Vidovdan 1989 – 2015

Milosevic and his likeminded are here, among us, sometimes even inside us. Every time a Dodik menace the secession from Bosnia, a Macedonian insults Albanians, an Albanian dreams about Great Albania, a Serb deny Srebrenica, a Muslim want an Islamic state in Bosnia…every time the demons and evils of Milosevic, as a symbol, are alive.
This day, 26 years ago, a man was at the apex of his popularity among Serbs of Yugoslavia. This man started his strategy in 1987. At that time nobody in Yugoslavia started to exploit nationalism as he did. Not in Croatia, not in Bosnia or in Kosovo. There was not a Croat Milosevic in 1987-1989, nor a Muslim one. Not even an Albanian one, because Vllasi was not like that. When in 1990, after the first elections in SFRJ appearead the various Tudjman, Izetbegovic etc., the crazy folly was already in motion, they reacted to the Serbian nationalist hysteria with pleasure. But they had the second move, not the first one, because before 1990 they were just illigal dissidents of the regime. Milosevic was not, he was the power, he was a full member of the regime. We can ask “what if” the Berlin wall did not fall ecc., “what if” Yugoslavia had not been recognized as a state in dissolution by Europe, “what if” Germany did not reconize (with Vatican) Slovenia and Croatia. While there can’t be any answer to those questions, there is one answer to “whom to blame” for the chaos of the 90s in former YU. While he is not the only responsible for everything, he is politically responsible for being the initiatior of the conflict/antagonistic way of conducing politics. The very same fact that in 2015 there are people with his own mentality, that support him or his policies and ideas, not just in Serbia, but in every part of former Yugoslavia (there are Croats/Bosnians/Albanians with his same mentality) and, I would say, of the world, Italy included of course.
This mentality is just to blame the others for his/her own fault. To deny his/her own fault. To avoid any minimal change. To use the categories of nationalities/imagined communities to mix and putting on the same level honest citizens and criminals (the Serbs, the Croats, the Italians).
After 26 years I think that we did not learn nothing. Dayton is still there, more as a problem than as a solution today. Macedonia is experiencing a deep political fracture. Kosovo is still quarreling with Belgrade. And just look at Greece.
Milosevic and his likeminded are here, among us, sometimes even inside us. Every time a Dodik menace the secession from Bosnia, a Macedonian insult Albanians, an Albanian dreams about Great Albania, a Serb deny Srebrenica, a Muslim want an Islamic state in Bosnia…every time the demons and evils of Milosevic, as a symbol, are alive.

Christian Costamagna

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One thought on “Vidovdan 1989 – 2015

  1. There are many people all over the Balkans whose views on the region and its problems are in the spirit of 1915 rather than 2015. So it seems that after 100 years nothing was learned, what remains of just 26…Yugoslavia is just a more recent and vivid example..revisionists and irredentists can be found equally among Greeks, Bulgarians, Turks, Romanians..The educational systems persistently reinforce national mythology whose core was created circa 1900 and act as a perpeto mobile for Balkanisation

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