Irrational politics: Closing the gates of peace by Ndue Ukaj

"Irrational politics: Closing the gates of peace"

by Ndue Ukaj

1. Octavio Paz, a Mexican winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, in his essay "History as Dialogue," which was actually his Nobel acceptance speech, writes that "democracy is a dialogue, and dialogue opens the gates of peace." By having a true dialogue on certain problems, governments and peoples can reach the "dream of universal peace," this author said.

We mentioned the speech by this Nobel Prize winner in order to put into context the Serbian-Albanian relations, which, based on the nationalistic rhetoric during the Serbian prime minister's visit to Kosova [Kosovo], are headed in a direction that is not desired due to the fact that the unwanted visitor used a private visit to once again stoke feelings of hatred among the Serbs. This was done through most the sophisticated pan-Serbian methods, which view Kosova as the Serb Jerusalem.

In fact, with this visit, the so-called Serbian democratic government in essence resembles the previous governments, not only because it is closing the gates of peace and dialogue, but, consciously or not, it is becoming a promoter of violence and instability by openly maintaining the position of protector of concepts of war, not those of peace. It seems that this was the intention of Kostunica's visit to Kosova on a date that in itself bears terrible memories for the entire region, as well as for the Serbian people. This date became a shield for mad military philosophical politics during the last decade of the 20th century.

2. In view of the latest developments in the region and beyond, Kostunica's visit could be understood as a well known irrational Serbian philosophy to again transmit to the world their deceptive tendencies by camouflaging and abusing reality, whether that reality is historical or current. This visit, besides having propaganda aspects for internal consumption, is additional proof that the Serbian state is not interested in promoting peace, bringing peace to life, developing healthy relations, or setting aside the painful past. Instead, it is interested in "producing" crisis in the name of crazy myths and in the name of phantom nationalisms, which could produce a dark future mostly for the Serbs themselves, since the Albanians are now determined to have dialogue, democracy, and integration.

3. Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica's visit to Kosova, which occurred precisely on a date that has left "ill-traces" for the entire history of the region, the consequences of which are yet to be repaired, will enter the political memory as a black stain among the many stains that have entered history - Serbian politics with eyes closed.

The appearance at the Gracanica Monastery, with a controlled nationalist discourse and by continuing the tune of manipulation, lies, and nationalistic trumpeting that was started by the dictator Slobodan Milosevic, occurred precisely at a time when Serbia is going through a difficult moment after the powerful signals from the US and Great Britain to accept the legitimate requests of the people of Kosova. It seems that this is a final tendency on a list of tendencies of Serbian politics to manipulate their own people. And now they are counting the last days of the demagogical rhetoric of deception and manipulation with the Serbs from Kosova and Serbia itself.

4. This visit, among other things, signifies the truth that still cramps Serbian politics. The opinions and tunes that feed patriotism and entangle religion and politics - as old and outdated propaganda that Serbia has used and is attempting to use against the Albanians, propaganda that went out of fashion a long time ago and that has reached banality in Western circles - this time was used poorly by a government that is challenged daily by international isolation.

This demagogy, which is supported by nationalist rhetoric, is interconnected with the Battle for Kosova. This battle, in relation to which evidence, historic writings, and arguments have been presented that all Christian forces participated in it, including Albanian ones, in an attempt to overthrow the Turk-Ottoman occupation, is once again attempting to become paradigm for gaining sympathy among the western World.

The constant tendency of Serbian intellectual, political, and religious circles to present this battle according to appetites and by adapting it for nationalistic-occupational interests suffered severe consequences in the past.

On the contrary, if Serbia is attempting to transmit its past to the Western world through this philosophy, as the defender of Christianity, it is a philosophy that does not ring bells in any country, since the truth is now known, which is that in essence the Albanians were the ones who protected Western culture and values, more than any other people in the region.

5. A rational mind cannot understand this tune of Serbian politics, despite what followed - isolation from the world. It seems the Serbian cul-de-sac has no end. The Albanians must take an example from a dishonest philosophy in order to proceed with dignity toward a bright future by developing democracy, peace, and prosperity in the scope of Western integration.

Instead of leading politics of messages and instructions for the Kosova Serbs, Kostunica should bring messages of peace, cohabitation, and getting closer to one another - even asking for an apology for the past. He should not transmit ill-intentioned messages of division and hatred. During an era general integrating processes, this is nonsense and an unprecedented philosophy.

July 05, 2006
Source:BBC Monitoring / Fakti, Skopje


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