Monday, September 21, 2015

Medjugorje Context: Retrospective on the Balkan Wars

Audio:  Part 1     Part 2

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...this program reviews and supplements previous programs on the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia, with particular emphasis on the pivotal role of Germany and what Mr. Emory calls “the Underground Reich” in the breakup of that country.

1. The program begins with discussion of renewed Croatian nationalism and unrest in Bosnia/Herzegovina. The Croatian population in Bosnia has been agitating for independence from the newly created state. “The international administration in Bosnia, which with 20,000 peacekeepers has spent five years trying to resurrect this damaged and bitterly divided town, is now itself under attack . . . .The situation, already tense, turned explosive nine days ago, when the international administration, which was put in place after the 1995 peace accord that ended the war, ordered raids on Herzegovacka Bank here and nine of its branches. The move was aimed at breaking the hold of increasingly uncooperative Bosnian Croat nationalists and at smashing their monopoly on economic and political power by cutting off a lifeline through the banks. But the international administration appears to have underestimated the response to the raid, which ended in riots that forced [U.N. administrator Colin] Munro and his staff to abandon their offices and leave under jeers and curses from an angry mob.” (“Nationalist Fires, Fanned by Croats, Singe Sarajevo Again” by Carlotta Gall; New York Times; 4/16/2001; p. A3.)

2. Much of the first side consists of an excerpt from FTR-154, detailing the decisive influence of Germany in precipitating the dissolution of the Yugoslavian nation. That broadcast, in turn, refers to a white paper presented at a symposium on the Balkans war that was held in Chicago on August 31 and September 1, 1995. Authored by T.W. “Bill” Carr, the paper is entitled “German and US Involvement in the Balkans: A Careful Coincidence of National Policies?” The excerpts highlight Germany’s shepherding of the secession of Slovenia and Croatia from Yugoslavia. It was the secession of those states that dissolved Yugoslavia.

3. The Carr paper analyzes the German role in the Balkans during World War II, with particular emphasis on the Third Reich puppet state of Croatia. The Croatian Ustachi were allied with Hitler and closely supported by the Vatican. The Ustachi regime brutally persecuted Serbs, killing more than 500,000. Croatian president Franjo Tudjman visited Germany in 1987, apparently making clandestine arrangements for the secession of Croatia from the Yugoslav federation. (Idem.)

4. It should be noted that Croatia received a $2 billion, interest-free loan from the Knights of Malta, while still part of Yugoslavia. (The Sovereign Military Order of Malta is an elite order of Vatican knights with strong connections to the centers of power in the U.S. and Ger­many.  (more...)


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