Čiste namjere / Pure Intent

One day the misery will be defeated....and we will be the parents of many children of many races

02.05.2011.

I thought we were better....

I'm not sure what's happened to us here in Sarajevo. I remember well when Israel attacked both Lebanon and Gaza...and at least people here were sad, angry, and even a small handful took to the streets.

I've said this a million times. If anyone knows what it's like to be under siege, to be left to fend for yourselves, to be abandoned by the 'civilized' world...then that would be Sarajlija. Yet Misrata in Libya barely even makes the headlines, let alone spark a spontaneous show of solidarity.

I'm convinced that the siege of Sarajevo ended, at least in part, to the passionate no names around the world who really cared - and stood up for - Sarajevo. The war here mobilized an invisible army of sympathizers worldwide. And we now sit quietly....in our own misery....without as much as a peep about the people of Misrata.

I can understand all the excuses why. But they are just that...excuses. I thought we were better than that. We should be better than that. Peace to the people of Misrata.

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What is cista namjera
Although i have become an honorary balkanite, one thing that truly bothers me is how distrustful we are of each other and how quick we are to criticize without necessarily knowing all the facts. I will certainly criticize...and rant & rave about the environment and other things that get ispod moj koze. But i promise to do it with the pure intent. No lies. No bull shit. And entirely open to criticism.

about me
I am a semi-nomadic global activist...bosnaphile, ecologist, hiker, writer, new yorker/sarajevan. Bosnia and Herzegovina has been my home after i hitchhiked from Germany to BiH on Christmas day 1992. People always ask me what was the hardest thing about coming to Bosnia during those times. My answer is always the same...'leaving!'

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This blog isn't about me. It's about us. I'd love to hear from you...your comments, complaints, suggestions, passions, fears, whatever. What I'd rather not have is a stupid nationalistic exchange on who did what, when. I'm not interested in finger pointing but constructive dialog. If you happen to be one of those negativci...leave your negative energy somewhere else please. Hvala.

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