Pravaštvo and Its Inevitability
by Tomas Sablić Bastable
Tomas Sablić Bastable explores the ideological shifts and historical events that have shaped Croatia’s national identity and political discourse, from the formation of the Croatian Democratic Union to the controversial narratives surrounding figures like Franjo Tuđman and Ante Paradžik.
I would like to start this article with an excerpt from famous Bosnian poet Savfet-beg Bašagić from his poem “Čarobna Kćer”: “Since the whisper of the Croatian tongue can grow, it can tie East and West, poem and mind.”
The party that rules Croatia today is known as the Croatian Democratic Union, or HDZ in Croatian. The HDZ was founded by Franjo Tuđman, who was a Yugoslav general and known as “Tito’s youngest general.” After 1989, all of the former Yugoslav communist officials suddenly became great Croatian nationalists and joined HDZ. The people that were persecuting the Croatian nation became leaders of the newly established HDZ. What exactly do we mean when we say the persecutors of Croats? The Croatian diaspora was built from the tears of Bleiburg. What makes Bleiburg different from most communists’ revenge campaigns, like Barba Pit, is that it was not only directed at Croatian military officials but at unarmed women and children who were massacred in the fields of Bleiburg because they refused to partake in the cultural genocide of their nation and continued calling themselves Croats rather than join an artificial Yugoslav identity.
The greatest form of cultural genocide was what resulted in the Croatian Spring, a movement in response to attacks on the Croatian language. The oldest evidence of Croatian is found in Glagolitic texts dating from the 11th century, the Baška tablet, Glagolitica Clozianus, Vienna Folia and, between 1380 and 1400, a Vatican Croatian prayer book. One of the activists imprisoned during the Croatian Spring was Ante Paradžik, a great Croatian martyr we will talk about later in the article. In Europe, there is a trend for promising right-wing politicians to be compromised once they take power or gain momentum; in Croatia it was the opposite as all the former communists, who committed genocide in Bleiburg and cultural genocide during the Croatian Spring, became Croatian nationalists in the HDZ.
In a famous speech by Ante Paradžik, he says, “Whoever was a greater communist… got a ministerial position.” Both in the HDZ and the general government. He said this during a speech for the Croatian Party of Rights and shortly after was shot and killed by the Croatian police, which they claim to this day was an accident. In Croatian history, the Croatian police have not shot one person by accident other than Ante Paradžik, a Croatian dissident, political prisoner, opponent to Tuđman’s HDZ and founder of the Croatian Party of Rights.
We must now talk about the Croatian Party of Rights, which was founded by Dobroslav Paraga and Ante Paradžik. The Croatian Party of Rights adheres to the Croatian political system known as Pravaštvo, which I would describe as the holy path that every Croat must strive to follow as it contains the spirit of all Croatian kings, revolutionary leaders, knights and martyrs. Pravaštvo is not some petty nationalist ideology but rather an ideology that seeks to unite based on lineage and blood rather than on sectarian lines. Today’s Balkans are rooted in religious identity — Bosniaks are Muslim and Croats are Catholic. Pravaštvo wants to obliterate these lines as they are modern inventions of division. In 1900, the archbishop of Vrhbosnia, Josip Stadler, tried to identify the Croatian nationality with Catholicism; however, the historical names of many officials in the Ottoman Empire at Porta reveal their origin. Despite their Muslim faith, they remained Hirwati, Hrvati or Horvati, which is a Croatian term for Croats: Mahmut-pasha Hirwat, Rusten-pasha Hrvat, Pijali-pasha Hrvat (or Piyale pasha), Sijavus-pasha Hrvat, etc.
Despite the Yugoslav attempts to culturally genocide Croatian identity among Croats and Muslims, it was preserved in the diaspora, where Asaf Duraković helped found the Croatian Islamic Centre in Etobicoke, Toronto, the construction of which was finished on June 23, 1973. Its mosque is the oldest in Toronto. The minaret is Ottoman-style and is the oldest minaret in Ontario. Today it is called the Bosnian Islamic Centre.
Marko Francišković writes that Franjo Tuđman was one of the most promising generals of the JNA (Yugoslav People’s Army). He completed his schooling at Harvard, where he was recruited by Kissinger, Huntington, Brzezinski and other members of that most powerful Zionist-intellectual and militaristic fraternity. When the right time came, Dr. Tuđman thanked his mentors for the presidential position that was assigned to him by them. We must note that in the midst of the fiercest conflicts between the AbiH (Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina) and the HV (Croatian Army) — HVO (Croatian Defence Council, the army of Bosnian Croats), known as the Bosnian-Croat War, foreign mujahideen mercenaries were arriving in Bosnia and Herzegovina precisely from the territory of the Republic of Croatia via the Croatian Republic of Herceg-Bosna.
