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

President Of Croatia Supports Biden’s Communist Revolution (?) In Disguise

Zoran Milanovic President of Croatia

While the world’s eyes kept themselves fixed upon the rocky American Presidential elections and its results at the same time the world had, from where I stood, experienced some of the most vicious and unprecedented attacks and insults on many who publicly expressed support for Donald Trump.  Would one be wrong in saying that, on balance of evidence, mostly pro-communists dressed up as liberals are capable of such hatred and disrespect of democracy in its inherent right given to all people to choose the politicians they admire without the fear of retribution or attacks. The Croatian President Zoran Milanovic went as far as saying that he cannot comprehend why any Croatian could support Donald Trump with Joe Biden being the alternative. He said in an interview on 9 November 2020: “That a Croat with Biden (around) can be for Trump. I can’t figure that out. And especially not from those who are declared believers and people of piety…”

Well, first of all, of course Milanovic cannot figure out why Croats would go for a patriot because he is not one except by name, nor has he ever been. When Croatia went on its way to secede from communist Yugoslavia in 1990 Milanovic was a die-hard communist who belonged to the League of Communists of Croatia who did not want an independent Croatia, a democratic Croatia – any Croatia away from communist Yugoslavia. He did not fight to defend Croatia and its Croatian people when the Yugoslav army and Serbs waged a bloody aggression against Croatia to try and stop it from becoming independent. Of course he cannot “figure out” why majority of Croatian patriots support Trump rather than Biden. His mindset is still in communist Yugoslavia.

Of course Milanovic cannot “figure out” why declared believers and people of piety would support Trump because he has never been a believer; he was a member of the Communist party that forbade its members to attend church or declare themselves as believers, or indeed, to believe. As to people of piety, Milanovic would not know what piety is if it hit him in the head. From time to time he will express some dose of emotion that reminds of piety or regret towards victims of communist or Serb bloody rampage against Croatians in the 1990’s but that fools nobody – his actions and the consistency of them only point to a lack of piety and respect for Croatian victims of Serb aggression.

Milanovic goes on with a dribble saying that Biden did a great deal for Croatia during the Croatian Homeland War but apart from hot air releases in the US Senate and a couple of finger pointing sessions against Serbs and Slobodan Milosevic as aggressors against Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina Biden did nothing, absolutely nothing to actually stop the genocidal madness of Serbia against Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1999 Biden voted for a resolution that paved the way for a non-binding resolution to authorise military air operations (under NATO) against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro)! But he did not move a finger in similar direction between 1991 and 1998 which were the war years and years of Serbia’s occupation of parts of Croatia during which tens of thousands of Croats were slaughtered, tortured, raped, ethnically cleansed by the hand of Serbia. So please, president Milanovic, don’t talk to me about Biden’s help to Croatia. It simply did not exist. But bombing of Serbia helped Serbia to continue whinging to the world what a victim it is while slaughtering its neighbours! 

Of course Milanovic supports Biden! After all, with Biden’s presidency the communist regimes will get a new lease of life of recognition or status. A new kind of communist revolution is unfolding before our very eyes and once Biden is sworn in as President of US just follow closely if you have the guts.

Although Biden’s background doesn’t clearly point out that he is a socialist (or communist dressed up as socialist) himself, a widespread concern of many is that his election means the ascendancy of Bernie Sanders or his close pals, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other self-proclaimed democratic socialists within the Democratic Party, various Obama socialist stalwarts as well as the potential for the Democratic Party to embrace and push for socialist policies in the United States that we have seen fail elsewhere and, hence, take a lead in a wider communist revolution dressed up as socialist democracy or similar.

