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English11/02/2019

PROPAGANDA AS THE ONLY TRUTH

 

Short-term and insincere media crawling out of its own political skin will end with going back to the safe comfort of a routine anti-Serb hysteria. As soon as the sports flame goes out, the flame of political games and orchestrated hatred will be lit.

 

By Nenad Tadic

BIJELJINA, February 11 /SRNA/ - A speech of the BiH Presidency Chair Milorad Dodik at the opening ceremony of the winter European Youth Olympic Festival /EYOF 2019/ has caused an expected and an unexpected reaction - boos from the consumers of the Bosniak media and a glaring absence of triumph in those media.

The level of demonization of Dodik in the Sarajevo political sphere and then in the society too has long crossed the red line of tolerance so the public display of intolerance was expected, but sweeping the whole thing under the rug and quick oblivion is a whole new thing.

One day after the EYOF 2019 opening ceremony, the focus of the Sarajevo media shifted on the memory of the Winter Olympics 1984 and a theory of BiH unity and other propaganda topics.

That is why the public display of intolerance /a mild form of hatred/ against a legitimate representative of one of the three constituent peoples does not fit in the whole story at all.

The news about an attempt at humiliating the Russian ambassador Petr Ivantsov, who was trying to get into the Kosevo stadium through several entrances but was prevented by the security, echoed widely.

The unprecedented scandal which ended with the Ambassador asking /according to the Sarajevo media/: “Do I have to call Dodik to enter the stadium normally?” was immediately removed from the list of information along with a propaganda comment that the “Sarajevo guys” helped the ambassador.

When you add to the mix the fact that yet another runaway Mujahideen is searched for around the ravines of the “multi-ethnic” Federation of BiH, as well as the total crisis and chaos between the Bosniaks and Croats concerning the formation of government, it is clear that the Kosevo embarrassment was not desired by those who had caused it - the Sarajevo politicians.

Amid some kind of media attention the world has for BiH, usually a place of bad news, the latest demonization of imaginary opponents as a permanent weapon of Sarajevo politicians turns on its creators.
In an enthusiastic creation of a false social idyll and seeking a backing in what was dismantled 25 years ago /in which act the Sarajevo politics played a major role/, any manifestation of long-lasting propaganda strategy, like intolerance of others, is not desirable because it is true.

But, the truth and its horrible consequences on what is called the “BiH society” /if that’s what you can call a long-divided country/ have long been banished from the Bosniak politics, closed up in national ideas which died with the disintegration of Yugoslavia.

The pathetic and insincere currying favours with foreign reporters who finally had a look at the “forgotten planet” called Sarajevo in articles reading that Dodik was “booed as well as applauded” at the stadium, is going to be replaced by everyday doses of “hating on” just a day after the student competition ends.

Short-term and insincere media crawling out of its own political skin will end with going back to the safe comfort of a routine anti-Serb hysteria.

As soon as the sports flame goes out, the flame of political games and orchestrated hatred will be lit.

Ant that is something that reminds one of the Winter Olympics 1984. Then, a few years after the athletes left, the state left too. /end/ds