Since Kosovo declared its independence on February 17th the joke about similarities between Serbia’s territory and Nokia phones has never been truer; they’ve both been shrinking from one season into another. For Truth’s sake, 300,000 people rioted, suffering their national pride by throwing stones at windows of fancy multinational outlets on their way through streets of Belgrade. The Serbian elections of Feb 3rd, second since the fall of Milosevic, were won by pro-European democrats with a slight victory over Euro-sceptic and pro-Russian radical nationalists.
After the first round of the elections and before the second, Serbia’s leading democrats, its PM and president went to Russia together. As they’ve decided to sell the country’s energetic giant Jugopetrol to Russian President Putin, one could ask oneself why exponents of so-called pro-European policy would kiss the hand of the Eastern Czar? The fact is, post-Milosevic Serbia still hasn’t solved the impact of the national mythology of its everyday politics; both the radicals and the democrats competed in the second round of elections, promoting the idea that Kosovo won’t be anything but a part of Serbia.
While Plotki Foreign Office was busy…
The history of Serbian-Kosova relations has roots in 1389 when the Battle of Kosovo took place at Kosovo Polje (‘polje’ = field). Although Serbia lost the battle, it still is a date bearing Serbian national mythological significance. As Plotki’s Foreign Office was busy during the preparation of this issue, we decided to ask other people’s opinions on the subject. The website that happens to attract the most clicks from the region’s Internauts is B92, Plotki’s Investigative Team wishes to quote blogger Goran:
“In fact, Milosevic had set free a distinguished form of folk life [during his reign]; very film-like and musical as Kusturica and Bregovic felt in their hearts, along with their Orchestra for Weddings and Funerals. This tectonic intra-national waving consists of both the wedding and funeral, both the orgy and ceremony, both the passion and pain… The basic tone of this mass psychosis is hallucination of pain, misery and despair for the lost majority, for the stolen wealth, for the innocent victims; so, that the whole nation lives up to the feeling of innocent victim. On this basis of pain, it articulates poetic lamentations, as much as appraisal of mythical powers, even the cyclic attacks of massive devastating furor; that sets to victim’s cry and self pity. All of that may go on up to 20 years; at least… The most celebrating rises are mass orgiastic folk rituals accompanied by rhythmical phrased mantras of anger and despair, just as in prehistoric communities. It seems that this magic has started to relive. This least mass ceremony, accompanied with mantra of “Kosovo is ours” was performed with simulated mass orgasm, provident and obvious.”
Speaking of Kosovo, during the whole Yugoslav history, its inhabitants were fought and molested by Serbian militia. Only Serbs could be hired for Kosovo’s police force, until NATO troops arrived in 1999; which explains the permanent hatred against executive government, even now when Kosovars try to bring back the regulations themselves. At the moment, Kosovo is one of Europe’s least liked places to live. The population density is close to 200 per square kilometre, one of the highest in Europe. The current population is one of the youngest in Europe with around 40 % of the population below the age of 20, and a few immigrated to Western Europe. Referring to a source from UNEP/GRID-Arendal, the Norwegian organization behind UNMIK, Kosovo’s unemployment rate was 49 % in 2001, and aims to grow.
Moving on to Milorad
Someone would suppose that advice from a world renowned Serbian intellectual would calm down these crabs in the barrel. When asked of primordial powers that set free the rural guerrilla in the 1990s, thus debasing and attenuating the nation’s cultural grace, alleviating the turn from illusion to reality, Milorad Pavic simply cited Vox populi, vox Dei – “The people’s voice is God’s voice”.