By William Markiewicz
(Excerpt from "Gen. Clark's stand vs. Milosevic praiseworthy" Tucson Citizen Thursday, January 8, 2004
Every graduate of West Point knows the Cadet Prayer, which reads in part: "Make us to choose the harder right over the easier wrong." That is what guided Clark in Kosovo. When it became clear that Milosevic intended to eradicate the ethnic Albanian population of Kosovo, he believed it was his duty to prevent a genocide. .....< >..... And Clark was right. His moral courage was instrumental in stopping another round of ethnic cleansing on the European continent.
The above is one example of what the Serbs endure. These accusations, like others, hang on a thin thread.
Some draw a parallel between the rise of Nazism in Germany after defeat in WW1 and the present nationalistic success in Serbia. The difference is that the German people were never so trampled following two World Wars as the Serbs are now -- and why so? Germany is a rich populous country while Serbia is poor and small. Obviously size is respected. The Nazi crimes were known, didn't need to be checked, and nobody bothers to seriously check accusations against the Serbs; testimony substitutes for evidence. The German defeat remained purely political. Never was there hate propaganda against them on a planetary dimension like that directed against the Serbs. Could this be a temporary phenomenon? I don't think so. After passing a certain threshold of time and intensity, the human collective memory becomes engraved in stone. A look at the development of anti-Semitism may show how this kind of chronic and universal epidemic could strike a new hate target. Of all the ethnic hatreds, anti-Semitism is the most complex. Practically no aspect of human thought is left out: science (race), economy (money), social (conspiracy), tales (ritual murders), the list is probably longer. This anti-Semitic culture was developed through time and crossed many borders. Each generation added something. In our times of electronic communication you don't need somebody's physical presence to hate; reputation precedes the victim. Many Jew-haters never saw a Jew in their life.
Anti-Serbism was created artificially through the world media and PR agencies. Anti-Serbism is less complex than anti-Semitism - no race or money involved - but they have one thing in common: defeat.
In Biblical times, the Jews were different from others in that they believed in one God, something nobody could have cared less about. The Jews had friends and enemies like everybody. The situation changed drastically when the Romans chased the defeated Jews into Diaspora. Diaspora was the simplest way to get rid of an annoying enemy on a small territory with no natural defences. The exiled Jews were literally smashed by those ruthless master organizers. Previously, the Babylonians had deported the Jews from Judea to Babylon, but the Romans had a more precise notion of empire than the Babylonians who let the Jews return. Under the Romans the saga of Jewish Diaspora -- of the eternal defeated -- was here to stay. A Polish proverb says 'the bone and the guest stink after three days" ("bone" and "guest" are almost identical words in Polish). The Jews became unwanted guests for centuries to come.
The defeated Serbs have no interest in entering into the "European Community" where they'll continue to be defeated (and slandered -- see excerpt above). Ask Serbian children in the "Diaspora" how they're treated by comrades and teachers. Ask their parents how they're treated at work. I know Serbs who hide their names and origin -- sound familiar? While the Jews in the Diaspora didn't try to resist, the Serbs resist integration into hateful, judgmental Europe in order not to transform their country into a land of pariahs, defying those who want to keep the Serbs permanently as neo-Jews. By voting 'nationalistic' they accept to suffer the political and economic sanctions and use their pride and their defiance to keep democratic fangs away from the Serbian flank.Back to the index of the Vagabond