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Frano Budimlić

2009.07.26. – Tuđman II

What a pleasure it was to read the initial slander-pieces in Croatia’s
Leftist press shortly after Miroslav Tudjman recently announced his
candidacy for President of the Republic of Croatia. They are trembling
with fear. The old communist regime is at it again, having unleashed
its media pit bulls in the pages of Jutarnji, Slobodna Dalmacija and
other tabloid trash.

Surely, the attacks will mount as the year passes and we gain closer to
the presidential elections. Tudjman’s candidacy does not come as a
surprise, and the old regime is well-prepared to stage a relentless
attack in the media that they control– through and through. They are
prepared to spin Tudjman’s lineage as a stone strung around his neck.
But it is actually his last name that will, hopefully, give him the
edge come election time.
Miroslav Tudjman
announcing his candidacy for president comes as a breath of fresh air
amid the Yugoslav stink that emanates from Zagreb these days. Stjepan
Mesic’s treasonous presidency is, not without dire consequence and
negative repercussion, thankfully, coming to an end.
Miroslav literally wrote the book on Mesic’s presidential record (
Vrijeme Krivokletnika), analytically dissecting and exposing his
treasonous ways, and binding them between hard covers. It’s way to
early to speculate, but Miroslav Tudjman succeeding Mesic would be a
total about-face for the nation– change that is desperately needed.
Tudjman II – Croatia’s Last Chance?
Among the many, many instances of treason and betrayal that have ripped
Croatia at the seams over the last 10 years, I will mention only the
most treasonous: General Ante Gotovina, a symbol of Croatian victory
and determinism, was caught and transferred to The Hague. A list of all
the anti-Croatian acts committed since the death of Miroslav’s father
would not fit into this column, nor would they, I fear, fit into many
more. But the betrayal of Gotovina truly does encompass the length,
width and breadth of just how intent Croatia’s post-Tudjman rulers were
in destroying the essence of a nation.
In the 10 years since Franjo Tudjman’s death, Stjepan Mesic, Ivica
Racan and Ivo Sanader competed with each other in the destruction of a
successful nation-state that they inherited. They promised early
accession to the European Union – they have been denied. They promised
Croatia would be "democratized" – they lied. In fact, Croatia was more
democratic, by western standards, during Tudjman’s reign than today.
President Franjo Tudjman was dubbed a "nationalist," an "autocrat," –
mostly by the influence of the treasonous "elites" that control
Croatia’s press, TV and radio airwaves. But recent international
studies attest to the fact that, for instance, the media was more free
during Franjo Tudjman’s rule than is the case today.
The ruling elites promised that Croatia would join NATO – she did. But,
lest we forget, it was Franjo Tudjman, along with Minister of defense,
Gojko Susak, that established -from scratch- Croatia’s military force;
fusing make-shift bands of heroic volunteers and professional patriot
legionaries, to constitute a winning team that forged Croatia’s
Much has been written about Croatia’s competent, modern, and fierce
armed forces. Unfortunately, it is rarely mentioned that Franjo
Tudjman’s son, Miroslav, had a key role in the establishment of
Croatia’s security services. Miroslav Tudjman served his nation
valiantly, having ordered and executed key covert operations crucial to
Croatia’s liberation. Tudjman Jr. handled the unenviable task of
coordinating Croatia’s security forces, proving to be nonexpendable to
Croatia’s future. Contrary to both Mesic and Sanader, he himself is a
very big reason Croatia was able to join NATO to begin with.
In stark contrast, the ruling "elites" have brought Croatia to the
brink of, not Euro-Atlantic integration, but to Balkan re-integration.
Another economic, and perhaps, in the very near future, political
reunion with Croatia’s neighbor to the East. Croatia’s maneuverability
on the foreign plane was, to be honest, never too great and certainly
unenviable. Thanks to elites that have ruled her in the last decade,
