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The Balkan Ghosts

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Perhaps this is an astute observation of the Croatian mentality: people are constantly getting used to the eradication of previous memories. They are living without a definitive past, because that existence of the past was being banned again and again. Always there was someone who claimed to act in the name of historical justice to resign the past. It’s a pity that always this person or the oligarchy took advantage of nationalistic appeals, homogenization and mesmerized the common civilians, who were no mature political beings. Thus come the great tragedy that’s permeating the Balkans for so many centuries. The perversity of war is capable of stripping away all the intimacy, all the rationality, providing a sense of emptiness, void, and destiny that become inescapable. People become deprived of the possibility of choice and become embroiled in this seemingly eternal return of hatred. The defilement of individualism makes the person’s mind detached from the body, generating a prof...
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Perhaps this is an astute observation of the Croatian mentality: people are constantly getting used to the eradication of previous memories. They are living without a definitive past, because that existence of the past was being banned again and again. Always there was someone who claimed to act in the name of historical justice to resign the past. It’s a pity that always this person or the oligarchy took advantage of nationalistic appeals, homogenization and mesmerized the common civilians, who were no mature political beings. Thus come the great tragedy that’s permeating the Balkans for so many centuries. The perversity of war is capable of stripping away all the intimacy, all the rationality, providing a sense of emptiness, void, and destiny that become inescapable. People become deprived of the possibility of choice and become embroiled in this seemingly eternal return of hatred. The defilement of individualism makes the person’s mind detached from the body, generating a profound separation of the self and the body. One dimension of personality is this produced, reducing every person to a common denominator of nationality. Self-determination stinks of death, making the millions of deaths without values in front of the gigantic numbers. In front of this atrocious phenomenon, the author sighed with resignation: at least let others do it if our past must be blotted out. This seemingly eternal return of someone determining your own destiny and life is pathetic and pitiful indeed. Killing machines were produced, the youth generation completely stripped of possible future – the whole Croatian nation was stripped of a sense of future under communism – they were well-off compared to other communist countries and thus not ready to embrace the shock democracy therapy. Human disintegration in the process of becoming a refugee, the betrayal of neighbors and friends in wartime, and the possibility of war turning people to be opportunistic and reducing to a single dimension of revanchism all demonstrate how this war is proved to be breaking life into before and after, astoundingly different. The process of “otherization”, as described by the author in the process of treating refugees, adds on another dimension of wartime cruelty, which let people be unconsciously engaged in complicity and the perpetuation of war. To end, just to quote the author: we are the war, we are to blame, and we are ultimately responsible for each other.
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