Gojko Šušak, a satanic member of the satanic Croatian diaspora, was, although not born until 1945, the son and brother of Ustaše war criminals, reputedly executed by the Partisans for war crimes.
Biding his time after Tito’s death he managed to turn the twisted jackal Franjo Tudjman, allegedly a Partisan during WWII, to embrace both neo-Ustashists and paleo-Ustashists, including war criminals who escaped to South America after the Holocaust, including Ivo Rojnica. Tudjman’s own father and stepmother committed suicide (probably offed themselves after getting a good look at what they had wrought), which apparently unhinged Franjo so much that he became a virulently anti-Serb historian.
So, anyway, the satanic Gojko Šušak, a high-ranking HDZ official who later became Croatia’s Defence Minister, was part of a group which decided for no apparent reason to bomb a mostly Serb village, Borovo Selo, inside Croatia. There were no casualties but it enhanced the tensions that Šušak and his ilk had been fanning. He lied and claimed he “had nothing to do with the incident but had been in the area at the time”. Croatia’s interior minister Josip Boljkovac later said the group had, in fact, included Šušak, Branimir Glavaš and Vice Vukojević. Glavaš, mentor of Dragan Vulin, among other “Young Turks” (pardon the expression), was, on 20 January 2015, after serving five years in prison, was released after Croatia’s Constitutional Court (LOL) rescinded his war crimes conviction on procedural grounds. His case was remanded to the Supreme Court for a retrial. (LOL) If it were even remotely possible to have confidence in the Croat judiciary that might not be so bad, but there’s the rub … lack of confidence in Croatia’s laughable judiciary isn’t only mine. The Institute for War and Peace Reporting (https://iwpr.net/global-voices/croatia-work-progress) describes Croatia’s judiciary as a “corrupt and unprofessional cadre of judges”.
Not longer after four punk Croatian policemen tried to remove a Yugoslav flag in the mostly Serb village to replace it with the Croat butcher’s apron which is the flag of the Sabor. They were attacked and two held captive. Police chief Josip Reihl-Kir, a Croat of Swabian descent and a decent man, who would later be murdered by Croat militants, sent a regiment of soldiers, who had been granted safe passage it must be admitted, by the Serb authorities, to secure the release of the two punks. Well, an ambush was planned and twelve of the soldiers and one Serb were killed in a well-planned and daring ambush. This inflamed passions and is credited with being the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back, in the sense that, like the Easter Rising in Ireland (but without any of the more noble qualities which even I must admit the Irish possess), it irrevocably ensured the ethnic meltdown that would lead to outright enmity, war, savagery (only to be expected here considering the participants, especially the Croats) and a complete break in the federal ties which had become frayed over the years that had held Yugoslavia together.
Michael Collins (quite brilliant at guerrilla warfare, fundraising, and counter-intelligence) helped engineer a war to satisfy the unsatisfiably irredentist urges that ultranationalists are evidently privy to being possessed by. I wouldn’t know about such base instincts. Collins like the rest of the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) exploited the deaths of those killed in the Easter Rising and later deaths, both in action and on hunger strikes. There were no hunger strikes in the Yugoslav wars as far as I know but the HVO exploited the events in Borovo Selo in a similar way. Šušak was not as accomplished as Collins but there was no need for guerrilla warfare or espionage or counter-intelligence so that point is moot. Šušak was good at raising money from like-minded neo-Ustashists in Canada and elsewhere to fund the extremist hate-mongering HDZ party led by Tudjman in its political campaigning, which proved successful in 1990. Collins was not satanic like Šušak. However ruthless Collins was and devastating in his inadvertent but unavoidable impact on ecumenical relations and good will between nationalists and unionists, he rarely expressed hatred towards his opponents and discouraged vengeance-seeking or conduct which would besmirch the national identity he sought to forge. Croatian “nationalists” who have, for most of the 20th-century turned out to be genocidal in nature, have no problems expressing their blatant hatred and referencing the blatant sectarianism that undergirds and motivates them, as their clerics never tire of encouraging them. Although Catholic they never express or even pay lip service to Christian canons such as forgiveness, redemption, grace, or repentance. Croat Catholics are more akin to the Westboro Baptist Church. And woe to those who fall short of the Croat realpolitik (i.e. Reihl-Kir, Milan Levar, Slavenka Drakulić, the Feral Tribune).
Collins was only partially successful in his goal and it cost him his life in his 32nd year. Unfortunately, Šušak was more successful and lived to see. despite his death at 53 from cancer in 1998 (normally something I would acknowledge as a tragedy but not in this case) success in Croatia, although not in annexing Herzegovina and much of Bosnia, which they still seek to do) to create the new Greater Croatia. Tito, inadvertently presumably, helped enable the Greater Croatia as he somehow got Italy to cravenly cede Istria to Yugoslavia in a secret negotiation, of which most Italian citizens were unaware). The Croats just kept it on their way out of the federation. I already explained how Croatia got control of 89% of Istria in 1979; and you can bet it didn’t endear Tito to them. Slavonia, like all land borders, is porous and political. It goes to whomever gets to keep it. And Dalmatia has been under the control of various regimes over the last millennium or so. The fact that Croatia is described as “Croatia Proper”, with Slavonia, Dalmatia and Istria somehow not part of “Croatia Proper” but part of Croatia nonetheless, somehow, is an irritating confirmation that they were not always so. So on any map you can see Croatia malevolently encircling BiH lobster-like (bet those pincers are sharp), and cutting off or cramping its neighbors access to the Adriatic, enriching her coffers from the tourism and maritime industries.
The larger lesson is that Tito was trying to appease Croatian nationalists but that, like with most Irish republicans, is impossible to do. The war crimes perpetrated by Croats during the Serb Holocaust and the Shoah, which have never left the collective Serbian consciousness, ensured that the ostensibly reasonable and justified demands for greater autonomy by Croatian students and others in the 1960s and 1970s were not going to be peaceably granted because those making the demands (and making demands is always dicey and always leads to consequences that the demanders somehow never foresee or pretend not to foresee) could not and cannot be trusted. Those seeking “greater autonomy” were seen for what they were: ultranationalist secessionists, operating gradually. Like the Irish, the Croats will take in real time whatever they can extort but they will never give up relentlessly trying to claw it all back. Once you are reduced to trying to assuage your worst enemies you are lost.
In 1991 it was a half-century since the NDH (the Nazi-affiliated Independent State of Croatia) was founded, and more Croats began cheering its memory, as many or more outside amongst the diasporae, as inside, especially in Split, which appears to be a particularly virulent site. It is the NDH on which, regardless of what any politicians, talking heads and educated idiots have to say (like Marko Attila Hoare, a particularly irritating well-off self-centered toff from Surbiton), the present-day Republic of Croatia is founded upon.
That war broke out that same year is ironic. That Europe and the United States abandoned the Serbs after the Croats’ former wartime allies, Germany and the Vatican, recognized Croatian independence and the thuggish neo-Ustashist HVO Party, funded outside the country (in the USA, Canada, Germany, South American, etc) by the aforementioned diasporae, particularly the contingent supportive of or actually derived/descended from the war criminals who had escaped justice thanks to the mostly South American and Middle Eastern countries which harbored them.