Posts Tagged ‘Radovan Karadzic’

Here and there worlds’, unfortunately domestic public too, still follow up on events about Karadzic arrest. As if the trial and its preparations were of no importance, while in fact they are the main thing, the reason for the capture, the reason for Karadzic’s transport to Holland… what is wrong with us?

Opportunism – to in one way or another be part of an event of global importance. An event, I said, not process. That’s the catch. Process is by its nature long, often painful, sometimes boring, gets stuk or obstructed every once in a while – especially processes of trials taking place in the Hague tribunal for war crimes in ex Yugoslavia. So uneasy to follow up, to watch, to be interested, when there is others – media – to filter events from the processes, like outstanding pieces of behaviour of the prosecuted, full of shameless words, insults and challenges (as if Seselj’s or other prosecuted challenges are to be met!). Yes, media work of some kind of filter, for people to choose attractions and avoid processes. That I find stupid, arrogant, superficial – opportunistic. That is the reason people over here are still in denial of their own country’s past! They are just lazy! But, hey, When Seselj starts a hunger strike, everybody gets interested! For it’s a piece of news, trivial event.

These lines I write because for two days I haven’t heard anyone in my surrounding mention another word about Karadzic. And my surrounding is mainly people voting democrats, LDP even more of them… I do not mingle much among the Radicals! Like our responsibility as citizens has ended there. No more to be done. Just the lament of Radicals remain, their threats and curses, sure. But for me, that doesn’t represent any potential of sane politics, just retrograde hardly human reacting. Again, I repeat, I do not intend to report on the news. I want to know what people I live among think, how they act, where their limits are. And this is one of the conclusions I come to: arrest is over, Karadzic in the Hague, end of story for democratic electoral body.

How sad! I live in a monster state. To be a bitch I am already called, I will add in the fact that during over 10 years of my political, peace, feminist activism, I have met more women activists trying to grab personal achievements, then making efforts to influence this scarade society and make it more civic, free, better! I have seen organizations filling in application forms for big Funds to fit into those Funds agendas, and not to meet the needs of our society! So this text applies to almost everyone around me, really to my society. We pull down the curtains when the performance is done. We care not a bit for becoming part of the proccesses, thus for learning more and making a difference. The difference that can only be achieved by participating, not only observing spectacular bits and pieces.

I said it before, we accept new trends set by events. How sick is that? Media can give us a trial proccess on a silver plate, we will ignore it, for it has no attractions, it is boring. So we stand in one place, waiting for foreign investments and better future in EU. While neither authorities, not citizens do the proper job to deserve that future. And guess what? If I speak out, I am kindly ask not to prejudge, to keep quite, because I might irritate others.

I am not meaning to say that we all have to watch every trial, but to be informed on historical facts once for good. To then act in our professional fields, so that those facts enter our reality on all levels. Instead of nurturing young generations born after wars, which have never seen an Albanian, but hate them all.

And I am not afraid of being attacked, I was many times, on many places and occasions. Only my victimization is none of anybody’s business, I in fact do not feel like a victim at all! I do not have a blog in Serbian because it wouldn’t make a difference. this way, I globaly look for people whi think more deeply over certain issues, and i stand better chances to find them. I am still a bad blogger, I know how to go and see pages of certain people who read me, but I still do not know how to put them on myy blog roll:) i am getting more literate, for now I ask Sarah to help me out with that. I believe that different points of stand that each person holds can give interesting interaction. So I blog in a global language:)

This is not a complaint. It is my observation, that does make me angry. This “mind your own business” never defined what my business is! And it has been said long ago that politics is to important to be left to — only (fill in the blank). As it has been said that personal is political. So I bring in nothing new. I only warry, and for a good reason. I say, I haven’t heard Karadzic’s name in two days from any of the citizens I met or talked on the phone to in this country. Curtains are down, until next spectacle, event, party, protest, or other outstanding attractions.

I shell go to my poetry now, and post the photos later.

