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By Nenad N. Bach | Published  01/6/2002 | Politics | Unrated
commentary by 
Jean W. Lunt-Marinovic 
There have been two defining moments in American culture in the 20th century 
which have bound American people in common suffering -- and suffering is what 
ultimately binds a nation -- the assassination of President Kennedy and the 
terrorist attacks on the 11th of September. The Croatian nation and its 
people have been bound in common suffering during the 20th century also. 
Firstly, the unprecedented assassination of five Croatian 'front benchers' in 
a full session of parliament in Belgrade, by Serbian assassin Punisa Racic, 
brought the entire Croatian nation into the streets in mourning and in 
protest for several days in 1928. Secondly, after World War II, hundreds of 
thousands of Croatian men, women and children were massacred and thrown into 
various pits along a march of death ordered by Tito. Current excavations in 
Slovenia are uncovering horrific evidence, and many other sources acknowledge 
that this tragedy undeniably happened -- sources differing only as to numbers 
and who was actually guilty: the Yugoslav Partisans or the British. In the 
spring of 1945 the Croatian nation and half a million of its people were 
butchered because of the bloody Yugoslav idea -- every Croatian family has 
its own victims. 
In December 2001, Croatia's President Mesic awarded the highest Croatian 
medal to the widow of Sir Fitzroy Maclean posthumously on his behalf. This 
latest anti-Croatian outrage is proof that President Mesic of Croatia has 
lost all touch with his own people. 
Neither the British nor the Americans are anxious to bring up these terrible 
crimes against humanity and have kept as much evidence as possible hidden in 
archives since WWII. To date no attempt to investigate those post WWII 
crimes (against the Geneva Convention 1929), known as the Bleiburg Genocide, 
have been carried out at an official level in Britain. 
In World War II the British people and Allies worked and fought to defeat 
Nazism -- the installation of post-war communist regimes in East and South 
Eastern Europe was definitely not the reason that they fought and died. 
According to former President Truman in the book 'Strategies of Containment', 
Tito killed more than 400,000 of his opponents in communist Yugoslavia before 
he could finally establish himself as a dictator. If at least one of Tito's 
western allies acknowledged that more than 400,000 of Tito's opponents were 
murdered, and other sources agreed that those killed were mostly Croats, then 
there was surely even more Croatian victims. These crimes need to be 
investigated officially, and certainly not rewarded. 
Some evidence has gradually surfaced over the decades from archives to prove 
that high-ranking British officials were instrumental in bringing Tito to 
power. During WWII Fitzroy Maclean had been the key figure in the making or 
breaking of the Yugoslav Partisans. As the British Liaison officer for Prime 
Minister Churchill, already stationed inside wartime Yugoslavia, Fitzroy 
Maclean (formerly of the British diplomatic service in Moscow and fluent in 
Russian) secured Allied support for Tito and the communist 'Yugoslav' 
Partisans. The legacy of Fitzroy Maclean went beyond the defeat of Hitler 
however. The British decision to support Tito secured the creation of a 
second totalitarian communist Yugoslavia which led to the deaths of hundreds 
of thousands of innocent Croatian civilians. 
There is no doubt that Fitzroy Maclean was well aware of high level orders 
regarding the fate of Tito's Croatian opponents, as he dined in Belgrade in 
the spring of 1945 with Tito. According to F. Lindsay in 'Beacons in the 
Night -- With the OSS and Tito's Partisans in Wartime Yugoslavia', Americans 
assigned to Fitzroy Maclean during WWII accepted the fact that the Yugoslav 
operation was under British command. Thus any knowledge or complicity 
regarding the post-war genocide of Croatian civilians and prisoners of war 
rests with the British more than the Americans, and certainly with 'Tito's 
To this day much controversy and buck-passing still surrounds the 
responsibility for the murder of all of Tito's Croatian opposition during the 
spring of 1945. The awarding of a medal posthumously to Fitzroy Maclean is 
incomprehensible to me, and to Croatian people, and the rational judgment of 
the current Croatian president is in question, as is his next election 
victory. Who will Mesic punish, or reward next? Punisa Racic? It is as if 
Americans awarded a medal to Lee Harvey Oswald or Benedict Arnold, or to Bin 
Laden. On thing is for sure, no German leader would ever award a medal 
posthumously to Air Vice Marshal Arthur Harris of Bomber Command for the 
unnecessary cruel bombing and killing of over a hundred thousand refugees and 
civilians in Dresden. 
written by 
Jean W. Lunt-Marinovic, Australia, 2 January 2002. 
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