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Radovan Karadzic, Interview

Apr 7, 2011

Former President of Republika Srpska from 1992 to 1996, Radovan Karadjic is currently detained in the United Nations Detention Unit outside the Hague. Located on the Mediterranean coast, the unit is internationally known for its comfortable incarceration conditions and tight security. Karadjic is accused of war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

The trial of the former leader of Bosnian Serbs began on October 26, 2009. Karadjic is facing a total of 11 charges, including genocide, the violation of war laws established by the 1949 Geneva Convention and crimes against humanity during the Bosnian War between 1992 and 1995. If convicted, he may face up to a life sentence behind bars, which stipulates his transportation to a maximum-security prison.

Interview with the former President of the Serbia Republic Radovan Karadzic.


The whole world knows you as a politician, the former President of the Serbian Republic and a doctor of Psychiatry, but it is only here in Russia that You have been awarded the much-touted Mikhail Sholokhov literary prize, even though Your writings have on many occasions been published in the former Yugoslavia and in modern-day Serbia alike. A perfect case of a "prophet not recognized in his own land?"

I would like to think that my involvement in politics did not influence the jury to award the Mikhail Sholokhov prize. In any event, I am extremely grateful to have received this award. Very few poets are understood by the broad public. People don't have time and incentive to read subtle things because everyday life is very difficult. I don't think that I am more prophetic than any other human being but I may be listening more often to my soul. This is available to everyone. Our Lord Jesus Christ said that those who had eyes and ears would see and hear. Mohammed has determined that prayers are obligatory five times per day. I would advocate every human being to afford themselves as many "Saint Moments" as they need. Everyone would then be able to connect one's own depths with heavenly heights. And then everyone can see.


There is in the "Vseosen" book of verses, published in Russian in 2004, a poem called "Sarajevo". We believe that just about any Sarajevo resident - whether Serb, Croat or Muslim - can be easily identified with the poem's main character. In the "Situation" play You also describe Bosnia as "Serbian, Croatian and Muslim." Right now You are being accused of genocide. How would Your famous colleague, Sigmund Freud, have characterized a situation like this?

This poem was written 30 years ago. It didn't envisage the war, but rather general determination of our existence. We suffered not only earthquakes and industrial fog and smoke, but in the more profound sense the deterioration of human existence. The great Serbian writer Petar Kocic's character, David Strbac, said that Bosnia is neither David's, nor the Emperor's, nor Spahija's. The Communists used to say Bosnia is all Serbian, Croatian and Muslim. It seems to me that David Strbac was more correct. Then, and now, it is much easier to say what Bosnia is not, than to say what Bosnia is. As for the accusations against me, I suspect Sigmund Freud would respond to those who are accusing me to "take your projections back to you."


Your comic play "Situation" recently came out in Russian. One of its characters admits he feels no love for "humanists". Who do You mean by "humanists"?

By humanists I mean those who profess to act in the best interests of all of us. A great Russian poet said to the effect that, "we are in talons of the humanists". The easiest way to deceive the world is to do terrible things in the name of humanity. Remember how NATO labeled their bombardment of Yugoslavia in 1999 as Operation Merciful Angel. Nowadays, there are dangerous humanists all over the world making new nations, dictating cultures and creating political correctness. But the humanist phenomenon merits a new Sigmund Freud to analyze it, because it is completely false. The character in "Situation" implied humanists do to human beings what vegetarians do to vegetables.


Has Your perception of European values changed ever since, especially in the wake of the recent acknowledgement by Angela Merkel, David Cameron and Nicholas Sarkozy of the failure of the so-called "multiculturalism" concept"?

My perception of European values have not changed, because I think basic European values are eternal. As are all authentic values. But there is always the other side of the coin. I am not talking of the great villains from the past that used to burn Europe down. I am talking about a prevalence of those who are engineering nations and cultures. The great former French Prime Minister Edouard Balladur has written a book reaffirming that nation is a necessary framework for freedom, democracy, and above all for specific culture, as would do Mallraux. Those who would like us to be de-culturated - to destroy the richness and diversity of cultures - and be a mass of individuals-spenders instead of nations, would be destroying valuable resources in the same way that those who oppose biodiversity can destroy spices. If our creator wanted us to be homogeneous he would have easily made us that way. Europe's multiculturalism is threatened only by those who came to Europe to change it, rather than to benefit from it. But the main concern of mine is that the Serbian people may join the European Union at the moment it starts to lose its basic values and end in a sort of irreversible decadence, since it has already lost a lot of its spirituality, the European wealth party originates from the colonial times that are gone forever, and the Christian spirituality is the greatest opportunity. Without the supra-natural bread we will all suffer an endless hunger.



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