Origins of the Balkan Wars

The long-awaited new edition of Srdja Trifkovic’s work on the genocidal Ustaša—Croatian Revolutionary Movement is a pivotal contribution to modern Balkan studies, an area regrettably mired in deception, half-truths, and outright lies served up with a noxious dosage of outright Serbophobia.  This work is a painstakingly detailed study of the bloodthirsty Croatian Nazis and their leader, the Poglavnik (Führer) Ante Pavelic.  The Ustaše were responsible for the deaths of at least 400,000 Serbs, 30,000 Jews, and 25,000 Gypsies in Croatia and Bosnia.  While the Ustaše were mostly Croatian Catholics, many Bosnian Muslims (Bosniaks) joined their ranks.  The roots of the Balkan wars of the 1990’s lie directly in the Ustaša campaign of murder.  The Bosnian and Krajina Serbs’ secession took place in response to the rise of Serb-hating Ustaša sympathizers, including Croatia’s first president, Franjo Tudman, and Bosniak leader Alija Izetbegovic.

Two Serb boys were growing up in the communist Yugoslavia of the 1950’s and 60’s.  (This was the time when Ustaša crimes were swept under the rug by Tito’s regime in the name of “brotherhood and unity.”  Any forthright mention of Serb suffering was discouraged, if not punished.  The Croatians’ exuberant support...

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