From: Piotr Bein
Date: January 11, 2008
Mr. Milorad Buha
The Government-in-exile of the Republic of Serbian Krayina
by email [email protected] com
January 11, 2008
Mr. Gusenbauer’s statement re Kosovo and Metohia is not surprising. Poland also experiences growing negative revisionism and threats to her integrity from some German politicians. They, too, have forgotten the history, while the German nation have not yet compensated Poles (and other minorities of pre-WW2 Poland) for:
– human and material losses inflicted in WW2;
– persecutions and murders of ethnic Poles in Germany prior to WW2,
– pushing Poles into Communism from which they had been fending off Europe since the Bolshevik times.
The bill is so huge that generations of Germans would have to repay it. Alternatively, Germany would have to give Poles much of real estate west of the Odra River where Slavs have resided centuries ago, before being pushed eastwards. Is this why Germans are nervous about giving basic rights to Poles in Germany, while demanding autonomy for ethnic Germans around and in the city of Opole in Silesia? The demands come even though the group already has own press, schools, and MPs.
Poles in Germany could procreate at high rates, as do Albanians in Kosovo; Germany would face a dilemma of Polish enclaves seceding, following the Kosovo model. One is often afraid of a threat from the “other” that one himself is planning to do. The opening of internal EU borders was accompanied by neo-Nazi talk on main German TV, at prime time, about the return of Polish cities of Gdansk and Wroclaw to Germany. The same neo-Nazis had denied Holocaust (a crime in Germany) during a visit in Iran. The German government claims it has secret agents among the extremists, but it has neither curtailed the activities nor prosecuted for the denial, and allowed the airing of the neo-Nazis just before a visit by Poland’s prime minister in Germany. Poles are told that it is a marginal phenomenon.
Erica Steinbach’s advocacy for German expelees at the end of WW2, once tolerated as an “insignificant phenomenon”, today surfaces in discussions about a facility in the Polish city of Gdansk, to commemorate the expelees. Steinbach is no longer a “nut” but a respected politicians. Meantime, more and more German claims to properties in Poland arrive at the European tribunal for human rights, while millions of Poland’s victims remain unaccounted for, and WW2 reparations to Poland have amounted to the proverbial Pfennig.
German irredentism, at present increasingly bold only in the Opole area, could pick up when the WW2 German expelees return. Austria’s support for Kosovo secession plays into German hands well beyond the Balkans. An official German expansionist concept that revives old Mittel Europa ideas, sees the Germans as “settlers and bearers of culture outside the present German-speaking areas”. By eliminating national boundaries in EU, Germany can revert to the power of ethnic Germans. [www.german-foreign-policy.com/de/fulltext/56679 ]
Austria has a stake in German expansionism, in areas historically under the Austro-Hungarian Empire. To recall joint German-Austrian “Drang nach Osten”, I quote Paul de Lagarde: Deutsche Schriften, 1886:
“Austria has to have one ruling race, and in Austria only the Germans can rule. It may be possible to separate not excessive autonomous territories for the interested nationalities of the Czechs, Hungarians, Slovenes [and] Slovaks, but the large territory that does not become Czech, Hungarian, Slovene and Slovak, but remains Austrian Crown Land, is to be German. This territory is to be settled by emigrants from the German Empire. A single parliament for both halves of Central Europe, sitting in Prague, with representatives from both Empires, will serve for all matters common to both halves.”
We have a saying in Poland: “Stara milosc nie rdzewieje” (An old love rusts not). Indeed, centuries of bloody history don’t teach some people anything.
I better stop now, or someone will allege Pan-Slavism if not Greater Serbianism.
Hristos Se Rodi
Srecna Nova Godina
independent researcher, Canada and Poland
THE REPUBLIC OF THE SERBIAN KRAJINA
GOVERNMENT IN EXILE
11.080 Zemun, Magistarski Trg 3.
Tel/fax 3077-028, [email protected] com
No. 519/08 â January 8th 2008.
