Friday, December 10, 2010

Worth saying

How is it possible that even people who appear to have recognized Communism for the evil it was still manage to heap praise for that monstrous mass murderer, Josip Broz a.k.a. Tito. Well, yes, he fell out (kind of) with Stalin. And so what? Did that make him a better person? Did that mean that Yugoslavia was a free country economically, socially or politically? Not so that you'd notice. Yes, it all fell apart after his death. Anyone who knew anything about it predicted that as the seeds of destruction were sown by dear old Tito and his murderous gang in power.

Those of us of the right age remember the tales of Yugoslav murder squads killing or attempting to kill opponents of the regime abroad, in West Germany, in Australia, in the United States, in Canada, in Britain. Yet Tito continued to be feted.

Belatedly, as Der Spiegel reports, Germany is trying to rectify matters.
Between 1970 and 1989, 22 Croatian exiles were killed in the former West Germany at the behest of the late Yugoslav leader Josip Tito and his country's communist party. Now the German federal prosecutor's office is looking into the crimes, while the interior minister is being asked to strip Tito of the German Order of Merit.
Read the rest of the story, especially if you cannot recall the various incidents.

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