Saturday, December 10, 2005
Thanks to my antipodean friend Peter North it has now been proven (it would have been impossible to do this without the web - which is a very hopeful development for humanity). This is a translation provided by a Serbian site & from these exerpts I can see why Tudjman's style is described as turgid. Nonetheless both remarks are there, with a marginal variation in wording but not meaning, which prove this is a separate translation of the same original document.
This is a work of supposed history & Tudjman adopts the stance of merely reporting history particularly the undeniably genocidal history of the old testment Jews (& everybody else of that era). He also scores a number of points about the actions of Germany's enemies with which I would not disagree. Indeed many of the things Hitler did were things very respectable people proposed before him - I have also said elsewhere how the Jewish Holocaust had to be promoted post-war as his biggest crime because Hitler's major crime, the unprovoked extermination of 24 million Soviets was effectively western policy from the late 1940s.
Indeed a disgusting aspect of NATO's genocide in Yugoslavia is how easily the powers that be, using the language of anti-Nazism (calling Milosevic "another Hitler" etc) were able & willing to repeat Hitler's crimes including arming & helping people like Tudjman who they knew to be genocidal Nazis. All the time the media deliberately lied unctuously inventing humanitarian reasons for the genocide our government did & they censored. If ever there was a justified war it was the one against Hitler but in doing this almost every major politician, journalist, newsreader & religious leader is metaphorically pissing on those who died in that war (this also happened literally in Croatia under Tudjman but no western leader objected). Every last one of these bastards should be arrested & (after due process) strung up from the nearest streetlamp.
Tudjman's role as a historian gives the impression that his statement about God's position on genocide is merely a lofty historical judgement, which would apply also to his claim that Jasenovic wasn't a death camp merely a jobseekers transit camp & anyway it was all run by the Jews. However to do this he has to ignore the vast amount of evidence from every other source but his that the WWII Croatian Nazis were publicly committed to the "kill 1/3rd, convert 1/3rd & drive out 1/3rd" of Serbs in precisely the same way & for the same reason that Kohl, Clinton et al ignored the fact that we were employing people similarly publicly committed to genocide.
I should also mention the Simon Wiesenthal Center who, I am told, had a translation of his book & who say they specifically refused to meet Tudjman but, because their search facility goes back to just after the end of the Kosovo war cannot say why. I did email tham but am still awaiting a reply.I know that, while still alive, Wiesenthal personally said that the first ethnic cleansing was of 50,000 Serbs from the bits of Croatia held by Tudjman at the start of the war.
PETER'S COMMENT AGAIN"..the establishment of Hitler's new European order could be justified by the need both to remove the Jews (undesirable more or less in all European countries) and to correct the French-British sin of the Versailles order."
"...genocidal violence is a natural phenomenon, in keeping with the human-social and mythological-divine nature. It is not only allowed, but even recommended. Moreover, it is advised in the words of the Almighty Jehovah whenever it is useful for survival or the renewed establishment of the kingdom of the chosen people, or for the maintenance and spread of His only genuine faith."
"...Remember also that Tudjman has made an indelible mark as a Holocaust denier and revisionist. In his pseudo-historical book Wastelands-Historical Truth, Tudjman ridiculed the notion that 6 million Jews perished in Europe and that the estimates of those murdered at Jasenovac in particular were grossly exaggerated. Incredibly, he argued that the Jews not only ran and "jealously" managed the camp, they actually orchestrated the murder of the Gypsies.
"For good measure, and to leave no doubt about where he stood, Tudjman criticized the efforts to expose Kurt Waldheim (as a matter of full journalistic disclosure, I must state for the record that I take that charge rather personally), while comparing Israeli policy towards the Palestinians to Nazi genocide, going so far as calling Israelis "Judeo-Nazis."
While campaigning for the Presidency, Tudjman fanned the flames of xenophobia and anti-Semitism by proclaiming on Croatian television that he thanked God that his wife was neither a Jew nor a Serb. How's that for subtlety.
"And he didn't get better after taking office. In a move which was both reprehensible and revealing as to how far he would go to rehabilitate the fascists, several years ago Tudjman attempted to turn the Jasenovac site into a burial ground for all those who were, in his words, "Croatian war victims."
"This obscene plan would have buried Ustashe criminals side by side with the very people they killed. There was to be no distinction between murderer and true victim. All were equally deserving of remembrance."