by Igor GAJIC
That is why the condemnation of violence after the game coming from the politicians in the Republic of Srpska does not go beyond condemnation of violence, while the reactions from the Federation BH mostly talk about "unruly groups, condemned by everyone". After the events in connection with the laying of the corner stone for the reconstruction of the Ferhadija mosque in Banja Luka, all the relevant factors in the Federation BH hastened to condemn "the horrendous construction named the Republic of Srpska, inhabited by Nazis". Politicians from Srpska took a defensive stance, trying to find space for escape in politics and seeking a convincing excuse for the representatives of the international community.
After numerous appearances in the media, it seems it hasn't occurred to anyone that there is a law and legal procedure, according to which attackers are to be prosecuted; ten days after the incident no one recalled the name of the elderly man who died in Banja Luka after a beating. Soon, no one will be able to recall the name of the young man who lost an eye after being beaten in Sarajevo, after the game. Nevertheless, both after the Ferhadija incident and the game in Sarajevo, many were happy with the consequences. Each one for his own reasons.
Pride: After the Ferhadija incidents, several policemen were fired; Sarajevo denouement will be similar. No one will wonder whether a law aiming to stop all those who deliberately set those people at each other throats should be enacted. Before the game, it was known that the majority of soccer fans from Srpska would support Yugoslavia, if not because they truly love it, than because it is playing against Bosnia-Hercegovina. It was predictable that the reaction to chants "Allah is great" will be chants praising Radovan Karadzic.
Is Reis Ceric [leader of Bosnian Muslims] proud of his youths who were again setting up barricades in Sarajevo "in the name of God", the city that was pushed down a deadly path ten years ago by similar barricades? Was he proud of his attacks on Slobodna Bosna? Was he proud of condemning all Serbs as fascists? Will Reis Ceric be held responsible for his actions? No, he won't!
He won't, just like no one among those who in the second try laid the corner stone for the reconstruction of the Ferhadija mosque. Several "deviant youths" will be prosecuted. Everyone will condemn them, but none among those who incited them and who continue to lead their nations in the war against those others and those who smile at us from the election billboards inviting us to the better future, lying to their voters. That is why perhaps the most honest reaction came from the former Prime Minister of Srpska, Milorad Dodik, and the president of the Soccer Association of Srpska, Milan Jelic. The former went to the game to support Yugoslavia, expressing his sentiments, while the latter did not attend the game because he was aware that the game definitely hadn't been organized to prepare the two teams for the forthcoming qualification round for the European soccer championship. The rest, with fake smiles and fake support, prayed to God to provide violence and incidents. It would come handy for the election, and all of them were aware that no one from Srpska would support a team in which Serbs play only because the OHR had decreed so.