'The yes campaign was much more vivid, inclusive and visible than the no campaign and this was its greatest strength. But it also made them vulnerable. Such was the broad spectrum of yes groups that it was impossible to impose a structured discipline on them.'
say it all really
TTIP is lame:
'It was never about sovereignty. The right is more than happy to surrender British sovereignty to corporations. When Cameron vetoed an EU treaty in 2011, it was not the national interest he was safeguarding, but the City’s. ‘
'Take Australia, which signed an investment treaty with Hong Kong in 1993. When Australia’s federal government introduced legislation to enforce plain cigarette packaging, the Asian arm of the cigarette company Philip Morris used the treaty to sue it.’
Armanando Ianucci dropping truth bombs:
'The two numbers I take away from this week are not 55% or 45% but 84.5% and 16. 84.5% is the extraordinary turnout from Thursday, and 16 is the age from which those people could vote.'
'Disengagement from the public has been a conscious tactic of the political parties. They have concentrated aggressively on a minority in the middle, the 100,000 or so who make all the difference in key marginal constituencies. Forgotten now are people at the edges, the non-voters, the marginalised, the claimants. They won't vote, so why bother canvassing them? In fact, why bother targeting any policies at them? Far better to demonise them in the eyes of those who will vote.'
politics has to start mattering to people
also this is good:
'How do you knit back together a society when those primarily responsible for tearing it apart don’t believe they did anything wrong?'
'At least initially, this spirit of moral equivalence was shared by many of the outside powers that might have helped bring the carnage to an end. Well into 1993, the ongoing Bosnian tragedy provoked intense hand-wringing in Washington and Western European capitals. When finally the sheer scale of Serbian atrocities compelled the international community to act, it was with an ever-changing grab bag of half-measures, all of them overseen by a political and military chain of command so complex as to induce paralysis.'
…’Driving the white U.N. vehicles and donning the blue U.N. helmets they had taken from the Dutch, the Serbs lured many out of the forest by claiming to be U.N. soldiers there to rescue them. Within days, all these captives, along with those taken at the Potocari compound, had been led to the killing fields.’
'Muslims, who made up three-quarters of the population before the war, are now a minority [in Srebenica]. That shift is largely explained by the fact that the district is now a part of the Republic of Srpska, which was allowed to remain in existence after the brokered end of the war.'
To Milos Milanovic, a Serbian member of the Srebrenica City Council, that’s the best that can be hoped for. “There is never any discussion about these things, only arguing,” he told me. During the war, Milanovic, now 50, was a member of the Srspka armed forces and was present at the fall of Srebrenica. “It’s mostly propaganda,” he said of the numbers killed in the July 1995 massacre. “The Muslims have even presented our victims as their victims. They need to keep the death count high to present Serbs as the only criminals and to cover up their own war crimes.”
The annual July 11 ceremony is especially galling to Milanovic, and as a city councilman he has proposed that any municipal funds spent on that event be matched by a fund to commemorate Serb victims. “I think this is the only way we can start to get past the Muslim manipulations,” he said.
This historical revisionism is evident throughout the Drina River basin. Perhaps its most startling manifestation is a 25-foot-high Christian cross in Kravica, a village 10 miles west of Bratunac, erected to honor the “3,267 Serb martyrs” from the district who were killed in the war’
The Dayton Accords were weird, and Bosnia is still stuck with their boundaries:
'Because neither side had been militarily defeated, the Dayton accords laid out a novel solution: The Bosnia and Herzegovina government would be joined in a confederation with that of the Republic of Srpska, while each would maintain its separate status through an “inter-entity boundary line.”
As for just how this nonintegrated integration was to be achieved, Dayton laid out a comprehensive blueprint that included the establishment of a joint parliament, a co-presidency and a mixed judiciary. At the same time, there would be a thorough accounting of supposed war crimes, with those indicted made to stand trial. With the path eased by the generous response of the international community — billions of dollars in foreign aid earmarked for development and reconstruction — the hope was that the two communities would gradually come to regard the notion of parallel governments in such a tiny nation as a kind of embarrassing anachronism and would move toward full unification.’
'By 2006, with the Bush administration mired in far more pressing foreign issues, the European Union had effectively taken over the running of the O.H.R. and displayed little interest in using its “soft power” to force reform. Unfortunately that coincided with the return to power in Srpska of Milorad Dodik, a former basketball player turned politician.
As prime minister of Srpska in the late 1990s, Dodik was regarded as a moderate and conciliatory figure, but he reconstituted himself as a Serb ultranationalist for his political comeback in 2006. Dodik repeatedly sought to scuttle whatever fragile power-sharing systems had been achieved and to portray the Serbs as the true victims of the war.’
'Dodik chose a memorial service in Bratunac on the day after the 15th anniversary of Srebrenica to assert, “If a genocide happened, then it was committed against Serb people of this region, where women, children and the elderly were killed en masse.”
The efficacy of this shift is clear. Running as a moderate in 1998, Dodik became prime minister only by forming a coalition with other political parties. Running as an ultranationalist in 2010, he received more votes than the nine other candidates combined.’