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Croatian Ustaše (clerical-fascists) in Australia? So what else is new?
by Jared Israel
[Jan. 1, 2008]
As Croatian clerical-fascist rock star Thompson’s Australian tour reaches its half-way mark, with the big question: will Immigration Minister Sen. Chris Evans do the right thing and rescind Thompson’s visa, which he granted with the remarkable proviso that Thompson “will be told that he must not ‘vilify, incite discord or represent a danger to the community’”  (which raises the question: why not just grant visas to armed suicide bombers as long as they promise not to set themselves off?), it is worthwhile noting that in Australia Thompson is currently playing to the children and grand children of serious Nazis.
Thompson states in his song “Geni Kameni” (which translates, “Genes [as in DNA] of Stone”):
‘We’ being the Croatian Ustaše, many of whom fled the Partisan victory in Yugoslavia, emigrating to places like the US, Canada and, especially, to Australia, where they apparently received tender loving care from the secret service, producing an international scandal and leading to the remarkable 1973 New York Times article, posted below, following which I have posted some explanation from Richard West’s Tito and the rise and fall of Yugoslavia.
-- Jared Israel
This from The New York Times of March 17, 1973
“Australian Police Raid Offices of the Nation’s Secret
Service,” by the Associated Press, published by The New York
March 17, 1973, p. 11
And this from Tito and the rise and fall of Yugoslavia, by Richard West
New York, Carroll & Graf, 1995 (Originally published: London, Sinclair-Stevenson, 1994), chapter 15, pages 301 – 303
The Ustasha, now [after WWII – J.I.] called [renamed by Croatian Fuhrer Pavelic himself – J.I.] the HOP, and the other Croatian terrorist groups found a more tolerant home in such democratic countries as Canada, Sweden, West Germany and above all Australia. The Liberal Party governments in the 1960s not only welcomed but gave support to these anticommunist militants. Ustasha soldiers trained with the Australian army near Woodonga, Victoria. The editor of the HOP newspaper Spremnost, Fabian Lovoković, who was also a prominent Liberal Party politician, was able to boast in 1963 that the ASIO, the Australian intelligence service, ‘does not view the Croatian Liberation Movement in an unfavourable light’. Thanks to the tolerance shown them by the authorities throughout the 1960s and early 1970s, the various Ustasha groups in Australia were able to carry out bomb attacks on Yugoslav consulates, a bank with a display of Yugoslav dolls, the Adriatic Tourist Agency in Sydney, and a cinema showing a Yugoslav film, and to make three separate attempts on the life of a prominent anti-Ustasha Croat. Due to the favourable political climate, the most violent of the Ustasha groups, the Croatian Revolutionary Brotherhood, established its world headquarters in Australia in 1968, when it was banned by West Germany.
The front page of [Ustasha] Spremnost in January 1963 carried a story on Ustasha military training under the banner headline: ‘Today on the Murray River – Tomorrow on the Drina’ (‘Danas na Rieci Murray – Sjutra na Drini’). To prove that this was no idle boast, an Ustasha group from Australia attempted to start an uprising in eastern Bosnia, not far from the River Drina. This first of several Ustasha gangs to be sent from Australia to Yugoslavia was rounded up and its members imprisoned. In 1970 Vladimir Rolović, the Yugoslav Assistant Secretary for Foreign Affairs, visited Canberra to hand over an aide-mémoire giving specific details of Ustasha personnel, organisations and involvement in terrorist actions. The Australian authorities, who had not only tolerated but even trained the Ustasha, took no action except to inform them of Rolović’s information about them. The following year, when Rolović had become his country’s ambassador in Sweden, he was murdered by two young Ustasha who claimed they were taking revenge for his mission to Canberra. The murderers of Rolović were released when the Ustasha hijacked and threatened to blow up a plane. [On the September 15, 1972 hijacking and its consequences, see http://emperors-clothes.com/tour2.htm#1972 – J.I.]
The Ustasha were the first terrorist group to threaten to plant bombs on aircraft, and the Yugoslav national airline, JAT, was the first to institute baggage and body searches. Despite these precautions, in Stockholm in January 1972 Ustasha agents succeeded in planting a bomb on a JAT DC9, which blew up over Czechoslovakia. The sole survivor, a Montenegrin air hostess, fell 33,330 feet without a parachute, to enter the Guinness Book of Records Hall of Fame.10 In 1976 the Ustasha hijacked an aircraft flying from Chicago to Paris, forcing a detour to London to scatter leaflets over the city. A number of Ustasha bomb attacks inside Yugoslavia, in cinemas and at Belgrade railway station, caused people to grumble that the UDBA [Ministry of Interior Security] had become less efficient since [Minister of Interior, a Serb – J.I.] Ranković’s sacking [by Yugoslav President Tito – J.I.]. Moreover those countries in western Europe that had abolished capital punishment refused to extradite terrorists to be executed in Yugoslavia. The UDBA therefore sent death squads to gun down Ustasha in Munich and other centres abroad, leading to diplomatic incidents with the governments concerned.
[Footnote 10, page 416:]
10 Joan Coxsedge, Ken Caldicott and Gerry Harant, Rooted in Secrecy: The Clandestine Element in Australian Politics (Melbourne, 1982), pp. 43–59; Mark Aarons, Sanctuary: Nazi Fugitives in Australia (Melbourne, 1989). Mystery still surrounds the JAT aeroplane disaster. It has been alleged that the aircraft had illegally crossed Czechoslovak territory and was brought down by the Warsaw Pact defences. The Belgrade government did not want to admit that aircraft of the national carrier were vulnerable to sabotage. The Western press and police showed no interest in the affair.
[End quoted text from Tito and the rise and
fall of Yugoslavia]