In yesterday’s issue of NIN weekly, Serbian political commentator Aleksandar Tijanic writes about the late PM Zoran Djindjic and his alleged nemesis, Colonel Milorad “Legija” Lukovic, deconstructing them both as the same type of character, the ambition-driven worshipper of violence and coercion.
The Serbian press is generally statist, though on occasion critical of individuals. Tijanic’s deconstruction, though, comes close to questioning the entire system of violence that calls itself a government and hides behind nonsensical terms such as “democracy.”
Here are just a few excerpts from the piece, which can be found (in Serbian) at [url=http://www.nin.co.yu/2003-08/29/30558.html]NIN’s website[/url]:
– “Djindjic and Legija were cast from the same mold for producing modern heroes. Both led their believers in the manner of cult leaders. They made their own laws, meted out rewards and punishments. They used the same methods of recruiting and drilling, projected the same feeling of superiority, shared the grandeur, design, and insensivity to the pain and tragedy of others.”
– “Any questioning of their absolute dominance was considered an unforgivable gesture of hostility.”
– “Their lives, not their deaths, heralded the demise of the state.”
– “The system which created this mythical duo did not die with them. Oh, no. It killed them in order to ensure its own survival.”