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TiM Bulletin 2011-03b

June 6, 2011

Catching flak from "hot heads" while shattering some popular Serb myths

Sometimes Truth Hurts, But It Always Sets You Free

Sometimes, the hardest thing to do is look in the mirror with eyes wide open and keep an open mind about what you're seeing; Words to the Wise from the Wise



 "Then you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free" [click here re. John 8:32]



Catching flak from "hot heads" while shattering some popular Serb myths

Sometimes Truth Hurts, But It Always Sets You Free

Sometimes, the hardest thing to do is look in the mirror with eyes wide open and keep an open mind about what you seeing

When this writer published the essay on war and peace "Beat Swords into Plowshares" last week, he figured he would catch some flak from hot-headed Serb chauvinists who are still trying to fight the Balkan wars from their living room couches or computer desktops.  And he did.  Some Serb readers reacted on cue, attacking the messenger of the truth they did not like.  

Well, now they also know that the Truth in Media really is a quest for the truth.  Sometimes the truth hurts.  Just as this writer kept unveiling unpopular truths relentlessly in the 1990s, defending the likes of Mladic and Karadzic during the early years of the war in the face of the western media lies and deceptions, now this essay is seen as shattering popular myths about the former Serb leaders.

Why did I write it? Because "the truth shall set you free."  I no more want to live in bondage of the Serb mendacity than I did as a slave of the New World Order's deceptions.  So I invite all open-minded people in Serbia and elsewhere around the world to look in the mirror and liberate themselves by purging hate and intolerance from their hearts and minds (also see Words to the Wise from the Wise).

And then let the courts do what they are supposed to - determine the truth and administer justice.  In the end, we will all be judged fairly and accurately - by the Creator, as the late Serb Patriarch Pavle told this writer:

"It is not for us to judge (other people)," Patriarch Pavle told me during our first meeting (in 1991). "That's something God will do. All we can do is try to do our best. (And trust that) He will weigh everything precisely and fairly." (see this writer's Washington Times column, Feb 1997)

Ever since the Battle of Kosovo in 1389, the Serbs have excelled at victimhood and war hero worship. The time has come now to try for a much harder role - being peacetime heroes.  That takes humility and compassion.  It also takes a lot of guts.  For, the enemy is that face in the mirror.  Vuk Jeremic is one of the Serbs willing to look in the mirror and face the truth.  See what the Serbian Foreign Minister has to say about war and peace...

HAIKU, Maui, June 6 - It was heartening for this writer to learn that there are some (young) Serbs who are already on the path of potential peacetime heroes. One of them is Vuk Jeremic (pronounced Yeremich - click here for a bio - the name Vuk means Wolf).  At 35, Jeremic (left) is one of the youngest foreign ministers in the world.  He is also one of the longest-serving ones, having held this post for almost four years now.  A graduate in theoretical physics from Queen's College at the Cambridge University in England, he also earned a master's degree in public administration from Harvard.  Jeremic is the epitome of victory of love over intolerance.  His father is Serbian, his mother Bosnian Muslim. The Serb foreign minister is married to Natasa, a news anchor on Serbian national TV (right). 

Jeremic happened to be in the U.S. at the time of Gen. Ratko Mladic's extradition to the Hague.  On June 2, the day this writer penned the  "Beat Swords into Plowshares" essay, Jeremic gave an interview to Charlie Rose, a popular TV news talk show host.  If most Serbs reasoned as he does, they'd be much happier people, and the nation would be much better off.  So there is nothing that this writer wishes to add or subtract from what this young man has said.

If you want to fast-forward to this segment of the show, the Jeremic interview starts at about 12:00 minutes.  The clip below begins at about 23:30 mins, just as the two begin to talk about Mladic's extradition to the Hague.  If you back up the video, you can also watch the earlier segment (between 12:00 and 23:30 mins).

Vuk Jeremic, Serbia's Foreign Affairs Minister, Charlie Rose interview (June 2, 2011)


As for those Serbs whose minds are open, and who would like to learn more about the evidence presented at the Hague War Crimes Tribunal, here's its web site:

Words to the Wise from the Wise...

"Minds are like parachutes, they work best when open." (Lord Thomas Dewar)

"At a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act." (George Orwell)

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self-evident." (Arthur Schopenhauer)

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." (Albert Einstein)

"The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants." (Albert Camus)

"Journalists say a thing they know isn't true in the hope that, if they keep saying it long enough, it will become true." (Arnold Bennett)

"Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise." (Thomas Gray)


Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary re. John 8:30-36: Christ spoke of spiritual liberty; but carnal hearts feel no other grievances than those that molest the body, and distress their worldly affairs. Talk to them of their liberty and property, tell them of waste committed upon their lands, or damage done to their houses, and they understand you very well; but speak of the bondage of sin, captivity to Satan, and liberty by Christ; tell of wrong done to their precious souls, and the hazard of their eternal welfare, then you bring strange things to their ears. Jesus plainly reminded them, that the man who practiced any sin, was, in fact, a slave to that sin, which was the case with most of them. Christ in the gospel offers us freedom, he has power to do this, and those whom Christ makes free are really so. But often we see persons disputing about liberty of every kind, while they are slaves to some sinful lust.


Bob Djurdjevic is a former war correspondent from Bosnia and Serbia.  He is also a thrice-ordained Inca-trained shaman, writer, musician and consultant based in Maui, Hawaii.  You can find more of his stories at (arts & spirituality),  (geopolitical) and (business).


Also check out...  Milosevic: Who Says There's No Death Penalty at the Hague?  (Mar 2006); Rise and Fall of General Perisic: From Hero to Snitch  (Mar 2005); The End Game Is Near: Kosovo, Montenegro Next Serb Dominos to Fall? (May 1996); "The Woman Who Broke Gen. Mladic's Heart" (Mar 1996);  Bosnia: What’s the Full Truth? (Letter to Wall Street Journal, Feb 1996); Bosnia War Diary (July 1994); All in a Day's Work (Karadzic) (July 1995); Wartime Diary Notes about Karadzic, Krajisnik (May 1994); "Collateral Damage" Hits Home (9/11/11)

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