A blog on Bosnia, the Balkans, and other random thoughts.
"Koštunica stated that the rebels were not endangering security in the country in any way, and compared their ‘uprising’ with a strike by doctors.""Koštunica told the Belgrade weekly Vreme: ‘if men from the Red Berets are involved in Zoran Đinđić’s murder, then it is the government which should be blamed for it, because they are its officials.’ It follows from this logic that Đinđić himself was responsible for his own death."The man could have a future in stand-up.
I would have to agree with Owen's opinion. You can compare Kostunica's logic with Serb claims that Bosnians in Sasrajevo "bombed themselves".
PS: Guys, if you haven't already known, there is one more interesting blog:http://mihalisk.blogspot.com/By human rights activist Michael Karadjis.Also, 14 hours of video interview with key "actors" in destruction of communist Yugoslavia:http://www.domovina.net/svjedoci/index.html (must have high speed connection)
Thanks for the links. I haven't watched it; but I'm wondering if the Domovina.net one, is from the BBC's The Death of Yugoslavia documentary? It was produced around 1996, and interviews, all of the key characters involved. Owen, thanks for pointing that quote, and strange piece of logic out.
(meaning I haven't watched the domovina.net Radio Free Europe clips; I have seen the Death of Yugoslavia documentary)
"the Death of Yugoslavia documentary" <- it could be that we are talking about the same thing, not sure :)
LOL. The Death of Yugoslavia was a BBC documentary; that was re-aired on the TLC cable station. I rented the video tape from the a library in the area. The documentary (or at least most clips from the documentary) appears in various forms on YouTube as well. The documentary starts in 1980s era Serbia and Kosovo and ends right at the signing of Dayton. If they haven't made it; I would like to see a follow up, to include the aftermath and effects of Dayton, the ethnic cleansing in Kosovo and NATO intervention; the issue of Kosovo today; the status of the people featured in the video (some of them became heads of states; some were indicted for war crimes; some managed both). The issue of the EU in the former Yugoslav states; and joining the EU; the ICTY trials; and basically just tying up the lose ends of the documentary. The documentary is based upon the book "The Death of Yugoslavia" by Little and Sieber (sp?); which is, in my humble opinion, the best book that I've personally read on the entire break up of Yugoslavia and overview of the entire war. Although, the book is limited in the sense that it was published in 1995/1996; so thereare still many lose ends to tie especially with regards to Dayton; and some info that is known now, was not known then. So, I would like to see a if not a sequal, than a book with a new afterword etc.
It was an extraordinary programme when it came out. I have seen similar ones since, for example on the Palestine "Peace Process", but nothing with the innovativeness, force and authority of Death of Yugoslavia. I don't know much about Laura Silber but Allan Little is a great journalist, dispassionate but compassionate.
Dan, Mihailis is excellent, because he shows that you can have a rigorously socialist / anti-imperialist perspective while being honest about facts and events. He shows up the dishonest ideological apologists for what they are.
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