BBC and DW – Go Jump In The Lake! Beauty Of Croatian Lands – Celebrated!

 

Manuel Neuer (Centre)
Photo: Screenshot

“How beautiful you are”, by Marko Perkovic Thompson, is not even the national anthem of Croatia and yet it has been molested to “Kingdom come” as nationalistic, fascist, ultra-right – God knows what not, down in the doldrums of leftist miserable existence. As one unsavourily expects The Deutsche Welle (DW) and BBC (and other such politically twisted media outlets) have during the past week got their hands on a private video showing Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer on a holiday in a Croatian coastal town, having fun with a number of people singing the popular Croatian song “How beautiful you are” (“Lijepa li si”). While the lyrics of the song celebrate the natural beaty of different parts of Croatia and parts of Herzegovina where multitudes of Croats have lived for hundreds of years (and were joined into the same Kingdom or country on and off over the centuries past) these media outlets had decided to label the song as “controversial”, dubbing it as nationalistic with fascist connotations!

BBC article says that “the lyrics refer to Herceg-Bosna, an area of neighbouring state Bosnia-Herzegovina claimed by Bosnian Croats in the 1990s, who were supported by the government in Zagreb during the Balkan wars. Croatian nationalist folk singer Marko Perkovic penned the song in 1998. His performances have been banned in several European countries. Critics have linked Mr Perkovic – known as Thompson after the type of machine gun he carried during Croatia’s independence war in the 1990s – to the nationalism of Croatia’s pro-Nazi Ustasha regime in World War Two. The Ustasha was a Nazi puppet regime which killed more than 100,000 people in concentration camps, most of them Serbs, Jews and Roma. Mr Perkovic denies sympathising with the Ustasha.”

It is quite telling of BBC’s and DW’s political unsavouriness and systematic wrongful imputations regarding Croatian patriotism to write about a song that came into being in 1998, celebrating the beauty of Croatian lands after the bloody war of aggression was won (Croatia’s Homeland War officially ended in 1998 with the reintegration of Serb-occupied and ethically cleansed territory) when they immediately jump into WWII and Croatia’s siding with Germany in the war. It is the idiotic and sinister side of leftist (communist, neo-communist) politics to keep pushing the preposterous idea that Croatians of 1990/1991 did not really want independence from communist Yugoslavia even though they voted for it at the 94% voter level!

Since in its article it mentions Herceg-Bosna, it is quite telling of BBC’s rotten politics to fail to mention in the same article British very own Lord Carrington and Lord Owen who were very forceful and downright usurpers of Croatian people’s rights to self-preservation when it comes to Croats of Herceg-Bosna. Why put all the “guilt” on Croats? Why talk only of Croat supposedly wrongful nationalism in that war where Croats had to defend their own lives from Serb and then Muslim aggression? Didn’t both Lord David Owen and Lord Peter Carrington make their mark in attempting to divide Bosnia and Herzegovina according to ethnic or nationality lines, carve the borders of future countries within former Yugoslavia, including Croatia, during the disintegration of Yugoslavia in 1990’s. Of course they did! Lord Carrington attempted to pass a plan that would end the wars and result in each republic becoming an independent nation. Lord Owen continued under Lord Carrington’s pursuits to recognise the importance of ethnic (nationalistic) divides in that cruel and barbaric war of aggression in order to achieve peace and self-determination/preservation.

And when it comes to Herceg-Bosna who else but Croatians from neighbouring countries would come to the aid of Croatians in Bosnia and Herzegovina – no one! One must ask, why then is allegiance to nationality as an important factor of peace that Lord Carrington and Lord Owen not criticised by BBC or DW or anyone else of similar calibre one may come across more important and humanly proper than that of Croatians! The inevitable answer to this lies in anti-Croatian propaganda and political lynching devoid of any common sense, facts or fair-minded reason.

Marko Perkovic Thompson (third from L)
July 2018 = celebrating Croatian victories at FIFA World Cup
Photo: picture-alliance

Marko Perkovic Thompson’s 1998 song “Lijepa li si” in translation goes like this:

How Beautiful You Are

When I remember, tears well up

The scent of memories

Every step of my homeland

And folk customs

I recognise your beauty

Which awakens my love

When I’m with you my heart

Beats stronger, it is big!