In his election campaign Biden never unequivocally and openly rejected either socialism, the members of his party promoting it or even members of his partly that openly sympathised with brutal socialist or communist dictators. It is known that Biden was at one point considering California’s Karen Bass, for the vice-presidential spot, despite her abundant history as an open Fidel Castro sympathiser; his eventually picked Kamala Harris who has a very liberal or leftist voting record in the US Senate! Then, Biden chooses Anthony Blinken as his Secretary of State! Wow, the transparency to a communist revolution gets “better”. Blinken a graduate of Marxist nest in the US – Harvard University – who supported the invasion of Iraq, the invasion of Afghanistan, the war against Syria, the intervention in Lybia with the consequent torture and death of US diplomat Christopher Stevens, and the elimination of Kurds. All this in the pursuit of human rights, democracy and peace. I can’t wait to see what Biden’s administration has up its sleeves to achieve not Trump’s “America First” but its “America Together”. One wonders how they plan to overcome the hurdle that some 74 million voters for Trump may present to them. They perhaps may not care and that should be seen as a huge corridor of hope for America First, eventually.    

Defeating Trump required Biden to build a broad coalition among the left — including, apparently and explicitly, socialists and communists. Indications so far point to a very likely scenario that Biden will promote the socialist ideological Democratic party and Obama stalwart compatriots to senior positions into his administration and show that the time of the anti-socialist consensus has come to an end in America.

China’s President Xi Jinping wasted little time to congratulate Biden on his win even though the US Electoral College had not delivered its votes that confirm a president and in doing so he made a point of saying how under Biden relations between the US and China are set to be a “win-win cooperation”! Many younger people in the US and elsewhere in Western democracies praised this expression of approval of Biden by China, but, they were not educated to know what evil communist regimes have brought to the world slaughtering more than tenfold (China alone fivefold) of innocent people than what Hitler’s Germany did in WWII! Will Biden’s presidency also mean a continuance of blindness for justice of victims of communist crimes!?

To aid this unfolding communist revolution dressed up as liberal democracy or socialist democracy, the EU Commission and the EU Parliament, including Germany’s Angela Merkel, are falling over themselves in the race to express their utter joy for Biden’s reign. Given Brexit and Trump’s leanings towards Britain rather than EU, their gushing towards Biden is somewhat logical but only for the vengeful and the EU institutions are full of leftist vengeful deplorables. UN’s communist, sorry socialist dressed up as socialist democrat, António Guterres, with his comrade dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of WHO are likewise rubbing their hands in joy at Biden’s taking over the White House while tripping over their own feet from sheer thrill of globalists’ success.

Under Biden’s administration the sweat shops in China that stole US and other Western countries’ manufacturing for profits of the Western rich individuals are set to continue. Of course Trump’s tariffs on products made in China or the banning of Huawei or Tik Tok were not popular with China and US left wing; not popular with everyone who does not want their own country to get back on its feet and revitalise its lost manufacturing to China’s sweatshops.  

With Biden’s and Obama’s stalwarts and cronies slowly filling in the White House in Washington we know that big business and some countries outside the USA will achieve even bigger harvests than ever before. But not to benefit ordinary people, voters or small countries. They will soon feel the brunt of Biden’s lead and become even bigger slaves and beggars for bread than ever before. China seems intent on absorbing the world and the greedy Western businesses over the past three or four decades who moved production to China for bigger personal profits are to blame for that.

Poland and Hungary are about the only EU countries that have come out strongly in support of Trump. That of course is in keeping in line with their anti-communist and pro-democracy, pro patriotic official stands.  

Official Croatia stood behind Biden and that is a sure marker for things to get even worse in Croatia – communist/socialist ideology will become an even bigger master of people struggling to survive than it was during times of former Yugoslavia. Unless, of course, the people refuse to give this communist mindset any oxygen like Poland and Hungary have. Ina Vukic

Croatia: The Hypocrisy Of Mockery

In the rather prolonged wake of a rancorous presidential election in Croatia, late 2019, a few months of mute, largely ambivalent, anticipation as to what kind of president Zoran Milanovic will be have given rise to an ugly, tumultuous political swamp where the national interests are drowned in fear for the future as personal and political insults between the President and the Prime Minister (Andrej Plenkovic) fly like nothing I’ve seen before. It appears the two are in some kind of mud-slinging, mocking and insult competition that is difficult and sad to watch but one would not be wrong in saying: they fool no one!

