Based on the concept of the former demolished Yugoslavia, unimaginative Americans, after all those victims and fighting, again want those same peoples to forget what happened yesterday and again live in a united state. Bosnian Serbs didn't want to leave Yugoslavia in 1991, but those who did want to leave wanted to take others with them.
What do Serbs want? Nothing more than what the others are given. Even less. They want to be able to elect their own representatives in their own state and not in that American cosmetic and imposed state, founded for a second time in fifty years, and which has so far existed only during the quiet periods between the wars. American politicians and world policemen sometimes forget themselves in their rage and say things which serious diplomats shouldn't say. Without trial and due process of law, American State secretary said that the president of the Srpska Republic, a state which the Americans had recognized within the framework of the Union of Bosnia-Hercegovina, and the commander in chief of that entity's army, which will remain as a legal army of the Republic of Srpska, was a war criminal.
A democratic state usually waits for the due process of law before passing a judgment on someone. Here, without a trial and defense, Mr. Christopher passes judgment and blackmails, replaces and tries to name new presidents and military commanders in the RS. Maybe these are his wishes but, out of diplomatic tact, he could have kept them for the end of maltreatment, pressures and blackmail to which the negotiation team from FR Yugoslavia and the RS was exposed.
This way, he has explicitly stated the American goal: to replace the political and military leadership in the RS, to impose constitutional and territorial solutions in such a way that the RS legally exists in order to give concessions to the Republic of Croatia and the government in Sarajevo, and then quietly disappears. Why else the support for, as they said, "democrats", just and democratic elections when at their start it is determined who can and who cannot be elected in those elections? Elections are not free if even one man is not allowed to vote, despite his legal rights. This way, the two key personalities in the RS, at least during these five war years, won't now, despite the will of the people be allowed to run for office, because of the "democratic world policeman's" diktat.
The elections in the RS will show the people's choice. This can be done without suggestions, whispering and imposition of certain solutions from the outside. Experience from the Republic Srpska Krajina is still fresh, and too painful to permit us to toy with imposed leaders and people without grass root support.
The details of the Dayton negotiations which have been leaked to the public, clearly show that there is a firm will to establish peace in the territory of the former Yugoslavia, but not a just and lasting peace. It is clear that all of us have had more than enough of this war but even a peace has an alternative if it doesn't bring anything better than war. Certain uncertainty and the loss of statehood, uncertain survival of the nation, perpetual fear and hopelessness in the offered peace are worse than war which at least offers a hope for better tomorrow. I'm not supporting a war option; on the contrary, I'm simply reacting to the irritating motto which says that "Peace Has No Alternative". Those who say so, it seems, haven't prepared well for serious negotiations, since they surrender in advance by offering peace at any price.
Peace at any price, even in these difficult times, is not the best solution for the Serbs. It is necessary to achieve that the RS has, nothing more, but simply the same rights and obligations as the Croatian-Muslim alliance. In that case, the Union has a chance to, as a temporary solution, offer peace. The peace is needed in this moment, but a just peace without blackmail, lies and malice. There was more than enough of that in this war. The same can be said for certain streets and markets in Sarajevo. Hopefully there won't be any more of that after Dayton. Let the Americans have glory, let them direct history and throw spectacles. We need peace. Anyway, the Americans don't have their own history and can do with a bit of ours and, the Serbs, it is well known, suffer from a surplus of historical facts, personalities and events.