Oh, Zagora, you’re so beautiful

Slavonia, you are golden

Herceg-Bosna, a proud heart

Dalmatia, my sea

One soul but two of us

Greetings Lika, pride of Velebit

How beautiful you are

When Neretva heads for the sea

Then remember me

Be the theme of my song

For all of those who are gone

Come on Istria and Zagorje

Let’s raise up all three colours

Let’s embrace in front everyone

Let them see that we are many

Oh, Zagora, you’re so beautiful

Slavonia, you are golden

Herceg Bosna, a proud heart

Dalmatia, my sea

One soul but two of us

Greetings Lika, pride of Velebit

BBC and DW in their articles regarding Neuer’s singing say that “It is not known if Neuer understood the words of the song”! My goodness! What’s there to understand apart from celebration of beauty of the land a nation of people (Croatians) have called home for centuries! Even though “How beautiful you are” is not Croatia’s national anthem for the sake of comparison of connotations a popular song brings I wonder what BBC would say had Neuer while holidaying in Croatia sung “God save the Queen” with its lyrics “O Lord, our God, arise, Scatter her enemies, And make them fall, Confound their politics, Frustrate their knavish tricks…”!? Or what DW would say had Neuer while holidaying in Croatia sung Deutschlandlied (Song of Germany) with its lyrics “Unity and justice and freedom for the German fatherland!For these let us all strive, brotherly with heart and action! Unity and justice and freedom are the pledge of fortune; flourish in this fortune’s blessing, Flourish, German fatherland”!?

What nationalistic garbage would he be accused of then? Most likely none because these twisted media outlets may give only nations of their political choice the right and privilege to celebrate patriotism and national identity using the sheer beauty of their lands but deny it to others. However, BBC, due to its own evident lack of it, would most likely steer away from hailing patriotism as a positive trait of human existence while DW would most likely silently crawl into a dark corner fearing association with “Germany above all” may wreck their chances of being taken seriously. BBC and DW, and those like them can go and jump in the lake as far as I’m concerned. Ina Vukic

 

 

 

Happy Birthday Herceg Bosna

Today, in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Serbs have their own entity, Serbian Republic (Republika srpska) and Bosniaks/Muslims dominate the Federation entity where Bosniaks and Croats were intended to hold equal rights, political and existential power. That was the intention and the spirit of the 1995 Dayton Accords, which were designed to keep BiH in one piece, at peace, led and lived by three Constitutional people: Bosniaks, Croats and Serbs.

In the early 1990s when Serb and Yugoslav People’s Army pursued a terrible and bloody war of aggression in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina aggression in order to stop the imminent break-up of former communist Yugoslavia, in order to stop death of communism and birth of democracy, Bosnia and Herzegovina saw an increasing crush of Croat’s rights and identity. Bosnian Serbs and Bosnian Muslims (a.k.a. Bosniaks) ruled the day and wielded power (for their own interests) on the international scene, leaving Croats stranded in the waters of political and existential insignificance. In November 1991, as Croatia’s Vukovar fell under the bloody Serb onslaught, the Croats of BiH, rightfully fearing their self-preservation formed the Croatian Community of Herzeg Bosnia (Herceg Bosna), within the borders of BiH. The war of aggression raged and ravaged and on 28 August 1993, with Croatia’s support, the Republic of Herzeg Bosnia was proclaimed as an entity within BiH, that would see Croat majority fight for and defend their existence as rightful people of BiH.

Tuesday 28 August 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the proclamation of Herceg Bosna; an administratively, legally based unit of BiH that would serve as a platform for Croats to defend themselves from the Serbian and Yugoslav Army onslaught and aggression, and later from the Bosniak, Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina, onslaught, which brought to its aid the murderous Mujahedeen from the Middle East.

With the 1995 Dayton Accords and the consequent final abolishment of the Republic of Herceg Bosna in 1996 meant that Croats of BiH were once again left without a strong voice and the threat of their rights’ deterioration. Bosnia and Herzegovina was thus divided into two entities: Serbian Republic and the BiH Federation made up of Bosniaks and Croats.

The creation of Herzeg Bosnia’s own defence forces – Croatian Defence Council (HVO) meant that while the Republic of Herceg Bosna existed it was the only region of BiH where Croats of BiH were not systematically murdered, massacred, ethnically cleansed, persecuted – in which their homes were protected and in which they did not fear for their own lives. Herceg Bosna was the region in BiH where Bosniak’s and Serbs’ homes were not taken away, where Bosniak and Serb civilians were not systematically persecuted not ethnically cleansed.

Renowned historian Ivo Lucic, states:

Although these statements (paragraph above) may appear controversial (even unacceptable) in the Serbian and especially in the Bosniak media and public, there is much evidence supporting the truth of them. And that evidence is best seen today. It’s enough to just pass through the Croatian villages that were under the Serbian Army (Serbs) and under the Army of BiH (Bosniaks) control and one can clearly see what occurred during the war. Only in Bugojno (under Bosniak control) there were at least ten Croatian villages completely destroyed and devastated, ceased to exist – not a single person lives in them today. In some of them not a single home has been restored.

