Monday, February 20, 2006

New articles soon

I hope to write up some new "Myth and Fact" articles soon, relating to the question of Kosovo, the rise of Milosevic and the Serb constitutional changes of 1989 that have been so unjustly vilified in the West.

One thing I will refute is the 'official line' on the June 1989 celebrations at Gazimestan, which asserts that this was a Serb nationalist celebration organised by Milosevic. In fact it was simply the celebration of an historic anniversary and was not at all nationalist or threatening, but was multi-ethnic and multi-national and carried the message of national equality. The website Emperor's Clothes has already shown this by analysing the speech that Milosevic made at the event, but I will look at other aspects of the celebration to prove this even further.

Another thing I may do a "Myth and Fact" on is the question of democratic and economic reform of Yugoslavia. According to anti-Milosevic propaganda, he was a conservative neo-Stalinist hardliner, while the Slovene and other separatists were democrats and market reformers. I will show the truth, which is that Serbia was the centre of democratic dissidence in Yugoslavia, that the Serbian party and state were the most liberal and reformist for most of the 1980s, and that Milosevic was an advocate of bold economic and political reform in the direction of free-market multi-party democracy. The real conflict in Yugoslavia was not between democrats (Slovenes) and conservatives (Serbs), but between those who advocated the dissolution of Yugoslavia and those who advocated its continued existence.

I'm also thinking about compiling a page of quotes of Milosevic throughout his career to show his consistent advocacy of multi-ethnic co-existence and tolerance. Refuting the idea that Draskovic and co were a "democratic opposition" to the evil Bolshevik Milosevic (Serbia under Milosevic was in fact a democracy, if not a perfect one, and the "democratic opposition" were largely a bunch of vile nationalist thugs and war-mongering opportunists) is also an option.

As is pretty clear, I've got a lot of ideas. I've done the research really, it's just a matter of writing it up. Hopefully by the end of this week I will have one or two articles up. Given the current context of Kosovo status talks, I may also write an article showing why there isn't a single valid, let alone just, argument for granting independence to Kosovo.


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