her maneuverability is now totally non-existent.
Domestically, Croatian politics are a laughing-stock of never-ending,
overtly neo-communist demagoguery. The political and media elites have
successfully pitted groups of Croat society against each other, having
destroyed what unity was achieved during the war years. Old
controversies are persistently recast in the press, while the memory of
the Homeland war has been all but destroyed.
Even while the Slovenes excavate the remains of Croats murdered in ’45,
the so-called "anti-fascists" (Yugoslav demagogues) hail their, it
appears, immortal dictator – Tito. This poisonous cocktail is served to
Croatian society on a day-to-day basis with two key objectives: 1)
Conceal the depth of their own treason and criminal ways (2) Silence
any and all opposition to their rule by depicting their opponents as
Being labeled a "right-winger" in Croatian public life is all it takes
for you to be successfully removed. The Yugoslav Left, yes, the
Yugoslav Left (Croatia’s political spectrum does not in any way, shape
or form resemble any classic Left/Right paradigm existent in modern
Western nations) has pushed the pendulum so far in its favor, that it
is currently politically suicidal to espouse pride in one’s nation or,
God forbid, support a patriotic platform. They have reduced the
Croatian identity to that of the red and white checkers on Croatia’s
soccer jersey. For the nation to survive, this must change.
Miroslav Tudjman Will Revive Croatian Patriotism
Miroslav Tudjman possesses a charisma that differs from that of his
late father. Being not a good speaker and lacking the statesman-like
appearance of his father, Miroslav compensates with an intellectual and
cumbersome approach to state affairs. His presence alone would sober
Croatia’s chaotic and ridiculous political affairs.
Unlike Stjepan Mesic, who continually suffers from an inescapable
Franjo Tudjman-complex that has riddled and over-shadowed his
disastrous presidency, Miroslav strives to be a serious statesman.
Unlike Mesic, Miroslav Tudjman did not treasonously testify against his nation at The Hague.
He has continuously upheld national standards and made national
interests his profession. He has repeatedly committed himself to the
unity of the nation, refusing to partake in a never-ending public
"debate" that is based on old controversies and "history" that serve no
purpose but to divide the small nation and fester divisiveness and pure
havoc. Tudjman JR. will, once again, mend old wounds and again make it
legitimate to be a Croat patriot.
The Diaspora Will Deal The Final Blow
If you are tired and bitter; if you can’t stand the treasonous ways of
the Mesic-UDBa-HDZ-SDP monopoly in Croatia– that uses its every chance
to disrespect and degrade the massive Croatian Diaspora, you will give
your vote to Miroslav Tudjman.
He has, time and again, promised to restore old glory and preserve the
nation’s heroic foundations. At the very least, he deserves the benefit
of doubt.
Who will, after all, merit the trust and the dedication of the
eternally-loyal Croatian emigre? Will it be a Mesic-type traitor? Will
it be Vesna Pusic? A woman that, in Croatia’s very own parliament,
proudly declared that Croatia committed aggression against Bosnia and
Herzegovina – the granddaughter of Yugoslav Monarchists that took part
in the slaughter of Croatian protesters at Jelacic Square in 1918? Will
it be Nadan Vidosevic– HDZ’s latest candidate that has grossly
enriched himself during Croatia’s privatization– he is nothing short
of a criminal tycoon, similar to those that have emerged from the
former Eastern Bloc?! Will it be SDP’s Jurcic, a man that, much like
Zagreb’s mayor, Milan Bandic, can’t decide between Croatian patriotism
and Karl Marx? Will it be SDP’s other candidate, Ivo Josipovic, a
neo-communist stickler and law professor that encourages the
persecution of Ante Gotovina?!?
For the Croat patriot at home and abroad, it will be Miroslav Tudjman.
At the very least, his last name alone occupying the presidential
office will heal the many wounds of the ravaged Croatian heart — torn
to pieces since the death of his father.
Frano Budimlic

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