On the other hand, in Livno, Ljubuski, Tomislavgrad, Ukoplje, Prozor … (Croat control) not a single Bosniak village ceased to exist.

During the war, for example, Croatian civilians, fearing for their own lives, walked across Kupres to Herceg Bosna. Those that remained in Bugojno and fell into Bosniak hands know best the fate to which they succumbed.

Naturally, Herceg Bosna was also not some arcade along which milk and honey flowed, but the fact is that during 1990’s that was the most prosperous space within BiH, and to some extent it remains that to this day…

Herceg Bosna had its own sins – some war crimes did occur, prisoners of war camps did exist. Civilians did suffer. Many were banished but that was not done systematically. I.e., Bosniak civilians were banished from West Mostar, but not from Livno, Tomislavgrad, Ljubuski… In addition, people returned to Herceg Bosna unimpeded, which cannot be said either for Serbian Republic or the territory under Bosniak control then known as the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina entity.

Furthermore, the return to those territories has been systematically sabotaged. Those are the facts that are being covered up. Also, the majority of war crimes committed on the territory of Herceg Bosna have been processed, those who committed them and those who ordered them have been punished; the same cannot be said for the other sides’ war crimes. Especially when it comes to war crimes committed in the areas controlled by Bosniaks’ Army. Even to this day those war crimes are described as ‘incidents’, and attempts are still afoot to try and show that Croats forcefully deported themselves and similar third-class absurdities.

It’s evident today that shutting down of Herceg Bosna was a key mistake made by the Croatian political leadership because, since then, Croats have no political or other equality in BiH…Croats of BiH could soon become second-class citizens of BiH even if their ancestors had lived there for centuries.

While in reality both the Serbian Republic and the Federation of BiH are prisons – Croats have lost their rights in Serbian Republic a long time ago (if they ever had any at all) and in the Federation they are on the verge of losing their rights as Constitutional people – the idea of Herceg Bosna gains more focus on the collective conscience of the Croatian people and as the ideal concept of freedom that is today being lost…

A catastrophic step in Croats’ of BiH demise is indeed wrapped up in the prospect where Croats become second-class citizens in their own homeland of BiH and if they lose the right to decide for themselves, to elect their own representatives in the governing of BiH on all levels. The imminent general elections that are to occur in BiH in October, with Bosniaks pushing again to elect Croat representatives for Croats, if declared valid, even though the Electoral law had not been changed as directed by the Constitutional court, will indeed set an even stronger stage upon which the idea and absolute justification for a revived Hreceg Bosna is likely to gain more support.

Happy 25th birthday – Herceg Bosna! Ina Vukic

Let The Croatian Bells Wake Us All Up!

Dario Kordic
Photo: Hrvatska zvona facebook

The Croatian Bells (Hrvatska zvona) association was founded and registered in June 2017 in Siroki Brijeg, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and its main focus and principles are in the promotion of the Homeland War, the cultural and historical idetity of the Croatian people. It was founded with the mission of promoting the values of the Homeland War, the promotion of general well-being and the well-being of all human beings, the promotion and nurturing of Christian points of view, moral principles and democratic values, advocating for family and other social values, advocating for demographic renewal and the return of Croats from abroad, the promotion of peace and coexistence with other peoples in Bosnia and Herzegovina and across the world, connecting Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia in economic, cultural, scientific and every other sense, the retention and the nurturing of the Croatian cultural heritage (verbal and written), the nurturnig and preserving of native identity of the Croatian people, advocating for the rights of the Croatian veterans in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, advocating for the rights of the families of those veterans who were killed, imprisoned or are missing.

On its Facebook page Hrvaska zvona association says about itself that “Croatian Bells is a peoples’, veterans’ and youth association that wishes to bring new people, new knowledge and new values into the society of Bosnia and Herzegovina”

An article published by Croatian Bells association 3rd April 2018 was brought to my attention and given that it contains a Holy Easter message by Dario Kordic, former vice president and a member of the Presidency of the Croatian Community of Herceg-Bosna, and later Croatian Republic of Herceg-Bosna (early 1990’s) I have translated the article into English for the benefit of the non-Croatian speaking world for whom the truth about the struggles and sufferings of the Croatian people in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1990’s war and after – is of paramount and significant importance.

“And Dario Kordic is with the Croatian Bells!

