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Peter Maass @maassp
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Alas, at their World Cup celebration in Zagreb, the players of Croatia invited a far-right singer onto the stage, Marko Perkovic, who is nicknamed after the machine gun (Thompson) he used in the Balkan wars.…
Perkovic is regarded as a supporter of Croatia's fascist World War II regime, the Ustase. At his concerts, Ustase slogans are shouted out. A few years ago, he sang at a concert to support Croat generals convicted of war crimes in Bosnia.…
During the World Cup, I tweeted that while Croatia itself should not be portrayed as a plucky fairy tale, its players, most of whom weren't alive during the Balkan wars, should not be held responsible for what happened back then. I spoke too soon.
Luka Modric, the captain of the Croatian team, was a refugee during the war between Croatia and Serbia; his grandfather was killed, his father was in the Croatian Army. Modric invited Thompson onto the team bus. Here they are on the stage together.…
Sons are not guilty for the sins of their fathers. But when Modric celebrates arm-in-arm with a singer who glorifies war crimes of the past, he steps over a line. Modric is a reminder of how much Croatia has to acknowledge. He should read up on Jasenovac.…
Modric might also read up on the war crimes convictions of Croat generals who were found guilty of "orchestrating a campaign of terror and atrocities to drive Bosnian Muslims away and to seize their territory."…
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