Monday, March 13, 2006

The End of the Balkan Butcher

The death of Slobodan Milosevic brings to an end a certain era through which also the members of this blog have lived. We still do remember the sirens, the threats, the attack on Slovenia, the direct fear these caused and the anxiety which remained in us when the violent tide set towards the south. Slovenia managed to defend its independence with a minimal bloodshed, the other republics have not.

Slobodan Milosevic was just the last, but nicely and fully brushed, communist piece in the masterpiece mosaic that the Communist parties of Yugoslavia under the leadership of Tito built. The historical lie, the deception of the brotherhood and unity, resulted in the worst masacres on Europe's soil since 1945. Slobodan Milosevic was the last particle of this vicious communist machinery that was slowly but persistently operating behind the veil of velvet terror and imaginary welfare. He had a chance to take into his hands the product of them all - the Yugoslav people's army - and sent it against the very people it should have served to.

Slovenia, as stressed before, has due to the visdom of new political figures and intellectuals belonging to the so called Slovenian spring, managed to escape this Balkan barrel of powder. Ever ticking nationalistic and social bomb. We returned where we came from and in the aftermath of Milosevic's crusade almost nobody invokes Slovenia as part of the Balkan region. I sincirely hope that we left the Balkan, as it has stood, for good.

Yet, even that being true, we still have to deal wiht the legacy of our communist and Balkan past. It is not easy to redo 50 and more years, the years which is all what our parents and grandparents were left with, but we have to strive for the better tomorrow. We have to show that we can lead and that we can contribute to success of a more promising story, to the creation of the EU - as an area of freedom, justice and security.

On our way there we must not forget our past, and we must not forget the nations living south of our borders. We shared a common political past with them, linguistically they are our brothers, yet culturally just our remote cousins (to paraphrase Cankar) and it is our duty to help them find the way.

Finally, the death of Milosevic and with it the end of an era of fear and terror, it is also time that WE Slovenians sweep away the communist relicts that can be stumbled on at every step in our capital city and to resurrect the monuments that unite us and that will escort us in a prosperous future that we will be all proud of.

1 Comments:

At 5:47 PM, Blogger Luka Lisjak said...

"Finally, the death of Milosevic and with it the end of an era of fear and terror, it is also time that WE Slovenians sweep away the communist relicts that can be stumbled on at every step in our capital city and to resurrect the monuments that unite us and that will escort us in a prosperous future that we will be all proud of."

I'm with you on that one!!

 

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