Bombing the Baby with the Bath Water
[From an article by Veran Matic, editor-in-chief of Belgrade's banned
Radio B92, as quoted in Sam Smith's Progressive
My friends in the West keep asking me why there is no rebellion. Where are
the people who poured onto the streets every day for three months in 1996
to demand democracy and human rights? Zoran Zivkovic, the opposition mayor
of the city of Nis answered that last week: "Twenty minutes ago my
city was bombed. The people who live here are the same people who voted
for democracy in 1996, the same people who protested for a hundred days
after the authorities tried to deny them their victory in the elections.
They voted for the same democracy that exists in Europe and the US. Today
my city was bombed by the democratic states of the USA, Britain, France,
Germany and Canada! Is there any sense in this?"
Most of these people feel betrayed by the countries which were their models.
Only today a missile landed in the yard of our correspondent in Sombor.
It didn't explode, fortunately, but many others have in many other people's
... With these attacks, it seems to me, the West has washed its hands of
the people, Albanians, Serbs and others, living in the region. Thus the
sins of the government have been visited on the people. The free media in
Serbia has for years opposed nationalism, hatred and war. As a representative
of those media, and as a man who has more than once faced the consequences
of my political beliefs, I call on President Bill Clinton to put a stop
to NATO's attack on my country. I call on him to begin negotiations which
aim at securing the right to a peaceful life and democracy for all the people
in Yugoslavia, regardless of their ethnic background.
More on Radio B92
Although banned in Yugoslavia, Radio B92
is still live on the web, with
breaking news in English. A group in the Netherlands called Help
B92 is is raising money to send money and equipment to B92 and other
independent radio stations in Serbia and Kosovo. For further information
check out the site or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. See also the archive
of B92 news stories in text and in audio
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