Dejan Sretenovic on Fri, 26 Mar 1999 15:06:35 +0100

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Re: Syndicate: a message from Sarajevo

Dear Enes,

I can understand your feelings and anger towards Serbian regime, but I have to
remind you that you have sent your message to a wrong address. All these
reports from Yugoslavia are written by the people who are not supporters bur
opponents of the Serbian regime from the very begining,. People who were
involved in various kinds of protests against the war in Bosnia. It is not
necessary to remind us who is to blame for the Balkan catastrophe, but current
situation in Yugoslavia is much more complicated than it was in Bosnia. We are
talking about something which does not concerns Yugoslavia only, but the whole
international community. We are talking about the end of global politics and
diplomacy, about UN transformation into a debate club with no influence on
international relations, about double human rights standards. You in Sarajevo
were, unfortunately, first to face disastrous results of the Western politics
towards ex-Yugoslavia. Kosovo may be the last chapter of Balkan drama, but this
time evil cannot be located in one spot only. We have a perverse coalition of
two evil politics, local and global, which suits both sides at the moment. Both
Serbs and Albanians are at the moment victims of such politics and if we try to
look for the pure truth we'll discover that it does not exist at all. We have
reached the blank spot of all international laws and standards, with no
effective control mechanisms and the new rule of global totalitarian mind which
tries to arrange the world according to its own political standards. Does peace
and democracy still have to come with bombs? We both work for Soros Foundation
and we have both faced intolerlace and nationalism, but I hope that we both
believe that the end does not justifies the means, that certain values cannot
be imposed by force but through mutual understanding of the different
traditions, interests, mentality etc. Therefore,  NATO is at the moment doing
nothing else but giving support to those who can only maintain power through
war. This goes both for Yugoslav and Albanian politicians.

Best wishes to you and the others at SCCA Sarajevo office,

Dejan Sretenovic

scca wrote:

> Dear all,
> I have been reading all the reports and discussions on the syndicate list
> very curiously. I can tell you that it is very interesting from my point of
> view as a person who experienced four years of constantly being bombed.
> I think that especially people from Belgrade are making to much noise and
> drama about their situation and NATO strikes. They ARE NOT BOMBED!
> (military targets are) They are dealing now only with the aspects of fear
> and propaganda - but there are no bombs on Belgrade, on civilians, there
> are no snipers, there are no lacks of electricity, water, gas, food, etc.
> They can make telephone calls, they can send e-mails... That is not a state
> of war. I don't like anyone being attacked and bombed, especially bearing
> in mind the fact that I've gone through a real war for four years. I can
> only tell to the friends in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Pristina and elsewhere in
> Serbia not to panic and to think about Milosevic as the source of all the
> evil which has been happening in Balkans for the past ten years. Please
> don't be fooled with the propaganda that you are the victims, and the whole
> world has gone mad and attacks a little peaceful, sovereign country with no
> reason. This is just a climax of all the anger of the world towards the
> decade-long Milosevic's policy of genocide and war.
> I wish all the luck to all of my friends in Yugoslavia in days to come.
> Best regards,
> Enes Zlatar