Yugoslav/Serb aggression was not an offshoot or continuance of WWII political environment but rather an arm of the 1990’s Croatian people’s decision to secede from communist Yugoslavia is a fact that Milanovic insists on burying and lying about.

To me, and I gather to many, this can only mean one thing and that is that Croatia’s President despises those who freed Croatia from communist Yugoslavia and fought and contributed to creating the free and independent Croatia.

That is among the reasons why Croatian government and Presidents since 2000 have persistently downplayed the role of Croatian defence forces in Croatia’s secession from communist Yugoslavia; and persistently keep on a course of degrading the value for the country of its liberating forces that fought off its brutal, bloody aggressor. Just imagine if political leaders in Britain or United States of America pursued a path of hunting down and belittling all those who during World War Two, or any war for that matter, guided their resolve to participate in freedom-creation with the motto “For God and Country!” or “For Home and Country!” Would they be impeached or banished from public positions? I think so!

And so, are Croatians supposed to accept as the country’s leader a man (Milanovic) who did not want an independent Croatia, who hid away from war battle zones when Croatian territory and people were being defended from Yugoslav/Serb aggression? I say not!

Retired General of the Croatian Army (HV) and the Croatian Defence Council (HVO) Zeljko Glasnovic has yesterday in relation to the above actions and promotion of lies about HOS forces by President Milanovic published the content below, which I have translated into the English language from Croatian:

Zeljko Glasnovic Facebook page screenshot. Embedded image portrays human (and HOS uniform) remains of Zarko Manjkasa Crvenkapa in a mass grave of Serb aggression victims near Vukovar

 “You run from this?

If you run away from this, you are also running away from the man on whose bones the state of Croatia arose.

And not just on his bones but on thousands of bones.

You are distancing yourself from this?

If you distance yourself from this, then you also distance yourself from the function you perform.

Being President is like being an officer – service, not honour. No one ‘rewarded’ you by electing you President but indebted you. Remember.

You cannot be the President of a state whose foundations you despise.

You cannot be the President of a state despising the people who created that same state.

Despising emblems.

Despising flags.

Despising symbols.

As you bow at the grave to a man who is buried with this symbol on his uniform, at the same time you drive his comrades from the grave for that same symbol.

You can’t have double standards.

If you despise the world in which you live, you also despise its Creator. It is inseparable.

You cannot praise the act of creating a state and despise its founders.

Call them provocateurs, and until yesterday saviours and liberators.

You cannot say that you respect the sacrifice of the defenders, and at the same time spit on the symbols they proudly wore while bleeding for that same homeland.

You can’t be miles away from the battlefield, waiting for an outcome in the safety of your home and 30 years later condemning the flag under which others gave their lives to so that you could live.

You should be grateful.

With your head down.

Your hands clasped.

If not in prayer, then in silence.

In pride.

On your knees, because they deserve that.

It is easy to be a Supreme Commander in peace.

Where were you when the bloody battle was being fought?

It is easy to command the army to retreat as birds sing around you.

Do you know what it’s like to give an order while the air around you smells of death?

Do you know what it’s like when you’re surrounded, when you have no air, when you’re lying wounded?

Do you know what it’s like to be a commander when you lose 20 men in one day?

And you must move on.

Do you know what it’s like when you have to come to the door of the mother of a killed soldier and tell her that her only son is gone?

And you were his superior.

Do you know what it’s like when they mutilate your brother, rape your mother, imprison your grandparents and take everything away from you?

Do you know what it’s like to look into the eyes of a raging horde of animal instincts as they torture and kill your army?

Do you know what it’s like when your wounded tortured soldier dies in your arms?

Do you know how it is when your soldier with triple bullet wounds still stands at frontlines, refusing to leave his post.

Till death.

What to say to a mother whose son has been killed, who calls you and asks you to come sleep in his bed?

What to say to a soldier who asks you for 2 days off after 4 months on the field, and you can’t give them to him because there are no people, there are no shifts, but maybe there would have been shifts had the offices of the golden youth not been full.

Do you know what it’s like when there’s no time to grieve after your comrades are killed, when you have to move on like nothing happened.

And the heart bleeds.

Do you know what it’s like to remember all your life the last words of a murdered medical corps heroine: ‘If I had 10 lives, I would give them all for Croatia.’

Do you know what it’s like when a commander is wounded and his soldiers take turns carrying him, wounded, in a tent flysheet for 2 days, not wanting to leave him?

That’s an honour.

That’s pride.

They are brothers.

That’s loyalty.

That’s fidelity.

These are concepts that you will find difficult to understand.