Dario Kordic is already a symbol of the ups and downs of the Croatian people. At the beginning of the nineteen nineties he led the Croatian people of Central Bosnia into the dawn of freedom, and then into the defence for their survival in the onslaught of Serb, and then Muslim aggression. Instead of enjoying the fruits of freedom defended with blood, precisely because of the defense of the freedom of his people – martyrdom and a process of a guilty verdict followed precisely because he refused to be a slave. His life witnessed the downfall of international justice and fairness, the shakiness of Croatian statehood, and the martyrdom of contemporary Croats in the Hague Tribunal and the persistent persecution by certain elites in Croatia and so-called Croatian representatives in all public institutions, especially in the media. Coming out of incarceration (2014) he devoted his life to the reaffirmation and witnessing of the fundamental Croatian national pillar, Christian spirituality and virtuous identity and symbolism.

He is an ordinary Croatian man.

A husband and father who has been denied the right to witness the growing up of his children as has been denied to thousands of others, whom he calls upon today to follow the message of Risen Christ and not to abandon oneself to fear. For, Dario Kordic was never afraid of evil or knelt before fear.

Here is his message to the Croatian people:

In the blessed atmosphere of the Resurrection of the Lord, a group of warriors from Herceg-Bosna, feeling all the pains of tears, suffering and tests endured by the severely wounded Croatian national being in Bosnia and Herzegovina, firmly decided to engage in an unstoppable process of major changes at the dawn of coming elections of Croatian legitimate representatives in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The honorable names of Zlatan Mijo Jelic, Zeljko Glasnovic, Marko Tokic, Marko Rados, Zdenko Juric Major, Ranko Rados, myself and many others will act like icebreakers that will clear the path for hundreds of young intellectuals, workers, students, children of the defenders of the HVO (Croatian Defence Council) to stop the Croatian people from being pushed into the abyss.

The most fatal of sins are corruption, nepotism and the employment of only the suitable in public companies with the Croatian Hercegbosnian sign. Sins are those who tremble to heaven. They are the most important reason for the exodus of thousands of Croatian young men and girls, as well as a multitude of Croatian families from the Herceg-Bosna soil. Such are also the grave failings of the promises for the betterment of the disgraceful status of the Croatian defenders and the invalids of the Homeland War disfigured by the massacre perpetrated by the previous authorities which were not of the people. Particularly painful are the decades long persecutions of Croatian war veterans accused of war crimes. They are literally being hunted like beasts. The use of double, i.e., harder criteria for the HVO members as opposed to criteria used for members of the BiH army, because the former are judged by the political qualifications of so-called ‘criminal enterprise and command responsibility’, is unacceptable.

We should rapturously pray to the Savior that the Croatian people in Bosnia and Herzegovina will build their future on the younger generation of Croatian politicians who will serve their people who have suffered and be guided by determination, honesty and knowledge. Hundreds of Croatian young women and young men gathered around the newly established ‘Croatian Bells’ association shall carry the new spark with pride and courage. We shall build together all the honourable Croatian patriotic forces of various party roles throughout Herceg Bosna. It will then be much easier to find a fair political solution for the constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina as a state of three constituent and sovereign peoples. For this – faith is necessary before anything else! FAITH! Along with it, the long suppressed and almost extinguished elation that adorned us in the nineties will also come.

Most of us Croatian warriors thought that we would never again be included in some new projects of Croatian strategic importance. But persistent calls and requests from numerous Croat youths from BiH and the diaspora have thrust us to the defence-from-lightning post so that fear would no longer live among Croats in BiH. And there is too much fear from the current Croatian leaders who give out crumbs from the table to the people, threatening to deny them even that if they don’t follow them faithfully. Oh my God, my beloved God, how the dignity of the Croatians in Herceg-Bosna has been trampled upon, battered, and humiliated. This Easter Hour announces that among the Croats in BiH evil will no longer be promoted as a value, as good. Truly, the time of grace is coming where love and hope will flow enormously like rivers flowing through the Croatian Herzegbosnian valleys.

When we are Christ’s we need to fear nothing. May our hearts burn with Christian patriotic zeal. It is precisely the youth that is the spark which will in a spiritual battle fire up Christ’s inextinguishable flame. What a tremendous help are the saints to us, the blessed and the servants of God from the Croatian people in BiH – Katarina Kosaca Kotromanic, Ivan Merz, Martyrs of Drina, Josip Stadler, Petar Barbaric and the Franciscan marys of Siroki Brijeg. Welcome you honourable, courageous and self-sacrificing young men and women who have Christ in your heart and the betterment of the beloved Croat people in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Let the Croatian Bells wake us all up. It is time! Let’s not be afraid! Only the truth will set us free!”

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