15 October 2011

US Embassy: "Dodik as Croat Hero"

A section from a US Sarajevo embassy wire dated February 12th, 2010 published by Wikileaks states:
"Many Croats -- particularly the overwhelming majority who support a third entity, and including those who do not oppose Tihic as strongly as HDZ-BiH does -- have a great admiration for Dodik, some even regarding him as a 'hero,' because of his defiance of the international community and his disdain for the 'imposition' of the BiH state. Many Croats wish their own leaders would be as outspoken and carry as much bravado as Dodik. The Croats also appreciate Dodik's public expressions of support for a third entity, despite his insistence that the territory for such an entity come exclusively from the Federation."
The passage is instructive because it shows US sponsorship of "multi-ethnic" SDP, right up to using OHR to neuter Central Election Commission that had rightfully ruled SDP's entity government extralegal, is built around something the Empire knows perfectly well is a lie. US officials are perfectly aware their favorite political party in Bosnia can not speak for Croats of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

As the wire states, Bosnian-Herzegovinan Croats overwhelmingly support a third entity, a policy goal of HDZ BiH, which is the exact opposite of a unitary BiH — the policy goal of SDP. If Croats have an objection against their political leaders it is that they are too timid to stand against the foreigners pushing for centralization as boldly as Dodik does.

Foreigners stood behind the coalition gathered by SDP as it filled the nationality quota that sets aside government posts for Croats with its appointees, feigning bewilderment when HDZ BiH insisted SDP and the parties around it can not possibly represent Bosnian-Herzegovian Croats, who after all, overwhelmingly did not vote for them. The bit in this cable shows it is not the case Americans do not know they are supporting effective disenfranchisement of Dodik-appreciating Croats, they do — that's the point.


  1. If Croats and Serbs could put their differences aside, they would be in the majority in Bosnia. Imagine a nationwide referendum on breaking up Bosnia into 3 states. It would happen and who could stop it? Serbs would vote to be independant or join Serbia. Croats would do the same and join Croatia.Muslims would be the masters of the lands in which they live and that would be that. The U.S. in particular mistakenly runs into foreign disputes head first,and imposes what they think is a "fair solution" and when it doesn't work they use money, threats, arm twisting to get their way and save face. All in the name of justice, peace, human rights, blah, blah, blah! Self determination is a phrase they love to throw around but not everyone gets to enjoy it!

  2. The situation is indeed such that Croats and Serbs make natural allies. If they both simply work for their own interest and own rights they must end up working towards much the same end whether they actually coordinate or not. More than any Croat-Serb sticking point I think the problem so far has been that particularly the leaders of BiH Croats were not terribly serious about fighting for their people for fear of negative repercussions for themselves. After all nobody in Bosnia really goes into politics to do something for their constituents, but to lead a comfortable life — and the High Representative can put an end to that quickly. Subsequentially Croat politicians limited their room of manoeuvre, daring only to put forth proposals (federalization) that were at least partially aligned with the ambition of the outsiders (like dismantling RS) and that therefore alienated the Serbs, while not being that great for the Croats either. But as the outsiders' power declined HDZ grew a little bolder, coming up with a proposal (third entity) that considers the interests of the Croats first, the objectives of the outsiders be damned — and what do you know, SNSD discovered it has very little reason to oppose it as it conflicts with Serb interests only minimally.

    If Croats and Serbs in Bosnia both put themselves first there are few sticking points between them, for the most part conflict arises only to the extent either of them seeks to accommodate the foreigners.

  3. I think a big problem with the third entity is that, while the Bosnian Croats mainly support it, they are probably very divided about what form it could take.