Tuđman’s henchmen eliminated those famous Croats who, without fear, both in word and deed, selflessly advocated unity with Bosnian Muslims until the end. Those killed were Croatian Party of Rights Vice President and HOS (Croatian Defence Forces) Chief of Staff Ante Paradžik, by the Croatian police, and legendary HOS BiH (Croatian Defence Forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina) colonel Blaž Kraljević who was killed by HVO commander Mladen Naletilić’s men. They are remembered as the most combative, authoritative and respectable bearers of the idea of unity between Bosnian Muslims and Croats and the Republic of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
It is a known fact that Bosnian Muslims did not feel any repulsion towards the armed formations of the HVO and HOS, enlisting equally en masse in both mentioned units. Their representation, expressed in percentages, was as much as 30% of the armed personnel in HVO and HOS, respectively. Why would they feel repulsion to the Croatian army? They are our brothers by blood; they share the same lineage. This was until Dr. Franjo Tuđman, followed by his Zionist-backed traitors of the Croatian nation, entered into an armed conflict against the AbiH. He started a war that he could never win, a war that sowed hatred and intolerance between two brotherly peoples, a war which was a laboratory experiment for what would later happen in Afghanistan, Iraq, North Africa and the rest of the Middle East.
In 1992, around two hundred thousand people attended a Croatian Party of Rights rally in the city of Split. It is considered one of the greatest political rallies in Croatian history. In Zagreb in the same year, the number was fifty thousand. The question we must ask now is how the Croatian Party of Rights could possibly get 5% in the Croatian elections that year despite organizing the greatest political rallies in Croatian history. In the CIA’s World Factbook, it is written that the Croatian Party of Rights was the only opposition to Tuđman’s HDZ. At the time, the leader of the Croatian Party of Rights was Dobroslav Paraga, who was first imprisoned by Tuđman on the false accusation that he was trying to overthrow the government, and then went on to suffer from the most vicious attacks from the government, and then two of his closest colleagues were assassinated. In 1993, Paraga was illegally ousted from the party he founded and was replaced by Anto Dapić. The courts obviously sided with Dapić and forced Dobroslav Paraga, the man who was once in communist prisons and was the most popular candidate in Croatia, ousted and replaced with Anto Dapić, a HDZ ally whose decisions would give the party zero seats in parliament.
Dobroslav Paraga was subsequently forced into private life, not one media appearance, completely ignored as if he had never spoken in front of 200,000 people in Split during the summer of 1992, as if he had never been chief of the Croatian Defence Forces (HOS). It was only a miracle that Globus asked him for an interview where he detailed that when he was in Vancouver, my city, in 1990, the Croatian Party of Rights got 200 members in one night. I must ask you all again how the Croatian Party of Rights could have lost the elections in 1992. Something very interesting happened in November 2023, when Paraga finally came back out in the public for the Interliber1. His presence alone drew more people than the other Interliber speakers, obviously for a good reason. The room listened closely and attentively to what Paraga had to say and what he had to say truly is the greatest explanation to modern Croatia.
“I created HOS and I am its commander-in-chief, and today it is known by some who had nothing to do with it. And I am nowhere. They are lying to you. You live in a land of lies. Wake up — you have been sleeping for a long time — and change this criminal government.” The so-called Croatian Party of Rights, under illegal rule, tried to label Paraga as a crazy man who was still reeling from the fact that he was kicked out of the presidency. However, at Interliber the mask slipped; the leader of the Croatian Party of Rights in Zagreb took a picture with Dobroslav Paraga and posted it on Facebook, saying that he is “a man who could have given so much more to Croatian politics… His active political time has irretrievably passed… Unfortunately for Croatian Democracy and Pravaštvo.” The leader of the Croatian Party of Rights recognizes his former founder and his mask of obliviousness comes off suddenly. We heard the call of Paraga and the Croatian nation will awaken again; it is inevitable.
Now I must talk about the new generation of HSP 1861 (Nova Generacija HSP 1861) and the Croatian-Bosniak Brotherhood (Hrvatsko-Bošnjačko Bratstvo). Both are two organizations I am affiliated with and two organizations all Europeans should look towards. Not one grey hair founded these groups or is in these groups, but rather they are a product of the spirit of Croatian youth that has always shown itself across history. The Nova Generacija HSP 1861 does not disseminate catchphrases as the fake European nationalists do but rather writings that will help unite two brotherly nations, destroy the sectarianism of the Islamists and the clerical Catholics, and restore democracy in Croatia and rid it of its corrupt government.
After all, the greatest opponents to the reunification of Croatia and Bosnia are Catholic clericalists who see Bosniaks as Poturice (which is a slur for Muslims and means “Turkified”) and Islamist Bosnians who view Catholics as kuffar. They say the same things: “A Bosniak can only be Muslim or a Croat can only be a Catholic.” Those who cause division among us are one and the same.
Certain Croats label all Bosniaks as bloodthirsty mujahideen even though they come to Bosnia through the borders of the Republic of Croatia, just as certain Bosniaks may complain about the crimes in Ahmići despite the fact that those who perpetrated it had fresh blood on their hands from Blaž Kraljević and Ante Paradžik. The age of lies is almost over; I can feel a coming change in Croatia and the rest of Europe.
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