Wednesday, April 06, 2011

April 6th 1941, NEVER FORGET

Today is the 70th anniversary of the Nazi agression against the Kingdom of Yugoslavia that started with aerial bombing of Belgrade in the early morning hours of April 6th 1941. Over 3000 people lost their lives and the damage caused was incalculable. The direct perpetrators were sentenced to death for this crime, while the ones who gave the order managed to cheat the hangman by swallowing cyanide.

I doubt that even in their wildest fantasies they could imagine that they would have their apologists in Serbia, those who relativize their crime and at times even express some form of understanding for their postition.

Am I being too harsh? Not at all. There is no other way to describe those who prefer to concentrate their venom against those who took up arms against the Nazis by calling them "irresponsible" and accusing them of "being the cause of our misfortune by provoking the Germans". What is particularly disheartening is that a large portion of these people think of themselves as patriots and in this day and age they advocate resistance against EU/NATO and accuse Tadić and his governement of being "quislings". The schizofrenic nature of their position is lost on them, as well as the irony of them parroting the propaganda line of the current regime that seeks to portray opposition to Euro-atlantic forces as ultimately pointless. And when confronted with those facts, they just begin to repeat the mantra "That's not the same thing", more in an attempt to convince themselves then to convince others. And why is it not the same? Because they say so.

Perhaps this is one of the reasons why parties and movements opposed to Euromadness have been unsuccessfull up to date. Until basic consistency is established between judging the past and the present a future that includes freedom will continue to elude us.

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