******UPDATE******

It seems that, rather tellingly, the EU accidentally used the Nazi, or “Ustasha,” version of Croatia’s checkerboard flag to welcome Croatia to the union. The EU Parliament’s facebook page welcoming Croatia at first posted the old emblem instead of the slightly adjusted post-Nazi emblem with a crown on it:

From a Google Translate page of the forum that caught the error:

In fact, the Facebook page of the European Parliament published a photo in which large letters reading “Welcome Croatia” in the lower right corner is published Croatian coat of arms without the crown, which starts white field. Although this is an old Croatian coat of arms, Croatia officially uses the emblem with a crown that započionje red field. Many citizens immediately responded to this incredible mistake [and] administrator[s] have a new picture…

With WWII-unrepentant Croatia now part of the EU, please also note the updated spelling of Ustasha: EUstasha.

Finally, I received the following note from Rodney Atkinson, director of the Freenations website and former British Ministerial Adviser, author, and lecturer at University of Mainz in Germany.

“Speaking in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan on the day that former Yugoslav republic Croatia became the EU’s 28th member state, the prime minister [David Cameron] hailed the power of the EU to transform divided societies.” — The Guardian

Like when the EU broke up Czechoslovakia into: the old Nazi State of Slovakia (which actually volunteered to send their Jews to Germany), and the Czech Republic.

Like when the EU broke up Yugoslavia into [uncompromising] Bosnian Muslims…Kosovo Albanian Muslims, and…openly fascist Roman Catholic Croats.

Like when the EU promotes Scottish and Welsh separatism from the UK.

With a moron like Cameron, who needs a Hitler??

Indeed, the EU transforming divided societies? Why, it simply divides them.

******END UPDATE******



A girl gestures during a protest against Cyrillic signs at Zagreb’s main square April 7, 2013. Around 20,000 Croats, mostly war veterans, rallied on Sunday on the central square in the capital Zagreb to protest against a plan to introduce signs in the Cyrillic alphabet used by Serbs. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

Croat war veterans protest against Cyrillic signs (Reuters, April 7, 2013)

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Around 20,000 Croats, mostly war veterans, rallied on Sunday on the central square in the capital Zagreb to protest against a plan to introduce signs in the Cyrillic alphabet used by Serbs.

Some Croats see the Serbian script as a reminder of the suffering of the country during fighting against the Serb-dominated Yugoslav army and Serbian militias during the 1991-95 war of independence.

The Social Democrat-led government, which will take the country into the European Union on July 1, says it wants to respect the minority law and put up bilingual signs in areas where the population is more than one third ethnic Serb. […]

As in Kosovo, where Cyrillic script gets defaced wherever it’s visible and where Orthodox churches get destroyed — all supposedly because these ancient things “symbolize the Milosevic era” — it never occurs to anyone that the fighting and suffering started because Croatia and Kosovo didn’t want any Serbs around. They wanted ethnically pure states. And that’s what the anti-Cyrillic and anti-Orthodox stuff is about.


Pristina: Strike Everything Serbian: On the signpost at the entrance to Pristina from the direction of Skopje, Macedonia, Serbian directions to Pristina, Center, Mitrovica and Pec are crossed out. On another signpost (picture no longer available), routes in Serbian are also crossed out, including the word ‘Belgrade’. (Note: In Israel, road signs are in Hebrew and Arabic, just as under Serbia’s rule — where Albanians supposedly had no rights — it was in both languages.)

Perhaps the November photo below says it best, taken just a day after The Hague’s acquittal of Croatian generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac for ethnically cleansing Serbs in the 1991-95 war – a reversal of their 2011 convictions. The new verdict was designed precisely to purify Croatia for its July 1st E.U. entry:


Nuremberg, Germany (Nov. 17, 2012) — After scoring a goal for his Bayern Munich soccer team, Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic saluted fans on the verdict as Albanian midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri ran up to show support.

Mandzukic told to avoid questionable gestures

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP, Nov. 19) — The German Football Federation has told Bayern Munich’s Croatian striker, Mario Mandzukic, to avoid any celebrations which could lead to “false interpretations.”

Mandzukic scored in a 1-1 draw at Nuremberg in the Bundesliga on Saturday, then ran toward Bayern’s fans and raised his right arm in a stiff salute, a gesture interpreted by Serbian media and others as being in honor of two Croatian generals released a day earlier by the Hague Tribunal.

Showing solidarity was an Albanian player:

The federation wrote a letter to Mandzukic and Bayern midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri telling them to avoid such gestures in the future. Shaqiri raised his right arm in a typical military salute. He is a Swiss national who was born in Kosovo….

In statements released by Bayern to German news media, both players denied any political intentions.

Mandzukic, however, wrote on his website Monday that his salute was “only an expression of a strong personal emotion I felt as any Croatian citizen and that it should be treated in such a context only.” [ “It’s a Croatian thing. You wouldn’t understand.”]

“I am a Croat and I share the happiness of my compatriots,” he wrote.

Mandzukic said his gesture was “nothing sensational” and didn’t need to be discussed in the media.

