Friday, April 24, 2009

What else was left for them?

Gray Falcon has an interesting piece about the mixed marriages in pre-war Bosnia. We were long lead to believe that there was no way there was going to be a war in Bosnia because the three peoples had supposedly lived in harmony as was testified by an alleged large number of people of different ethnic backgrounds marrying(a myth later readily scooped by western globalists in their portrayal of Bosnia as a mulitculutural paradise). As we later learned, the number of those marriages was a bit overblown and they were heavily concentrated in the urban areas of Sarajevo and Banja Luka. In the rural areas and small towns mixed marriages were few and far between and such pratice was generally speaking unheard of in all of Bosnia and Hercegovina before 1945. Not to mention the fact that being in a mixed marriage is no guarantee that a person won't become a national extremist...

The point of this entry is the last paragraph of Gray Falcon's text:

After the war, there were several immigration programs (notably in the U.S. and Canada) favoring mixed-marriage families. Not surprisingly, most people seized the opportunity. There is still some intermarriage in Bosnia. By and large, however, for those who found a mate in a different community it was much more bearable to become Americans, Canadians, or Australians than to be strangers in their own land.

First there is one question that begs asking: if Bosnia and Hercegovina was such a wonderful, harmonious and multicultural place before the war why were mixed-marriage families given priority in immigration? Shouldn't they have been in the forefront of rebuilding the country?

Still, these immigration programs were the right thing albeit for the wrong reasons. Right next to those who were actually killed and their loved ones, mixed marriage families, especially children coming out of those, were the greatest victims of the war. The country they used to live in was unrecognizable after it all ended, most were viewed with suspicion by all three sides. They may have retained their lives but lost their homeland and anything resembling an identity. There was very little option for them but to find another place to live, and start rebuilding from scratch, not only in a material but in spiritual sense as well.