A Power Game Made in Serbia

by Mile N. Tankosic

December 10, 2001

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If you pick up any Serbian daily these days, you'll read about a motion to dismiss Mr. Dragan Marshichanin. The mentioned gentleman is the vice president of the Democratic Party of Serbia (DSS), headed by Yugoslavia's President Mr. Vojislav Kostunica. He is also Predsednik Narodne Skupshtine, or the National Parliament President (think Speaker of the House) — a rather powerful position.

There are only two real parties in Serbia — Djindjich's Democratic party (DS) and Kostunica's DSS. The former is all too eager to 'co-operate' with the western humanitarians of fame, a.k.a. the International Community, a.k.a. the Imperium, while the latter, well, isn't.

The issue of 'co-operation' — that is, a hundred-percent surrender of sovereignty and independence — is a major issue. Everything else gyrates around it; every other problem and issue is overshadowed by and subjugated to 'The Hague Issue' — even the abysmal social standard of the Serbian people.

Even when the 'reformers' talk about the sad standard of living (which happens, again, only when they feel they can exploit the citizens' misery), they always mention that the 'eventual higher standard of living is closely intertwined with the issue of co-operation with The Hague, to which we are bound by international....blah-blah-blah...', which, of course, is an utter lie. Everything is sacrificed for the 'The Reforms'. Even the nation itself.

Ergo, the game the 'democratic' leaders in Belgrade are playing against Mr. Kostunica — and the entire Serbian nationalist block in fact — is one about pure, brute and unrestricted power. The DSS is the last obstacle to their (read: Djindjich's) absolute control over Serbia. They already have all the major Ministries and institutions — the Justice Ministry, the Interior Ministry (both on the Serbian and Yugoslav levels), the financial institutions, all the major factories are run by Djindjich's cronies, the media are as servile and unassuming as never before and almost all are, in some way, connected or controlled by Djindjich... In short, déjà vu all over again. Not to mention that the richest region of Serbia, the province of Vojvodina, is entirely run by Djindjich's mobsters. (The northeastern region of Serbia, Banat, which is, administratively, a part of the Province of Vojvodina, produces some 90% of Yugoslavia's oil and gas.)

But why this entire harangue about Mr. Speaker's dismissal? Well, the 'reformers', headed by a scoundrel slicker than a greased weasel — the mentioned Zoran Djindjich, Serbia's PM and the Democratic Party (DS) leader — cannot afford the luxury of not having one of their cronies presiding over the Parliament anymore. The 'reformers' want to extradite yet another Yugoslav citizen (this time the SITTING president of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Milan Milutinovich. You know, Clown del Ponte is getting pissed off a bit. There hasn't been an extradition for a whole month!), so they've started a motion in Parliament to dismiss the Parliament's President.

They say he 'abused the position of power'. Wow, hearing this from the people who have been extraditing Yugoslav citizens in flagrant breach of the Constitution makes you want to read Orwell again!

But why remove Mr. Marshichanin? Well, because Serbia has no vice president and in case something happens to the President (like, oh, say, him being kidnapped and sold off to a supranational kangaroo court), the Parliament's President becomes the Serbian Head of State.

However, this is very, very inconvenient because the Speaker of the House comes from Mr. Kostunica's party (DSS). Moreover, he is the party's vice president. The President of Serbia has a lot of power vested in him by the Constitution and the 'reformers' just can't afford the luxury of having an 'unreformer' for Serbia's Speaker of the House (the next of kin to the President, so to say).

They want to be damn sure that when they extradite the sitting President of Serbia that they will have their man to replace him. But before they extradite the President, they have to make sure that the Speaker of the House is removed and replaced by a 'suitable' persona because Mr. Marshichanin sure as hell won't be dancing to a 'reformist' tune.

What has this got to do with The Issue (The Hague), you ask? See, the 'reformers' want to block the Law on Cooperation with the Hague Tribunal which is presently being prepared by the DSS. The reformers to block such a reforming law? Oh, yeah! With the law in place, summary arrests and extraditions, not unlike the ones we have witnessed this past year and to which our 'democratic' government has grown so accustomed, would be much harder to pull off. In fact, they would be nearly impossible. Thus, Mr. Milan Milutinovich — and every other blacklisted Yugoslav citizen — would be harder to extradite (read: to be arrested at 3 a.m. on a sacred national holiday and dragged off to the dungeons of Den Haag).

But what the Djindjich Clan cares about is pure power, so they will be using (actually, they are using it already) the Hague to eliminate their political opponents (Milutinovich, maybe Sheshelj, the 'unreformist' high-ranking officers of the Yugoslav Army and the Police, etc.) or to score some international points and show the world that they are 'democratic' by sending some poor soul to The Hague. As for the domestic opponents... Well, they'll be dealt with the old style, the Chicago 1920s style.

And behind all this we find a sick, manic thirst for absolute power. One respected western-leaning Serbian columnist called Djindjich 'Mali Sloba' (Little Sloba; Sloba being Miloshevich's nickname). That just about sums it all up. Serbia is being Americanized... Welcome to the New World Order!

But eh, don't worry, Djindjich is the International Community's own 'Little Sloba,' the darling of our Western humanitarians and the latest 'freedom fighter' for the Imperium. So, Miloshevich was a bad, bad, bad tyrant but 'Little Sloba' is a peace-loving and compassionate humanitarian who in the name of freedom and democracy is slowly but surely overtaking the Serbian nation as well as its citizens' destinies; and the puppet has free reign as its masters are up to new grandiose humanitarian campaigns in Central Asia.

Meantime, what will we tell our children and our grandchildren? What kind of country, if any, will we leave to their generation? MacSerbia with a golden Arch?


       Mile N. Tankosic, born 22 years ago in Zrenjanin, Banat, Serbia, is currently living in Canada, where he works as a freelance web-designer. Tankosic's interests include history, politics, music, graphic design, photography and web development.

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