Both have not cut their umbilical cords from communist Yugoslavia and its mindset no matter how hard they might try to assassinate each other’s character and authority.

The deterioration of Croatian top-end politics and lack of positive political discourse is dangerous to the health of the Croatian nation, of the independent and democratic Republic. No good arises when people in top positions of the same country identify more with a political self than as a citizen, or a leader in a country they are a part of. 

I take issue with the politics of divisiveness which, by definition and function, fractures the Croatian society through disinformation, deception, hypocrisy, mockery, insult slinging and outright lies and at all times paying mere lip-service to the foundations of the 1990’s Homeland War that ushered in independence and democracy while still embracing in deed and mentality the oppressive symbols and mindset of the criminal communist Yugoslavia regime.

Croatia was a country that should have cut its umbilical cord from communist Yugoslavia way back in 1991 when it declared secession from it by a sweeping 94% vote. The umbilical cord tore away gradually during the 1990’s as tens of thousands of people lost their life in the war of Serb/communist Yugoslavia aggression; hundreds of thousands Croats and non-Serbs – ethnically cleansed. Then, in 2000, the year after President Franjo Tudjman’s death, former communists (who did not want independent Croatia, who did not fight for it) returned at the helm of Croatia with a vengeance. 

When he was named Prime Minister in 2011, Zoran Milanovic was the leader of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and perceived by many as a promising politician, free of the corruption plaguing the rival conservative Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party. But Milanovic’a government failed to implement much-needed reforms, perpetuating widespread patronage of corruption and poor economic trends. His SDP lost power following 2015 elections and Milanovic stepped down as party chief after he failed again in the following year’s snap vote. In his 2019 Presidential campaign, he promised to make Croatia a “normal, decent” liberal democracy, with an equal society and independent judiciary. He defeated HDZ’s candidate, former President Kolinda Granbar Kitarovic and Patriotic Movement’s Miroslav Skoro.

Andrej Plenkovic as Prime Minister did not have good relations with Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, in fact there was a great deal of animosity for a number of years of her mandate and the two were at each other’s proverbial throats much of the time. Grabar Kitarovic had said on several occasions that she had not been able to achieve a working relationship with Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and used that as an excuse for not influencing needed reforms in national focus. Had she not sprung from a communist family background perhaps she would have tried harder to establish or force a working relationship so that Croatia could move along with needed reforms and national strategy that would see the crippling corruption weeded out (?).

It’s happening in Croatia again – Andrej Plenkovic has clearly demonstrated that he does not want to work with the new President Zoran Milanovic, either. One must contemplate upon possible motives for that, none of which appear to have Croatia’s national interests (attending to fixing the disastrously failing economy and paralysing corruption, for example) at heart.

The very public rows, public name-calling, mocking and public insults against each other between the two came out of nowhere, or it seems like that to most. Jaws dropped and befuddlement spread contagiously. The media was and is all over it; one does not know whether to laugh or cry. But, one does and must ask: why!?

Generally, in democracies, the public draws distinctions when it comes to the types of speech and behavior they deem acceptable from elected officials. Wide majorities in developed democracies say it is acceptable for elected officials to call their opponent uninformed on the issues and to raise their voice in a debate, but there is much lower tolerance for officials personally mocking or insulting their opponents.

And so, the Prime Minister and the President have not stopped attacking each other, mocking and insulting each other for weeks now. Both of them held press conferences on 23rd October 2020 – first Milanovic, who told Plenkovic that he avoided military service using a false medical diagnosis, and then, about an hour later Plenkovic said that ” a difficult defeat complex in the 2016 elections can be seen in Milanovic.”

The ugly showdown between the two continued.

