he Serbian people are a tragic people. Many times in the past they (and many others) have suffered tremendously at the hands of their various false prophets. Their current political leadership are nothing but false prophets who used deeply rooted ethnic feelings and bits and pieces of their own history taken out of context to manipulate those feelings and to inject fear. Reference to the Croatian checkerboard as a proof of the rise of fascism in Croatia was one such political bait. Once those false prophets succeeded in convincing the people that their existence was in question they proposed violence as the only path towards self-preservation. Nothing could be more false than that, as it is amply evident at the present time. If the Serbs (and other peoples) do not learn from their own history they are bound to repeat it.
imilar phenomenon can be observed in Croatia. Croatian politicians talk ad infinitum about the "millennium-old-dream" that the Croatian people supposedly have of their statehood and use that to convince Croats (and presumably others who live in Croatia) as to the righteousness of their politics. I fail to see how it is possible that a living person can have a thousand-year-old dream. I only see that this "dream" came to my mother in Dubrovnik in the shape of 9 months of savage and brutal attacks by the combined Montenegrin and Serbian hordes and has left her on the brink of poverty in today's "free" Croatia. I can only see that this "dream" caused my daughter in Osijek to adopt extreme and unnatural feelings of rejection and hatred of everything that is Serbian, including her own grandparents who are of Serbian nationality. This is nothing else but another example of manipulation of deep ethnic feelings with the goal of achieving political objectives of a minority of politicians.
can see, however, how a people could have a dream of peace, safety, and prosperity _ all those things that the majority of people in Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia-Hercegovina do not have today.
t is time for the Serbs and the Croats and all peoples to reject false authority of guns and physical power. We must see once and for all that justice achieved by guns is short-lived simply because it inevitably takes away from someone else's understanding of what is just (otherwise there would be no need for violence). The lesson should be that we will continue to have wars and suffering of all people as long as we treasure the life-taking powers more than we do the life-giving powers.