I was thinking about why my blog is not in Serbian. And I know it. I would only provoke more attacks on me, and still change nothing. So I have my art. A good way to spread a message. Hard as it is, since I keep mainly self-producing, it remains my only chance to make any influence, to make one mind think things over… small steps, I am taking small steps. Just like I did in my active days in Women in Black, before they became a big brand with big, massive projects. Before my 100 deeds became less important then one single failure – like one thing i had no time nor strength to accomplish. Before even the civic sector became, in all its parts, an industry. I felt the idea is getting lost on the way, and stepped away.

what a lonely feeling!


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“The state runs the street events in Serbia these days”, to quote myself from one of the previous posts, concerning Karadzic arrest as second, and Kosova independance as first big political events in Serbia’s political life this year of international importance.

In that same article, I made it clear that Premier Kostunica runs the state in a faithfull way to the heritage of Milosevic regime. I also smuggled in the idea (for those who read between the lines) that the existance of Democratic party of the President Tadic, more creates an illusion of having the opposite political mainstream to Kostunica’s nationalism (which is openly getting closer and closer to the Radical party /Seselj/Nikolic/ ideas), then it really opposes Kostunica. The warm-cold relation of Kostunica and Tadic I named a “media marriage” some years ago, because no matter how much Tadic would represent more liberal and democratic option, by its moderate character, that option was not to far from Kostunica’s, and each time Tadic would oppose Kostunica, some “higher cause” would tie them into a common statement, a common attitude, a coherent stand point of Serbia’s officials in front of the international comunity. Kostunica was the strong one in that game, and Tadic a disapointment to true democrates. Never the less, united they stood too many times over too many issues. And now we have the situation of Tadic being under death threats because of the Karadzic arrest and his inevitable delivery to the Hague Tribunal. Let me remind us: all officials, including Kostunica, were repeatedly claiming to the West that Serbia was doing its best to cooperate with the Tribunal in the Hague and to capture and deliver Serbian wanted war criminals.

So how shall I comprehend the situation in which Tadic is put under severe death threats, and Kostunica is not? Even the blind can see that threats come from the part of the Radicals. Radical party members do not miss a chance to prove it in every public speach or statement they give these days. Why Tadic? Hasn’t he played a decent role in not preventing Kostunica’s retrograde politics ever? Was it all together not working in favour of the will of Kostunica and the Radicals? In fact it was.

There are several possible answers to the main question: Why is Tadic picked to be threatened? One would be that the game is just going on, and we are led to believe that there is some crucial disagreement between Kostunica and Tadic. This answer would offer a safe future to Tadic, in case he himself is aware of it, as part of an open deal or silent understanding, where everybody keeps their roles, and the built up tension makes the fals division into less and more democratic options stronger, or helps the illusion live on. Yet, death threats in Serbia are never to be undermined! Too many political executions or murders have been commited not just in the past, in the 90ies, but also after the democratic changes! The brutal assassination of Premier Djindjic is more then enough to consider each threath seriously.

Now, I cannot resist mentioning that another politician has been not only threatened after the changes, but there have been some attempts to in fact murder him just before the changes! He was the number one for execution after Djindjic, by the same forces and political streams inspiring those forces that commited Djindjic assassination. That politician is Cedomir Jovanovic. In times of the attempt to murder him, the public issue became not the safety of his and his family’s lives, but “how did he get that expensive jeep that was blown up with a bomb?” So, instead of investigating on who tried to kill him, authorities and police instructed citizens to mind Jovanovic’s economic standard! Ofcourse, Jovanovic had no media access nor opportunity at that time to say “hey, let’s talk about the danger I am exposed to and see who is trying to kill me”, not to speak about his lack of possibility to tell to public that he had very fiew belongings, and that for safety reasons he was driving borowed cars, changing them regularely as well as places of his residence, all offered by his friends or other Democratic party members (he was in Djinjinn’s party then), just to protect his family’s lives and his own! After the democratic changes, the preasure on him never stopped, yet never became a public concern, although he was in Djindjic’s government and threatened openly as the next one for execution! Jovanovic still doesn’t have the permanent residence, since threats never stopped. So he and his family move around from one house to an other all the time through out the years, to stay alive, which never became public concern! He left the Democratic Party and formed Liberal Democratic Party, still small, yet atracking most progressiv civic, liberal, democratic and socialdemocratic oriented prominent political names and leaders, as well as educated young generation left oriented and willing to start the process of dealing with the past/war crimes and dealing with organized crime in Serbia.