[ ‘We Croatians don’t have to explain ourselves to anyone.’ That is, he’ll gesture as he pleases and you’ll have nothing to say about it. And if you do, he’ll interpret his gestures FOR you — and why is the world suddenly noticing Croatianism anyway? It’s none of your business! But he did it on TV. At a national stadium. At an international game. But he knows there’ll be no consequences because now the West is stuck with them. ]

Mandukic’s agent, Ivan Cvjetkovic, told the Croatian daily Vecernji List that the celebration was linked to the release of the two generals.

A damage-control follow-up:

Mandzukic ‘Nazi salute’ row dismissed (Supersport.com, Nov. 19)

Bayern Munich club bosses Monday downplayed military-style salutes by Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic and Kosovo-born Switzerland international Xherdan Shaqiri while they were celebrating a goal in Saturday’s Bundesliga match at Nuremberg.

Mandzukic and Shaqiri saluted after the goal…while the Croatian also faced celebrating Bayern fans with an outstretched straight right arm.

Both later categorically denied the salutes were a greeting to Croatian former generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac.

Bayern club president Uli Hoeness said on Mandzukic’s gesture: “I don’t know what he was trying to say but we shouldn’t interpret too many things into it.” [Again: ‘What are you doing suddenly paying attention to Germany’s Croatian spawn? If you didn’t notice this stuff in the 90s, don’t start now — it’s Croatia’s year to enter the EU.]

Club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge also dismissed any suggestion of a military greeting.

“This information is wrong. There is absolutely no truth to this story as both have explained,” he said.

Mandzukic said through Bayern’s media department that there was nothing political about the gesture and that he was merely celebrating the goal by “greeting Croatia and waving to the fans.”

Shaqiri said he knew nothing about political affairs in Croatia.

“I simply ran over to Mario to celebrate with him,” he said.

However in Croatia, Mandzukic’s manager, Ivan Cvetkovic, was quoted by the daily Vecernji List as saying: “I’m proud of Mario and elated with how he celebrated the goal, joining all Croats in happiness owing to the return of our generals.”

In Serbia, the celebration was also seen as political.

“A significant number of athletes used the verdict in The Hague to humiliate Serbia with inappropriate celebrations,” the Belgrade daily Blic said. […]

Indeed, the “non-incident” was in addition to a salt-in-the wound gesture, by a Croatian coach, who wanted the two acquitted Serb-liquidators to do the honorary kickoff at a game with Serbia: “A proposal by Croatia coach Igor Stimac that Gotovina and Markac take the honorary kickoff at the start of a World Cup qualifier between the two nations on March 22 in Zagreb was greeted with fury by Serbian football officials…”

Meanwhile, if Shaqiri knows nothing about Croatian political affairs, what was he bursting with that compelled him to join Mandzukic’s side? Especially if he’s not into Croatia for Croatia’s sake, there is but one common value that could have propelled his legs across the field to salute Croatian fans: beating the Serbs. Serb-revulsion is a strong motivator. It’s not for nothing that 5,000 Albanians joined the fight in Croatia, with Agim Ceku becoming a general and ordering gunfire on Canadian UN peacekeepers before becoming Kosovo’s prime minister in 2006 — plus an Albanian commander named Ademi that a UN report advised the ICTY to focus on, as Croatia would be more likely to give him up than a Croat. Nor should it be forgotten that Croatia’s secession, like that of supremacist Slovenia, was partly motivated by these more prosperous republics being tired of the heavy taxation subsidizing Yugoslavia’s more pathetic, money-pit regions, particularly Kosovo. Yet still the Albanian-Croatian camaraderie continues, despite being able to count the number of Albanians in Croatia, or Croatians in Kosovo, on a single hand. (Croatia evacuated the last 400 Croats from Kosovo around 2007.) But no tie binds more strongly than hatred of Serbs. It conquers all.

So bring on the fireworks:

Croatia EU Membership Celebrated

ZAGREB, Croatia — Fireworks are ready and foreign leaders are arriving as Croatia celebrated on Sunday its entry into the European Union some 20 years after winning independence in a bloody civil war that shook the continent.

Croatia will become the 28th EU member on Monday, the bloc’s first addition since Bulgaria and Romania joined in 2007…Thousands of people are expected to join in the celebrations across the country, including in the main square of the capital, Zagreb, where artists will perform for dozens of EU and regional leaders until midnight when big fireworks and the singing of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy – EU’s anthem – will mark the official entry into the bloc.

Customs posts will be removed from Croatia’s borders with EU neighbors Slovenia and Hungary, while EU signs and flags will be put on its borders with non-EU states Bosnia, Serbia and Montenegro. […]

Croatia set to become 28th European Union member…The EU itself has given Croatia a clean bill of health - and praised reforms which improve the rule of law and tackle corruption.

The only thing conspicuously missing in preparation for Croatia’s big year were the otherwise annual memorials in December for the Croatian fuhrer. Or maybe it was just the press about it that was missing, so as not to mess anything up for Croatia.

But hey, it’s all about the beautiful coastline. And so far, that’s all Americans know of Croatia. And if you ask the imp on “Game of Thrones” (partly set in the supposedly destroyed city of Dubrovnik) it’s all about Croatia’s “beautiful women.”