A commander on paper – in peace – is not the same as a commander on the ground in war.

Some are not worthy of war,

and some are not even worthy of peace.

Have we given so many lives so that you could mock?

Did we shed so much blood so that you could jubilate?

Did we fight so that you could be ashamed of us on anniversaries?

Did we create this country so that the Commander-in-Chief could suppress us?

You are not worthy of our sacrifice.

You are not worthy of being called the President.

You are not worthy of the authority of the Commander-in-Chief.

In other countries, people bow in respect to war veterans, grateful for their life made possible through their sacrifice.

In Croatia, war veterans are being killed due to injustice, disrespect, belittling and mocking the shedding of their blood.

Thanks be to God, we even fought for people like you. The ungrateful, narcissistic and arrogant, who today spit on the foundations of their homeland, trample on the sacrifice of its defenders, mock those who made life possible for them and they call themselves presidents. Until when?”

Ina Vukic

Comments

  1. I hope that the day when all communists in Croatian Government be expelled, or resign, isn’t too far away. For too long their infected reasoning has been accepted by the people as the direction a free country should go, but to turn it back into a hive of communists decries the effort of so many people who gave their lives to become free of the communist state. Communists would be welcome in Serbia but to stay in Croatia hey should tell the people the truth of what they do and why so that people know what they’re voting for.
    Hugs Ina

    • The saddest part, David, is that they get elected into top positions of power by some v17 to 25% of the voting body as most voters are too disillusioned to bother voting. I hope they wake up soon, at next elections. It’s estimated that former communists still have around 25 to 30% followers and it they who need to see the reality, get out of the comfort zone communist corruption has reared them in. Otherwise, economically and democratically wise the Country will need some serious rescuing to avoid going to the dogs. What a tragedy for all the blood lost for freedom and democracy!

  2. How disgusting of the president! All of those that died for Croatia’s freedom must be rolling in their graves now at this betrayal! So disgusted.

  3. I’m honestly starting to think that Croatia is not even independent, because the so called “president” and the people suposed to be running this country don’t know their own people – they seem to be living in utter ignorance. I’ve literally never seen any state show as much disrespect for war veterans as the croatian state. I don’t care about what slogan or greeting the defenders used, but what matters is that they gave their lives to save their home country and their countrymen from getting destroyed. Millions of croats everywhere in the world lived in fear of losing their country to the aggressors who raped, tortured and killed innocent people in numbers not seen in Europe since WW2. Brave people fought for their home country at the cost of their own lives – and if they survived, they are likely to be suffering from lifelong disabilities, PTSD among other things. What Zeljko Glasnovic has written touches me deeply – nothing more true can be said about this ordeal. As someone who has been harassed online and in real life for defending my religion and my values, it saddens me deeply that the croatian state continues to ignore and even despise it’s own people. Following croatian politics is almost like watching an absurd comedy – there is so much blatant hypocrisy it seems unreal. Why aren’t they doing anything about totalitarian symbols being displayed in Rijeka, for example??? Why aren’t they condemning communism and fascism equally? It seems weird to admit, but they should actually condemn communism more, because they claim to be successors of the Socialist Republic of Croatia, not the NDH. They are legally responsible for communist crimes, but no one is persecuted for it… what a surprise 🙄🙄🙄
    I may have posted here before under another name, and you should know that while I’m not croatian, Croatia means a lot to me. I know several people from there. They should be allowed to be patriotic without constantly being associated with the crimes of their ancestors and the ustasha… Have a nice day…

    • Thank you Salli, you have pointed relevant issues well. At times I think that the former Yugoslavia communists and their entourage in Croatia go about running down the glorious victory in defending Croatia in 1990’s from Yugoslav Army and Serbs is a matter of their absolute rejection of the fact that they did NOT liberate Croatia in 1945, as they claim (they fought against Croats to retain Croatia within Yugoslavia concoction not to free Croatia) and so they continue still on that path of Croatian independence destruction. The fact why Croatia (and Slovenia) are the only former communist countries who have not yet installed lustration in powerful positions is mainly due to the fact that they hold power because majority voters have become disillusioned over the years for that and so the commies get in with pathetic level of voter turnout. We need to pursue decommunisation of Croatia with a stronger pull I believe. Cheers and thank you for your feedback.

  4. bobomostarac says:

    “FOR HOME READY”! (“ZA DOM SPREMNI”!) from “HOMELAND DEFENCIVE WAR” (“DOMOVINSKI OBRAMBENI RAT”) is “litmus test” for politics and politicians in Croatia!

  5. thank you so much🎶 I am really grateful for you🐬

  6. Good!

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