Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Serbia: Tito's grandson, Josip "Joska" Broz, submits signatures to form new communist party / AKI December 6, 2010
Aleksandra's Note: I can think of a number of things to say about this news. I'll refrain from saying most of it, however there are some points I want to highlight. First, my friend Liz M. brought up a couple of points that merit serious consideration:
Why was this request submitted in Belgrade and not Zagreb or Ljubljana?
... Surveys showed that most people in Serbia believed they lived better under Tito’s communist rule, than under the present democratic government. ...
[One thing for sure, Tito lived very well under ‘Tito’s rule’, i.e. mansions, yachts, limousines, islands, and billions of dollars from the West. After his death, the West demanded payback.]
I can fully appreciate the fact that "surveys showed that most people in Serbia believed they lived better under Tito’s communist rule, than under the present democratic government". There are reasons for that illusion. While Tito was alive, no "separation" nonsense was tolerated. Yugoslavia remained intact. War and sanctions did not brutalize the people or the economy. Citizens could live well internally and travel externally to their heart's content, as long as they remained good "Yugoslavs". He kept the West appeased by representing a "bulwark" in the Balkans against Soviet communism. In other words, he was a "good communist".
These surveys, of course, did not include or count all the people that had left their beloved Serbian homeland precisely because of Tito's communist rule. Nor did these surveys include all of the people that were executed under Tito's communist rule simply because he did not like them.
There is also the statement made by the heir of Broz that "all people, regardless of religion and nationality, were welcome to his party to 'begin a struggle for a better life'."
This single statement alone should send up red flags. "Nationality" and "Religion" have no place in the communist system.
Also, think about the political quality of life in a nation where one man's rule goes "unchallenged" for 35 years, almost half a century.
I know that as an American who does not live in Serbia I have no right to make judgments about what's best for the Serbian people and whom they should choose as their political leaders. I do, however, have an opinion about it:
As long as the legacy of Tito continues to manifest itself in Serbia, Serbia will be doomed.
ultimo aggiornamento: 06 dicembre, 2010
December 6, 2010
Belgrade, 6 Dec. (AKI) - The grandson of the late Yugoslav president Tito, Josip “Joska” Broz, on Monday officially submitted a request for the registration of his own Communist Party.
Broz, 63, submitted 12,000 signatures, 2,000 more than needed, to the Ministry for State Affairs, and said his party will run in the next parliamentary elections scheduled for 2012.
Asked whether he believed he could pass the five per cent census, Broz told Adnkronos International (AKI) he expected to do much better.
“But even five per cent would be a great success, considering that we are a new party,” he said.
Broz, followed by a group of supporters, came to the ministry carrying a banner “When we were comrades, we lived like gentlemen, now we are gentlemen and look how we live”, the banner read, referring to Tito’s time.
Surveys showed that most people in Serbia believed they lived better under Tito’s communist rule, than under present democratic government. But few believed that Broz could play a major role on the changed political scene in Serbia.
Tito ruled Yugoslavia unchallenged for 45 years. [Should read "35"] He died in 1980.
Broz vowed to “restore the dignity to the people and the system values which have been destroyed”. He said all people, regardless of religion and nationality, were welcome to his party to “begin a struggle for better life”.
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