scca on Fri, 26 Mar 1999 16:03:31 +0100

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Re: Syndicate: a message from Sarajevo

Dear Dejan,

please don't get me wrong. I am absolutely with you - I know you and all
the others I know are good and smart people and my mail was nothing against
you. It was just my point of view to the overall situation. But accusing
the Western countries and their policies of being totally responsible for
the Balkans tragedy sounds to me like a paragraph from the school books of
the "All-People's Defence and Social Self-Protection" from the communist
era. Why does the Montenegrian President still hold Milosevic responsible
for all what is happening, although his Republic is heavily attacked too? I
don't think that he is payed by the "imperialist fascist Western
governments" as the Milosevic's propaganda would say. Please strive to put
away Milosevic, Seselj and the rest of the gang and the sun will shine to
us again.
One more thing - I agree absolutely that the Western policy towards the
ex-Yugoslavia has been catastrophic and inconsistent at least, and that we
in Sarajevo were the first ones to experience it. I am also against the
double human rights standards, but again I think that if the Serbian regime
goes away things will get better. It's simple as that. May sound naive in a
situation like this, but I am convinced it will work. 
hope to see you soon in a peaceful Belgrade.
Best regards,


At 15:06 26/03/99 +0100, Dejan Sretenovic wrote:
>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
>situation in Yugoslavia is much more complicated than it was in Bosnia. We
>talking about something which does not concerns Yugoslavia only, but the
>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
>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.
>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
>tries to arrange the world according to its own political standards. Does
>and democracy still have to come with bombs? We both work for Soros
>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