Why is the years long death treath or a campaign for murdering Cedomir Jovanovic atracting less publicity then these days threats to Tadic? Again, threats to Tadic may be another game instructed by Kostunica, with the same purpose to prove that there is an opponent to him and to the right wing (formal or informal) coalition, and that that opponent is strong and supported with a lot of voters. The question that remains is: how much Tadic himself is taking knowledge in this game of Kostunica? Does he really feel threatened, or is he aware that this campaign is reestablishing old false division, the invented dilema Democratic party or Democratic pary of Serbia? If there was a straight answer to that, we would know already the outcome. In any way, we would know weather the “media marriage” is still on, or divorced.

But that I cannot tell just yet. I repeat, threats with political assassinations are not a joke in Serbia. My opinion is, though, that these intensive threats are designed to strengthen the myth of deep differences among the two democratic parties (or so called democratic), after all.

I do not end here. I think I find Kostunica’s logics transparent by now. Even by purposly using the occasion to once again promote the Democratic party as his opponent, and even if the Democrates are aware of it and wellcome it for the sake of their own image of softer political option (which it is only declaratevly, in result, let’s face it!), and even though this partnership suits both sides, in this once upon a time “Cohabitation” as Tadic named it, I keep wondering: how far will Kostunica let it go this time? I wouldn’t be surprised if Kostunica sacrifyes his paravan and lets Tadic hit the bullet! This prognozes is the darkest of all, but provides Kostunica with the main and only position among the big parties (or both) that carriy the name Democratic, wich in itself may easily include the sudden distance to the hard core right wing Radicals, (why not make new coalitions with the minor parties that he can easily swollow), and thus insures himself the main negotiating position wanted and recognized by the West. Shortly, he would become what Milosevic was in his glory times: the guarantee of stability in the region! This may not be a short time intention, but a long, slow, sly plan. Well announced, too, providing time to hide facts and traces – even I in this text of assumption haven’t named any, I was just following the logics of Kostunica that I know! What a future?

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The user friendly software was not so friendly to me, the most recent bloger/subjective view, while in fact my ignorance pushed me, the user, into hostile attitude to the friendly software/. Now I can only announce that in some hours, I will post more on Karadzic spirit floating above Belgrade. At least the previous post now looks the way I actualy made it:) If I see comments on this one short post, I, the self-tougth user, will get to all of you, born with preknowledge of technology’s rich and generous offers yet to be developed!

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As the news broke out, the sky started falling, dropping all its tears for Karadzic! All night it was heavily raining, on and on. Yet happily, I made my first morning steps. And raining it was still!

exploring my neighourhood, step by step, the first very different morning...

exploring my neighourhood, step by step, the first very different morning...

The idea of Karadzic enjoying his time in my city quarter, Vracar, was giving me creeps all night, wouldn’t let me sleep: the monster was just by my side, in a way, doesn’t even metter for how long! And I, his enemy, who have made large efforts to denounce him to local nationalists, to moderate democrats, and to the world, as my obligation by simply being a Serbian citizen, I who have been publicly requesting Karadzic’s capture and delivery to the Hague, I still cannot celebrate. Yes, I shead a tear of joy on the big news. Yes, a little bit of justice has just taken place by the arrest. Yes, I think of a piece of relief most probably felt by Karadzic’s victims, and some I met in person, and I share their feeling. Yet, celebrate – I cannot! For, what has changed in the minds of my neighbours, of my parents, of most Serbian citizens, same ones I named just some lines above? I would say, by protests all around town, and outside the Special court (again the place I put trust in, again place I am familiar with), nothing changed in their minds! They are just furious, feeling betrayed! Even the symbolic immage is on their side:

the internet cafee that I use is on the edge of my neighbouhood, it has huge windows and a view on one of main squares in Belgrade, Slavija

the internet cafee that I use is on the edge of my neighbouhood, it has huge windows and a view on one of main squares in Belgrade, Slavija

Rain, like tears… Oh, my!

