Demand from Croatia to admit WWII crimes before joining European Union
For a second I was so puzzled that I opened timeanddate.com just to make sure that today was June 22, 2012. Yet, the interview I had just read in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz seemed taken from the 1950s. Yesterday, former Under Secretary of State Stuart E. Eizenstat—who served in the Clinton Administration—told the newspaper that the EU must encourage Croatia and Serbia to take responsibility for their roles in the Holocaust before granting them EU membership. His name is little known, but Mr. Eizenstat negotiated agreements with Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, and other European countries with regard to restitution of property, compensation for slavery, recovery of looted art and bank accounts, and payment of insurance policies for Holocaust victims. He was also the American ambassador to the EU between 1993 and 1996. In other words, we are speaking with a formal expert on the issue; moreover, Haaretz is known in Israel as the Voice of the Shin Beth. In other words, the interview was a thinly disguised exposition of the official American-Israeli policy. Expectedly, the Israeli newspaper—for reasons to be explained—emphasized Croatia. The encounter took place during the President’s Conference in Jerusalem; despite the Croatian President being also present, Haaretz found an excuse to avoid an interview with the current expiatory goat of Israel. Even the Israeli journalist was aware of the atrocity he and the distinguished American gentleman had committed.
Croatia’s President Ivo Josipovic issued in February 2012 an apology for his country’s role in the crimes committed against the Jews during the Second World War. Of course, the Republic of Croatia became independent only in 1991, many years after the WWII ended; this was not an obstacle for Israel and the USA, which greedily accepted the apology. Mr. Eizenstat told Haaretz “it is time for Croatia to commence a restitution program and the formation of an independent commission of international scholars to examine the country’s wartime past.” Israel claims that 30,000 of Croatia’s Jews died during the Holocaust, which is 80% of the country’s Jewish population at the time. “Now is the time for the European Union to exact the maximum amount of leverage,” said the distinguished American, and then added “once they’re in, the leverage is lost.” Croatia is expected to become a full member of the EU in 2013, thus the USA and Israel have no time to lose if they expect to profit from the event.
The other accused party was Serbia, which expects to become a full member of the EU in 2014. Israel claims that 14,500 Jews died in Serbia during the Holocaust. Any other mention of Serbia was banned in the published interview. That wasn’t casual. Israel is a quiet ally of Serbia; it even militarily helped Serbia even when the latter was committing genocides in the 1990s. The silent pact goes back to WWII, when Jewish groups helped Serbia and attacked Croatia. In recent times this pact received another dimension. Israel doesn’t recognize Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia. On July 22, 2010, the International Court of Justice ruled against Serbia on its claim that Kosovo’s secession was illegal. ICJ President Hisashi Owada said that international law “contains no applicable prohibition of Kosovo’s declaration of independence. Accordingly, [the court] concludes that the declaration of independence on 17 February 2008 did not violate general international law.” In exchange for Israel’s support, Serbia is not too friendly towards Palestine.
I apologize to the Honorable Mr. Eizenstat, but his strategy, succinctly summarized by him as “once they’re in, the leverage is lost,” is nothing but an extortion attempt. Extortion is a crime which occurs when money, property, or services are obtained from somebody through coercion. The extortionist refrain from doing harm is called protection, or “Vitamin P” in Israel. The difference between extortion and robbery is that extortion involves a written or verbal threat whereas robbery can occur without any verbal or written threat. Mr. Eizenstat, your implied threat to deny Croatia membership in the EU was a crime.
But, the victims deserve compensation!
Mr. Eizenstat and your Israeli allies, you are right. Victims of violence deserve compensation. They deserve to see their violators in jail. They deserve to enjoy the rule of law. But that applies also to the victims of the USA and Israel. You cannot punish criminals associated to a regime you loath, but spare criminals associated to regimes you like. Otherwise you violate the principle of equality among people. Can you follow this complex logic, Honorable Mr. Eizenstat?
In American Led Apocalypse I analyzed the intrinsic violence of the USA. That article included a downloadable excel file named American Military Operations, which contains a partial list of military operations performed by the United States of America since its foundation. It doesn’t include the violent massacres on Native Americans committed by the illegitimate British colonies that became the USA. It doesn’t include an unknown number of classified operations that were never acknowledged by this violent government. It doesn’t include the violence of this government towards its citizens. It doesn’t include operations performed around the world by subservient governments (like Israel and the CAZAB countries) in the name of the noble American Empire. Yet, the list includes over 500 operations! Today, I just want to mention two of them, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in which the USA assassinated children, women and elders without distinction. Within the first four months of the bombings, the radiation killed 90,000–166,000 people in Hiroshima and 60,000–80,000 in Nagasaki. Half of the deaths occurred on the first day. How does this compare to the abovementioned Croatian and Serbian events? Mr. Eizenstat, did you ever considered imposing sanctions on the USA until it properly compensates the victims? Not only did your country not compensate them, but it continued performing savage medical studies on the survivors. Documentaries on the topic—many produced by your country—are chilling, and easily compare to the Nazi Dr. Mengele (see Israel’s Eugenics Program: Dr. Mengele Blues).
Mr. Netanyahu, don’t feel joyous for my criticizing the USA. You are not better. You cry about the Nazi injustices, but you pay no attention to yours. Israel creates Palestinian victims day and night; including the barbaric slaughter of children. Let me bring just one case. On December 8, 1983, an extremely dangerous Palestinian terrorist was killed by an Israeli sniper in Nablus. Yosef Harnoi, a settler from Eilon Moreh, assassinated an eight-year-old girl called Aisha Adnan Al-Bahsh. He wounded her sister as well. Aisha was in her hometown. Mr. Harnoi was a settler ignoring and violating international law. On October 2, 1985, he was convicted by the Tel Aviv district court of manslaughter and was also found guilty of causing the girl’s sister grievous bodily harm. He was sentenced to a mere ten years imprisonment and a five-month suspended sentence. The murder claim was rejected on grounds of his alleged epilepsy. He—like all male settlers—had been trained by the army, held a position in the settlements’ military protection system, and most important of all, was given gun and ammunitions by the IDF. The government and the army were content with the light punishment. Aisha couldn’t react to the sentence and her family was never indemnified for the crime. The indemnification issue is very important. Only if the political and military leaders face the reality of indemnifying their victims and see their war-profits diminish, only then will these crimes in Israel end. Israel consistently refuses to pay damages to Arab victims for its actions. However, in 1952, the young State of Israel signed the Reparations Agreement with Germany, in which Germany agreed to indemnify the WWII victims.
Time and again, the State of Israel shows discrimination between humans, despite its claims of being a democracy. Israel prides itself on its morality, on its superiority on these grounds when compared to regimes like the Nazi’s. However, it is a society that discriminates in how it delivers punishment. A Palestinian causing similar damage to a Jewish girl would have been lynched on the spot by the self-righteous mob or put in prison for life. But justice in Israel is relative. Maybe that’s why Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of the state in the 1950’s; morally, he refused. Oddly, he lived then in the USA, a country which is equally immoral. As time goes by, we tend to forget the victims; history is the story of the victorious—and often violating—army. Croatia and Serbia are now in a position to make a point here; they can accept engaging in a restoration process, conditioning it on a similar one for Israel and the USA. Justice must exist for all, don’t you agree with that, Mr. Eizenstat?