Karadzic, “Just and Holy” Actions, and The Muslim Fundamentalists
Karadzic is back to his drama, and perhaps he actually believes his war was “holy and just”, but his threat regarding the extermination of Muslims before Bosnia and Hercegovina seceded from Yugoslavia is self explanatory:
Karadzic: Don’t think that you won’t take Bosnia and Hercegovina into hell and the Muslim people maybe to extinction. Because the Muslim people cannot defend themselves if there is a war here.
And now speaks the fundamentalist (heavy sarcasm) …
Izetbegovic: His actions, his manner of action, his advice .. maybe best describes the reasons why we probably do not want to stay a part of Yugoslavia. That is what I’m speaking about tonight. (Applause)
And one more thing, his mannerism and suggestions explain why even others do not want to stay part of Yugoslavia. That kind of Yugoslavia, which Mr. Karadzic wants, nobody else wants – except for maybe Serbian people. That kind of Yugoslavia is in the eyes of Yugoslavian people -Slovenians, Croatians, Macedonians, Albanians, Hungarians (?), Muslims – simply detested .. and in the eyes of Europeans and everyone. This is the tactic and this is what Karadzic is employing. However, Karadzic is just one expression of thought, one action. We all hoped, and still hope that our hope would be realized, that the Serbian people would come to their democratic tradition; that the Serbian people would reach a democratic stock that they could perfect – that they would become known for throughout the world. This, what is going on today does not serve for the honor of the Serbian people but this form of action, these visible threats … the Muslim people will not become extinct.
I thought these videos relayed some of Karadzic’s general sentiments regarding “just and holy” actions; they also display the nature that folklore plays in conveying history, awaking nationalism within society, and brewing resentment. Some Serbian folklore was taught in the school curriculum in the form of poetry, prose, and literature. Many of these stories concentrated on Albanians taking over Kosovo and Ottoman influences on Bosnia. Other forms of folklore meant to convey history were forms of music, film, art, and dance – some of which will be seen in the videos.
It is important to note that in this video Karadzic speaks about Sarajevo Serbs (and all converts in Bosnia) who converted to Islam during the Ottoman Empire in order to gain favors from the Ottoman rulers, nowhere does Karadzic state that these converts forcefully took land from Serbs and further statements show a complete abhorrence towards Islam. You might want to skip the phone footage, but ummmm, you can see the Russian journalist shooting (presumably towards Sarajevo) at the end of the clip – that seemed odd to me.
This video is footage from during the war in which Karadzic is visiting his family in Serbia. His brother comments that no one would want to risk their lives to save the Muslims (in reference to the international community). Pay particular attention to 7:07 where soldiers are singing about “beautiful Turkish daughter” as well as “Sarajevo we have encircled you”.
Bosniaks faced years of not only terrorism but of ethnic cleansing and genocide because people like Karadzic inspired it, planned it, lead it, and implemented it. May he be sentenced to the most severe punishment that this court can hand out so as to send a message to all those who choose expansionist, ethnic cleansing, genocidal actions.