Reality puts Karadzic in prison. I hope he ends as soon as possible in the Hague Tribunal, where he should have gotten long, long ago. So this morning is different. In times when I lost all hope that globalization of justice is possible, and that it will take place – most wanted war criminal got arrested. And he will be prosecuted. And will get convicted. I cannot imagine any different destiny for him, after all. So global justice I fight for is happining, way too slow in my opinion, yet happening. It will be written in history of the World. That is one important step. For way too long, Karadzic and other war criminals were not even wanted, but included in international negotiations. Mainstream broke under efforts of Bosnian women, asking for the truth on the streets of the cities where they refuged! So the international community had to move its ass on the issue. But hardly any official Serbian asses moved on it, unfortunately, ever! And mainly due to the Premier of Serbia, Vojislav Kostunica, who faithfully followed Milosevic’s politics, while at the same time building the image of a moderate democrat, honorable individual, and a good christian always in company of Serbian ortodox church priests. Serbian ortodox church is, at the first place, a strong nationalist political state sponsored body – all this due to the efforts of Kostunica’s government that provided the Church with the law that ignores and breaks the Constitution guaranteed secular character of our state! (President Tadic of Democratic party gave his Amen to it, too, by veryfying it more then 2 years ago).

St. Sava temple at the back, mainly constructed during the 90ies - years of wars and sanctions - still getting fully made up during all years of this century, swollowed up a fortune while hungry, degraded people (most of whom old and in pension) were commiting suicides as preferance to starvation! The temple is in the core of Vracar, where i live and Karadzic rested for some time.

St. Sava temple at the back, mainly constructed during the 90ies - years of wars and sanctions - still getting fully made up during all years of this century, swollowed up a fortune while hungry, degraded people (most of whom old and in pension) were commiting suicides as preferance to starvation! The temple is in the core of Vracar, where i live and Karadzic rested for some time.

So no metter what Serbia officials say, how proud they may claim to be about this arrest, something smells bad: AND I DO NOT TRUST THEM!

Instead, I want all their political and personal interests revealed. I want Serbian war criminals named as such in history school books in Serbia. I want this arrest to start the oppen discussion in my country on the fact that all war crimes are to be punished, and that our business is to deal with the ones who commited war crimes in our name. And not relativize it by jumping straight away to any example of any other part, regionally or worldwide! (This kind of sharade is the first refuge to the selfproclaimed patriots.)

the sky can change above us

the sky can change above us!

The sky may be crying not for Karadzic, but for all the brains that will not move forward on this occasion, or any other! I rushed to use and exploit the metaphor, before big Serbian poets, members of Serbian Academy of Science and Art, do it! A cheep metaphor, I have to say!

St. Matrco church, detailed shot in dawn/of a new age, I hope!

St. Matrco church, detailed shot in dawn/of a new age, I hope!

And I work for the day when Church will not necessarily be above the ones who chose for something else, like civic society, when irony will not play with us but we with it, when common good will be above individual priviledges, when rains will fall and sun will shine in my country as it is facing the past, present and future; when one Karadzic will not be multiplied in heads of my neighbours (one of him arround was enough!) and bells of St. Sava temple will stop threatening my small attick from being knocked down by their noise, performed way too often (every full hour) for way too long (10 loud scary minutes every noon + reverberation, which brings in something of a horror movie).

Go, Karadzic, go away from Vracar. Take your sins and dirty mind, along with your bloody hands, to prison. And live not as a myth, hero nor idea, for you have never been it. All you’ ve been is seen through. Your substance has monstrouse taste. Keep it to only yourself. Some of us will see to that, because future obligates.

Photos by Jelena Markovic, on the day/night of arrest, and today, 21st-22nd July 2008

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