The Croatian NDH state archives turned over to Israel
On the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Croatia the national expectations were that all the questions pertinent to the 1990-1995 defensive war and independence were to be resolved. However, the reality proved to be different as Serbia, the aggressor, failed to follow the path of reconciliation; not only it failed to provide the information on the „dissapeared“ Croatian nationals, not only it did not nulify its law on prosecuting the Croatian veterans, not only it did not repudiate its laws regarding the arrogant theft of Croatian language, not only it did not repudiate its law of cultural theft of Croatian Dubrovnik literature, not only it failed to pay the war reparations, but today, in 2022, it turned over to the state of Israel the complete archives dating back to NDH government of WWII.
The official sources of the defense ministry of Serbia formally announced a meeting held between the vice-president of the Serbian government and minister of defense Nebojša Stefanović and Israel emissary in Belgrade Jahel Vilanom on 7 February. The emissary was presented “ a hard disc containing 162,000 pages of digital copies of military information pertaining to the persecution of Jews by the NDH government during WWII.”
Specifically, these archive materials were removed from the territory of Republic of Croatia by the yugoslav government prior to the 1990 war. In 2006 the government of Croatia requested the return of these materials in addition to more than 700 data groups and collections from about 50 institutions, primarily the Archive of Yugoslavia, the Federal secretariat of foreign affairs, the Military archive, administrative branches of the Yugoslav People's Army as well as the Yugoslav video documentation section. All of these were illegally plundered by the Serbian dominated government in Belgrade.
The evident intent of Serbia, in this one of many incidents, is to create disent and discredit Croatia vis a vis Israel because of the NDH politics during WWII. However, at its core, the incident uncovers Serbian nostalgia for the loss of Yugoslavia and with it the control of Greater Serbia as well. Serbia's aggression against its neighbors displayed a behavior witnessed by the international community as a genocidal nation systemically committing war crimes by its military, paramilitary and civilian government. Slobodan Milosevic was recognized as international pariah and his war generals Mladic and Karadic were internationally sentenced for war crimes. The cult of the invincible Serbian soldier was demolished in successive battles by the Croatian military; it is inconceivable that Serbia will be able to forget the final defeats inflicted by the operation Storm. Thus, a source of political resentment and hatred.
The turning over of the Croatian historical archives to a third country uncovers a high dose of political primitivism and hatred toward the Croatian people. At the same time, this action indicates that Serbia-at this point in time- does not work toward peace and building better relations with its neighbors. Such political imaturity is worrisome to the point that under the current negotiating conditions, Serbia should not, and will not, be seriously considered as a viable candidate to join the culture of the western democratic society of the European Union.
Equally important, it must be emphasized that the top Croatian political leadership has sent, at best, a flaccid note of protest in reaction to this demeaning Serbian created incident. The main portion of the Croatian protest note reads : “ It is a conclusion of the Croatia side that, to differentiate the ongoing Serbian behavior to this one incident, there are no barriers on the part of Serbia which will exacerbate the current process of the AnnexD Agreement regarding the questions of Serbian succession (into the EEUU), as it pertains to the archives”.(sic!)
This narrative contained in the protest note of the Croatian ministry of external and European affairs forwarded to the Serbian ministry, is a soft, unclear, double meaning comment which can hardly be called a “note of protest”. What it does instead, is to clearly indicate the intellectual limitation of the Croatian diplomacy. That, in itself, should be deeply worrisome. Such note is simply another one in a series of many which display a continuation of the Croatian-Yugoslav diplomatic school which was displayed by actions of Budimir Loncar who actively lobbied for sanctions AGAINST Croatia and for prohibition of sale of armaments to Croatia at the time when the very existence of the nation was jeopardized by Serbian aggression. The same type of diplomacy continued by the actions of traitor Stipe Mesic who at the end of the war turned over the military archives ….to the British!
Nothing in diplomacy has changed after a bloody war and declaration of independence. This protest note testifies to the continuation of the same weakness, perpetuation of decadent ideology and possibly treason.
During the last decade, Croatia has been led by two Tito’s guard pioneers/cadets: Milanovic and Plenkovic. They are simply nor capable of leading the democratic, free, sovereign capitalistic nation. They offer, cultivate and preserve the communist beliefs and Yugoslav narratives thus obfuscating the true development of democracy and free market. Perpetuation of such conditions easily offers time and space to the opposition to optimally take advantage and use all resources against true development of Croatia. How long will this continue?
The corollary of this incident is contained in one question: Where is the accountability?
First, there is no accountability of Croatian leading politicians who are, plainly speaking, selling snake oil to their people while at the same time publically propagating the nostalgia of the war defeated Yugoslav ideology. These dinosaurs of Croatian politics need to be removed from the positions of leadership by free elections.
Second, it is not superfluous to mention the lack of accountability of the Croatian Academy of Arts and Sciences, an institution paid by the Croatian people, which has –by its perennial inertness on these matters- failed to the Croatian people.
Third, the accountability of the government of Serbia toward its citizens having in mind that Serbia will not be allowed to join the European Union without the full acceptance and “yes” vote of the Croatian people.
If absence of accountability presumes a need for penalty, there remains still an open question: When?
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