|Eno ShkÃ«mbi: Serbia continues to violate human rights, does not allow even the basic rights of ethnic minorities in Vojvodina, Sandzak (Sanjak) or Lugina e PreshevÃ«s. Nationalists call Albanians as Greek Orthodox, and Albanians of Kosovo Serbs converted to Islam. War raped womenâ€™s of Kosovo and Bosnia, have not found the lost dignity in society yet. What I find most sad is how childrens learn the history of the Balkans, with different interpretations.|
â€œThey are backward, savage, uncivilized, patriarchal, Balkan is a region of disasters and wars.â€
Those have been the stigmatizing words with which many Western Europeans would describe the Balkan of one or two centuries ago. Within these words are many cultural stereotypes but also an undeniable truth. The Fortunes of Balkan have been insoluble war-related with war. As the British anthropologist and writer Edith Durham would say: â€œBalkan is a comic opera written in bloodâ€. Our past is nothing but a tragedy, but however painful it could be we canâ€™t erase it from the memory of time. The past should be an open museum to understand what we failed to be yesterday, and what we can be tomorrow. However yesterday is history and tomorrow is a mystery, so let’s talk about today. What has changed today?
Of course we are not where we were yesterday, but we still have opened wounds that have in center nationalism and the hate for each-other. The nostalgia for Milosevic is still booming. In Albania, the story is in the hands of politicians. Greece continues to hold back the integration of Macedonia because of the name dispute. Macedonia continues to be a center of conflict with Bulgaria on the issue of identity problems, with Greece on the name issue, with Serbia on the issue of the Orthodox Church, with Albania and Kosovo because of violations of Albanians living there. Serbia and Montenegro have made aggression towards Bosnia and a genocide against Muslims (Bosniaks).
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Serbia continues to violate human rights, they do not even allow the basic rights of ethnic minorities in Vojvodina, Sandzak (Sanjak) or Lugina e PreshevÃ«s. Nationalists call Albanians as Greek Orthodox, and Albanians of Kosovo Serbs converted to Islam. Women raped in the war of Kosovo and Bosnia, have not found the lost dignity in society yet. What I find most sad is how children learn the history of the Balkans, with different interpretations.
I remember from elementary school when my history teacher put me the highest mark just because I had wrote a nationalist essay. If could go back in time, I would not have accepted the mark, only if she talked me with more passion about the historical facts, the truth, and not about the glorified nation.
A European Balkan citizen changes from a western citizen. We change mostly from the viewpoint we see from each-other. We must accept, our fathers have seen always each others as aliens, as strangers. The idea of being unique, and separated is a â€œcultural narcissismâ€ that often occurs in small and nationalist cultures.
Often people mistake patriotism with nationalism. If someone would ask me what is the difference between the two concepts, I would response with a quote of Richard Aldington, English novelist and poet, who wrote two centuries ago: â€œPatriotism is a lively sense of collective responsibility. Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on its own dunghill and calling for larger spurs and brighter beaks.â€ A real patriot never considers his country as the best of all, this would be dangerous. Patriotism is often healthy, nationalism is a disease, that goes on racism, and racism is a madness.
Nationalist politicians are still lively in our countries, for a couple of votes they are ready to raise up a mountain of hate. Look at the project â€œSkopje 2014â€, what a sadness. â€œSkopje 2014â€ set on pedestals the pseudo-heroes of the Middle Ages. The medieval statues are a shame in the sky of the united Europe of the new century. Letâ€™s stop building pseudo-heroes on pedestals, letâ€™s build a pedestal for the human to. I must confess that I have friends from Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and from the other Balkan countries. We speak different languages, we share different stories, but we have the same desires and dreams for life. How close is the kinship between a man and the whole human race, for it is a community, not of a little blood on seed, but of the spirit.