Kama and Tomorrow
ertain historical and political circumstances, could have taught
us that it is much easier to turn a man into a pig, than to turn a pig into a man.
Bozo Jelic, an Ustasha from Siroki Brijeg, was a member of the so-called Devil's Division in World War II, and a Wehrmacht soldier on the Eastern front; he was decorated with an Iron Cross of the first and second order and greeted the German capitulation in action: in the death camp JASENOVAC. Today, this 77-year-old sturdy man is photographed for the Croatian papers: Nacional (03/01/96), in front of a wall on which his war souvenir, a Kama [knife, used for butchering of people], is displayed. A rusty Kama under the picture of Poglavnik (Croatian furer). This Kama looks as if it has been used (maybe in Jasenovac) maybe frequently. A crooked blade of Kama as a political message, was brought to its final conclusion in the paper published and edited by Pavelic's son in law, Srecko Psenicnik (NDH), whose publication has recently begun in Zagreb. Under a photograph of ten or so stiff dead bodies we can see a printed warning:
As far as the message is concerned it doesn't really matter whether their throats had been cut by Bozo Jelic or some other trustworthy Croat.
Nevertheless, if in todays Croatia it is possible to perform the coarsest possible apology of crimes, then we should prepare for the future consequences of those "democratic customs". How can we know whether Bozo Jelic or some other trustworthy Croat, with a trophy Kama in his hand, will submit a protest because of somebody's insufficient patriotism? Will he be hailed as a hero because of that? Since, according to the Kama blade, used "in the name of the people and the state" and, therefore, led by that huge and communal "us", the "real" Croats do not butcher because of vices but because of highest ideals.
Before we turn our noses away from the latest photographic messages and head for the Croatian democratic chaos, it is worth mentioning that Bozo Jelic and Nezavisna Drzava Hrvatska have not appeared out of nowhere in our contemporary reality. They are simply the most vulgar, totally unsophisticated pilgrims of the culture of killing which is today and here cultivated as the state religion (or the religion of the state, whichever you prefer). Its connotations are such that they can always (actually whenever necessary!) turn up like blood on the ground. Because all "ideals" with which a crime has been justified or recommended are in front of us; they are offered accompanied by a beautiful tolling of the bells as the highest virtues of the cult: there is the Croatian people, there is the Croatian state and their ever more numerous enemies.
How are we doing with Poglavnik?
(text changed without permission of author)