Mr. Alfred Gusenbauer
Chancellor of the Republic of Austria
(Embassy of Austria , Belgrade )
Your New Year statement that the Republic of Austria will be among the first countries to recognize the forceful secession of a part of the territory of the sovereign Republic of Serbia â Kosovo & Metohia, resounds painfully in the hearts of all Serbs. You have stated that your Government will give support to the secessionist Shiptar authorities in Kosovo & Metohia, but you have not mentioned the fact that doing this you have intimated the bringing into effect the 1941 decision of your compatriot â Adolph Hitler. I must remind you of the fact that the chancellor of the Nazi Germany, during the occupation of Serbia in 1941, seized Kosovo & Metohia and established the authorities of the Shiptar minority there, with the intention to give away this holy Serbian land as a present to the neighboring Albania .
It is very strange, Mr. Gusenbauer, that you have forgotten that Austria is obliged to prevent any aspect of the Nazi policies and ideas within the Republic of Austria, in the same way as it is the obligation of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany. With the intention of the Government of the Republic of Austria to recognize the raping of the territory of the Republic of Serbia, all norms of the Peace Agreement signed after the victory of the Allies over the Nazi and fascist countries in the World War II are violated, for you bring into effect one of the most inhuman decisions made by Adolph Hitler in 1941. As a result of that decision the German Army, together with the Shiptar paramilitary forces, expelled hundreds of thousands Serbs from Kosovo & Metohia. The same thing was repeated by the NATO forces in 1999 â again together with the Shiptar paramilitary forces.
I have to remind you of one more incomprehensible view of Austria regarding the Serbian people, the view which compromises your country causing a historical (everlasting) harm. I have in mind the fact that Austria supported the Government of the Republic of Croatia to expel 80 per cent of the Serbs from the Republic of the Serbian Krajina (UNPAs) and from Croatian towns in the 1990-1995 period. Since European countries did not want to establish precisely the proportions of this crime, the Government of the Republic of Serbian Krayina estimates that between 500 and 800 thousand of the Serbs were expelled by the Croatian Army to Serbia and other countries. Your government gave absolute support to Croatia and helped it either to destroy or to appropriate all the properties of the expelled Serbs. Today the expelled Serbs cannot get back their properties in the Republic of the Serbian Krayina and in the Republic of Croatia , for these properties are disposed of by the Croatian authorities â ignoring the holy rule of inviolability of the private properties (the rule which is an achievement of the European civilization). This rule, as you should know, was for the first time violated by your compatriot Adolph Hitler, who dispossessed the Jews of all their properties in the Nazi Germany, having made up his mind to biologically exterminate the Jews. As you certainly know, the same measure was put into use by Hitlerâs puppet Independent State of Croatia in the 1941-1945 period, establishing death camps for the Serbs, Jews, and Roma.
When I said that such policy of your Government would cause historical harm to Austria , I had in mind the fact regarding the position and role of the Serbs in the Austrian Empire from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. I will remind you of the fact that in the multinational Austrian Empire the Serbian people was the only one with its own authorities: local administration, courts, and military organization. All these things were specified by the Serbian Constitution of 1630, which was signed by Ferdinand II. In that time the Serbs were called Illyrians or Vlachs by the Austrians, and this is why that Constitution was known as Statuta Valachorum. You probably know that in that time the Serbs had their autonomy in the Military Krayina, that they did not pay taxes and that they themselves organized and financed the Krayina Army, which defended the Austrian borders in the East against the Turks, and in the West â against France and the German states.
If the Serbs played such an important role in the history of your country (the role which has not been properly explored in history, law, international policy and in other social sciences), then your statesmanlike duty is to evaluate the developments in the Serbian lands in a wise manner, and to make your decisions in the spirit of the UN Charter on the Rights of Man, as well as in the spirit of other documents of the international law and the interests of your country â both the actual and the historic ones.
Among other things, Mr. Gusenbauer, you should know that successor states of the Nazi and fascist countries: Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of Austria, the Republic of Italy, the Republic of Albania, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Bulgaria, the Republic of Croatia, and the Moslem-Croatian Federation within Bosnia and Herzegovina have not made amends for the war damages and for the above mentioned persecution and murder of over one million Serbs, and tens of thousands of the Roma and Jews in Yugoslavia during the World War II.
The Government of the
Republic of the SR of Krayina
Milorad Buha, Prime Minister
Also sent to:
– The Embassy of the Russian Federation
– The USA Embassy
– The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
– The UK Embassy
– The Embassy of France
– The Embassy of the Peopleâs Republic of Chine