Friday, October 23, 2009

What did they expect?

Russian president Dmitriy Medvedev came and went. The media have already reported about his visit to Serbia extensively and analysts as well as "analysts" gave their views which covered just about every aspect of the visit so I wouldn't want to repeat their words here.

I would just like to give my take on the reactions of the patriotic part of the public. Many have expressed their disappointments over this visit, in particular Medvedev's speech to the parliament, namely the part where he stated how they have nothing against our membership in the EU. It was immediately interpreted as the Russians pushing us towards Brussels so we could act as their pawn there. The idea of the "new system of collective security" that Medvedev stated was even seen, God only knows how, as a "green light" for a NATO membership. Even the billion euro loan was seen as a stab in the back to the patriotic sector.

Such reactions are largely fueled by totally unrealistic expectations as well as utter lack of comprehension of foreign policy. Those who'd like the Russian state to support the patriotic oposition should ask themselves some questions...For example, what opposition? Nikolić, Vučić and the newly-formed progressives who are trying to out-Tadić Tadić more by the day? Koštunica who is largely responsible for the fact that the current governement is ruling in the first place? Radical party? Their EU policy is neither here or there at the moment. At one point they are anti-EU, at another they are not sure, at the third they won't say...What did they actually do to raise the public consciousness about the dangers of euroutopia? Did they organize seminars, for example, with western eurosceptics as participants, which would have explained the true nature of the EU benemoth? how about articles, papers and other publications about the detrimental influence of the EU from a national, economic, political, cultural or civilizational point of view?

How about smaller patriotic NGOs and organizations? First of all there is far too many of them and they all operate independantly of one another, and second, more important, they themselves are not sure how to proceed. Do they want to be a fully fledged political movement acting proactively on a daily basis or are they content with ad-hoc activities?

Any way you look at it, we do not have a serious anti-EU organization, which is somewhat of a tragedy since even according to the most EU-slanted opinion polls the number of opponents of Serbia joining the Union is around 30% which is a starting point any newly formed political party would kill for. Until such a party is formed, however, nobody has the right to be "disappointed" with Russia. And only then we will know whether the Russian interest is indeed to have us as it's pawn within the Union or are they just attempting to get out the maximum out of a bad internal situation in Serbia.

Until then I suggest you re-read the reports of Dmitriy Medvedev's visit and take pleasure in seeing Tadić and his people kissing up to him whereas scarsely a year ago they used to treat with disdain anything Russian.

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