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FTR #48 Germany, Croatia and the U.S.

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This pro­gram doc­u­ments the piv­otal sup­port that Ger­many and the Unit­ed States gave to Croa­t­ia dur­ing the Balkan War. Vir­tu­al­ly a reca­pit­u­la­tion of the Ustachi regime (allied with Ger­many dur­ing World War II), “inde­pen­dent” Croa­t­ia received arms, mil­i­tary train­ing, diplo­mat­ic sup­port and mer­ce­nary sup­port from both Ger­many and the Unit­ed States. That sup­port proved deci­sive in Croa­t­i­aâs war with the Serbs. The broad­cast doc­u­ments the extreme­ly close rela­tion­ship between Ger­many, Croa­t­ia and the Ustachi ele­ments that returned to pow­er, once Croa­t­ia seced­ed from the Yugoslav Fed­er­a­tion. The seg­ments high­light the sup­port that emi­gre Ustachi ele­ments received from both Ger­many and the Unit­ed States. One of the major points of dis­cus­sion con­cerns the impor­ta­tion of Ustachi into the Unit­ed States for polit­i­cal pur­pos­es. The Ustachi were brought into the Unit­ed States under the aus­pices of the Cru­sade For Free­dom, an ille­gal domes­tic intel­li­gence oper­a­tion. The CFF import­ed Cen­tral and East­ern Euro­pean fas­cists and Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tors (many of them war crim­i­nals who had par­tic­i­pat­ed in Hitler’s liq­ui­da­tion of the Jews.) The brain­child of Allen Dulles (who became head of the CIA), the Cru­sade For Free­dom was man­aged for Dulles by Richard Nixon. The chief spokesman for the pro­gram was Ronald Rea­gan. The State Depart­ment machi­na­tions that allowed the fas­cists to enter the coun­try were arranged by William Casey (Rea­gan’s 1980 cam­paign man­ag­er and direc­tor of the CIA from 1981 until his death in 1986.) In time, the Ustachi and their fel­low Nazi col­lab­o­ra­tors evolved into a vital­ly impor­tant ele­ment of the Repub­li­can par­ty. (Record­ed in the fall of 1995.)