Zoran Milanovic: “Hundreds of bitterns came under my window at the time when Plenkovic was building his five-penny career. My wife and my children could not leave the apartment, but he grew on that humus and manure.”

Andrej Plenkovic: ” A difficult defeat complex from the 2016 elections is again seen in him, his tone towards me is belittling, and he told a series of lies about me and my career, as well as about our relations.”

Milanovic: “Plenković was a protégé in all regimes. Based on a false diagnosis of anemia, Plenkovic avoided military service. The children of communist leaders could not avoid it (military service), only the privileged could do so.

Plenkovic: “The claim that I am the second generation of the red bourgeoisie, and that I was exempted from military service because of that… Articles about it in the media were not accidental, someone reported it to the media, I guess it was him. It is true that I have anaemia, a lot of members of my family have anaemia. There is also my son, several relatives, all who had it were exempted from military service.”

Milanovic: “He was a protégé, a loyal servant of that regime, he mocked Tudjman with all of us, fifty people know that.”

Plenkovic: “He joined the SDP before the change of government in 2000. I did not notice that he was a brave, concerned SDP member until then. He said that 50 people knew that I was mocking Tudjman. I just called a colleague, he said that he did not remember that.”

Milanovic: “I’m trying to remember what is true of all the things that Plenkovic said, except that he can do everything, even that, is not true.”

Plenkovic: “He is certainly not the main cause of radicalism. But it is indicative that the theses he is releasing, the theses about the military doctor, Tudjman’s hater, come from him and his belly fighters. I see that in the far right. It’s mud, banana peel, the pistons he throws at my feet. He gave a fine contribution to hate speech. “

Milanovic: “There was no statement about the Covid at Plenkovic’s press conference. Who triumphantly declared victory over the Covid, did my grandmother shake hands with the infected Đokovic? He dissolved the Parliament, called elections when it suited them, they won those elections with a miserable number of votes. And it’s all according to the rules. But the rules need to be changed, as well as the rules of the Criminal Code. “

Milanovic: “He is a bully. I fought in school playground and protected other children from such people.”

Plenkovic: “I said I would answer him, because everyone else fell silent. Nervousness starts when the case of Gorica, Gradiska, a public company … As Prime Minister, I have no right to remain silent about lies.”

Milanovic also accuses Andrej Plenkovic’s Government of “skipping” him and regulating issues of national security, i.e., those from the common domain reserved for the Prime Minister and the President of the Republic of Croatia, without the President.

And the sorry saga of mudslinging, mocking and insults has no end in sight, it seems. In a country that has so many existential problems and so much to get on with if Croatia is to be a functioning democracy transitioning from the communist regime this scandalous and pathetic charade of supposedly democratic free expression is most likely not accidental. It has been staged with the former President and it is staged with the current one so that the reality and permanency of a successful independent Croatia takes the back seat and communist heritage thrives. I am quite convinced that the hypocrisy, lined with communist nostalgia for both, lies in this

In a world with fewer rules, the only truly effective one is knowing what you can get away with. The answer today in Croatia, it turns out, is quite a lot. The question is: will the people tolerate this much longer?

In their domestic policies, both Andrej Plenkovic and Zoran Milanovic appear to embrace a noxious brew of insincere nationalism and penchant for authoritarianism (the communist Yugoslavia kind); just like Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic did. So that people don’t have a stronghold. One day these leaders defend the fight for independence elevating it to national sovereignty and right to self-determination and, on another day, they act as if that bloody fight never happened nor did it need to happen (because, to their apparent view, all was fine and dandy in Yugoslavia).  One day they vow to attack the widespread endemic corruption within the public sector and on another day, they keep devilishly shtum about the enormous theft of public wealth by individuals. 

Former communists and those who did not want an independent and democratic Croatia are proving once again that there is no limit to what they will do in order to keep Croatia stagnating in the rut of corruption, economic disaster and perpetual divisiveness that paralyses progress. Ina Vukic

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