Belgrade, our common denominator
What's left of Greater Serbia
The machine itself was constructed in Belgrade , from where its also navigated. Republic of Srpska never was and never will be an autonomous project of Bosnian Serbs. It’s the part of project of Serbian nationalist elite, which is alive and kicking, un-dismantled, in power and more than efficient – more than that, its moving full steam ahead Parallel to the ideological engineering of the legitimization of RS, which described Kazaz, a brutal de-legitimization of Montenegrin independence is going on
In Verhoven’s (brilliant) film Starship Troopers there is a scene where, on scientists statement that „violence never solved anything“, the teacher replies: „Tell that to the inhabitants of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.“ Thus, on statement that Republic of Srpska doesn’t have future because its built on genocide, should be replied: Say that to the Native Americans.
The Monuments of the Civilization : More so, the “big Other” to which refer the supporters of the thesis of „moral impossibility “of Republic of Srpska’s survival, the big Other (West, that is) from whom they expect, in the name of ethical principles, to abolish that which is built on genocide - itself owes its power, among else, if not – in the first place, to the continuous sequence of crime.
As Walter Benjamin noted back in the day, every monument of the culture is at the same time – a monument of barbarism. Every pyramid meant brutal exploitation of the thousands who built it.
Every tower in Paris was built over the bones of French soldiers who were seizing all that was needed for their construction - as well as over the bones of the enemy who tried to stop them.
For Spanish cathedrals wouldn’t be so monumental, and NYC skyscrapers wouldn’t be raising up in such a phallic way wasn’t it for genocide in both Americas , and the subsequent robbery , and then for ideological “ironing” and facelifting of the monster, all the way until the crime hadn’t become constitutive, until it went without saying, and until - at the end of things –it became untouchable. Civilizations rest on barbarizm: peace and abundance in the centre mean the very hell for the periphery of the civilization as well as for that which is outside its borders.
Hence civilization, with establishment of the state being one of its peaks, is the absolute instrumentalization of the hypocrisy. To avoid mine being misunderstood: I don’t support neither any kind of return to some “natural state”, nor any re-establishment of the “broken ties between man and nature”. Absolutely not! My problem with our civilization is that there is too much nature in it. Republic of Srpska, I want to say , is nothing like an “unnatural creation”: sadly, it is very natural, as is the very way in which it came to exist – and by which it is even more repulsive.
Let’s remember how the vultures who were circling above the dead body of Yugoslavia called it an unnatural creation. And it was one indeed. And that was its greatness. Like the greatness of the communist project had been in that – unlike capitalism – its absolutely unnatural.
The ethics of the political crime: What would in the case of BiH be a real civilisational step forward? That would obviously mean for global, above-state- level and above-national-level institutions to prefer justice to pragmaticism, to prefer ethics to usefulness and, thus to abolish – if needed , also by force – Republic of Srpska.
Don’t worry, you who celebrate – it won’t happen. That’s the line which Western Civilization won’t cross. In that view, is true the claim which Serbian leaders like to repeat: that they are the unrecognized and unloved keepers of the gates of the West, that they protect it from the wild herds from the East.
They, and Croatian right-wing too, like to call themselves the bulwark of Christianity. It is almost like that - the difference being that in Republic of Srpska its not Christianity that’s defended, but hypocrisy and crime as the corner stones of Western civilization.
A civilisational step forward would be also if Bole had used dynamite and guns which he hid in the hall where political and religious leaders as well as artists were celebrating 20 years of forming the Republic of Srpska. If Bole was an unsatisfied worker, who understood that national and religious antagonism was just a masque under which the elite hides the basic antagonism of every society – the class antagonism.
If Bole, for example, said: I am Serbian, but I am a worker too, so I will blow up those who ripped me off – wouldn’t that be a civilisational step forward?
But that’s, sadly, the difference between fiction and reality: fiction, namely, as opposed to the reality, has meaning. Like this, Bole will be prosecuted for attempted poetical justice.
Machine from hell: My friend Enver Kazaz has published at e-Novine an excellent article about ideological apparatus which goal was to prepare the ground for the future announcement of the independence of Republic of Srpska. I would add the following to his text: today Dodik rules the machine, yesterday it was Rašo, tomorrow it will be somebody else.
But, the machine itself was constructed in Belgrade, from where its also navigated. Republic of Srpska never was and never will be an autonomous project of Bosnian Serbs. It’s the part of project of Serbian nationalist elite, which is alive and kicking, un-dismantled, in power and more than efficient – more than that, its moving full steam ahead.
Parallel to the ideological engineering of the legitimization of RS, which described Kazaz, a brutal de-legitimization of Montenegrin independence is going on; the latter is since the times preceding the Referendum for Independence treated as a project of a criminal oligarchy. Thus, Montenegrin independence should be treated as is usually treated the property acquired by criminal means – it should be expropriated.
Political parallels: To consider genocide as a legitimate way to constitute one state, and to simultaneously have complaints on the role cigarette smuggling had in the forming of another – is impressively cynical.
More so that independent Montenegro is neither contrabandist’s nor taikun’s project – it is the project of antiwar pro-Western minority of Montenegrin society.
Let me once again repeat the obvious: de-legitimization of Montenegrin independence, as well as legitimization of independence of Republic of Srpska, are not possible without active and all-encompassing role of Belgrade.
In Montenegro, additional problem is that Belgrade makes an instrument of the question of corruption, and the government replies with the same game, at the knife’s edge: to avoid painful anti-corruptive actions, they make an instrument of Belgrade’s imperial politics.
Supporters of the corruption thesis negate the pressure from Belgrade, advocate the reconciliation with chetnics (local collaborators of Nazis during WWII – note by L.R.S.), make pacts with Amfilohije (leader of Serbian CO Church in Montenegro, mitropolit Amfilohije Radovic, known for his radical right-wing escapades, curses of Montenegrin nation etc. – note by L.R.S.), while those who insist that there is pressure from Belgrade – minimalize the question of corruption.
As usually, its not either – or, but its and - and: of course, corruption is a problem and of course that Belgrade’s influence is de-stabilizing. If Podgorica would reduce the ongoing robbery and would have arrested the taikun scum, the pressure from Belgrade would not lessen, but would in every case become less efficient. Given that in “Balkan’s New York” there is clear, precise project and decidedness, and from the other side , in Montenegro and in Bosnia – there is confusion, corruption and weakness of elites, it seems quite likely that Dobrica Ćosić, again, wasn’t right: Serbs could this time around get in peace what they had lost during war.
* Translated from Montenegrin to English by Lena Ruth Stefanovic
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