I chose a particularly eventful day to stop procrastinating and spend all day working, uninterrupted by reading news online. After eight long hours in my salt mine, I turned to BBC to find out that Israeli forces are advancing to Gaza and that two Croatian military officials have been acquitted before the ICTY
All of you who have ever read this blog before know that I am far removed from Serbian nationalism and that the only side I ever took in Balkan conflicts is the pacifist one, but claim by ICTY that neither Gotovina or Markač are responsible for the ethnic cleansing of Serbs in Croatia is preposterous. But, it’s not something I will lose any sleep over. There is no justice and that’s the end of it – whether the fault is with the ICTY, or a faulty persecution, I made peace with it.
What concerns me is thousands of people in Croatia who took the streets to celebrate. Millions of Serbs who see a conspiracy in this dating back to the Second World War. And so many people who are rejoicing in this verdict. Because it confirms what they always thought of the ICTY.
Do we have to be that simple? Do we have to dumb down the world around us and agree to be pawns all the time? Why does our nationality dictate how to feel about this verdict?
After all these years, instead of learning that lessons, we, through our reactions, still perfectly fit the mold of people who can’t think outside of the box of nationalism. And that’s what got us into this shit in the first place.