The Salon II

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Pop... politics

Growing up in Africa, I always saw the Eurovision as this very foreign, and fairly frivolous exercise at pop-patriotism. Not that I didn't enjoy watching them, they were awesome. But in the back of my head, I could not help but wonder whether it was not just a futile attempt at trying to keep warring Europeans from getting - militarily - at each other's throats. A catharsis, if you will.

This does not seem to work anymore; in fact quite the opposite:
BBC NEWS | Europe | Serbia-Montenegro in pop song row

"Tensions between Serbia and Montenegro have spilled over into the Eurovision song contest, which has a history of intense national rivalry.

An argument is raging over which band should represent the federation of Serbia and Montenegro in the contest.

A Montenegrin boy band called No Name won a televised competition in Belgrade to choose the best song - but they were booed by the audience, who cried foul."

"Speaking on Sunday, former Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Zivkovic said the furore had caused "much more excitement last night than the death of [former Yugoslav President] Slobodan Milosevic"."
When something as (well maybe not so) futile as Eurovision, can garter this much passion, shouldn't it be the proof that the Serb-Montenegrin political alliance has run its course? I mean it is but a shred of the original and mighty - if artificial - Yugoslavia; and the fact that some sentimentalists want to cling to that glorious past, should not - IMHO - perclude reality from getting the upper hand: Serbia and Montenegro should become separate countries.

And so should, for that matter, Kosovo separate from Serbia. The day when Milosevic, Mladic and co decided to make an ethnic issue out of former Yugoslavia, and seemingly promoted some level of supremacy and righteousness for the Serbs in the region (mutatis mutandis for the Croat leaders in Croatia, and to a lesser extent the Bosniacs in Bosnia-Herzegovina), they signed they broight doom to the possible peaceful existance of enclaves with a majority of another ethnic group, within another country. This is true for the Republica Serbzca, of Pale in Bosnia, and it should be true for Kosovo. Unless the Serbs - and I mean the people - are willing to recognize the Albanian Kosovars, as inherently Serb, with the same rights, the same consideration and respect, they de facto recognize that Kosova, whose land has been inhabited by these ethnic Albanians for quite a while, does not belong in Serbia, right? I wonder...

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