bosnia report
New Series No. 9/10 April - July 1999
 
Serbia and Montenegro

` . . . Serbia would like to export plums and apples to the West, but not in order to import democracy from the West. It would gladly trade in plums, but does not wish outsiders to count the corpses of the citizens it has killed. Af ter all, whose citizens are they, its own or American?

The basic reason why the Great Serb decade-long national movement has not pro duced any positive results is that it is conceived as an abject savagery. If the Albanians are citizens of Serbia and Kosovo is Serb land, then why does the state of Serbia kill Albanians and burn Kosovo? What kind of idiot would wish to burn their own state? That which you burn you do not count as your own. The fact that you control a territory does not give you the right to cut throats and burn villages. Here is a simple analogy. You are the father of a family; your land has been in your family ownership for many generations; your great-great- grandfather marked out the plot at a time when America had not been discovered. But if you take a hatchet and kill half your family, you cannot defend yourself by saying that it is your family and your property. Regardless of a tradition of curd-cheese production that is longer than American history, you will be sen tenced to death . . . . In Montenegro and its distancing from Milosevic, the na tional aspect is the least important - it is simply a matter of intelligence. The contemporary Montenegrin project is not a matter of blood or of national origin, but of elementary intelligence and, if you wish, honesty. '

Extracts from an editorial in Monitor (Podgorica), 19 March 1999 - the full text may be found on The Bosnian Institute's website.

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