Politics in September 1999

*Holbrook in BiH

Richard Holbrook, the American ambassador to the United Nations, visited Bosnia at the beginning of September. Probably the things were going badly here so boss Clinton decided to send Holbrook to solve the situation in peripheral parts of the United Kingdom of America.
He met with officials and quickly solved everything that Clinton didn't like and then he just left. Thanks to Holbrook, Bosnia and Herzegovina got a new national holiday. November 21, day when the Dayton was signed, replaced November 25, the good old date of Mrkonjic grad. As Holbrook said, such a decision of BH authorities " deeply touched the American government and especially citizens of Dayton, because Dayton and Sarajevo are bosom friends".
We should also mention that the BH government has finally accepted the conditions of capitalistic trash from McDonalds on opening their restaurants in Sarajevo. There was not much thinking, like Holbrook and McDonalds say. You know who the boss is, even in someone else's country. After refusing exploitation terms for several years, BH government fell on it's knees. McDOnalds , unfortunatelly, are moving in soon.
There are no reactions from the local grills yet.
There, BH government proved once more that it doesn't exist and that it would take just anyone from the world to come and make it respect all sorts of conditions. Eventually after some symbolic quarrels.
*Firing of Nikola Poplasen
Nikola Poplasen is finished. Who wants to remember, he was replaced from the function of president of Republika Srpska at the beginning of this year. Although he didn't care about that very much. And it didn't disturb him in performing his presidential duties. That's how it went on until the September.
Primeminister of RS, Milorad Dodik, said that the government has begun to implement the decision on denying rights of Nikola Poplasen, meaning - no more bodyguards, secretaries, cars... And finally no more presidential function. That's how Dodik clearly stated who is the current boss in Republika Srpska (aside from Bill Clinton of course). Also, in the press conference in Banja Luka he said that, in the future, Poplasen could visit the residence of RS government "only in case that he has been invited by the RS primeminister". And the PM is Dodik...
It is interesting that getting rid of Poplasen came just a couple of days after Holbrook's visit to BiH. Did Holbrook threat that he would limit the international aid if Dodik would allow Poplasen to screw the international Community? It's not hard to guess.
We'll talk about the new president soon.
*Terrorists with BH Passports
Thanks to the activities of some Bosnian politicians, international position of the country has been disturbed again.
Mehrez Ambouni, one of the close cooperators of Usam Bin Ladin, who is well-known and world wide wanted bomber, has been arrested at the Istanbul air-port. That wouldn't be too exciting if he was not arrested with Bosnian passport. Now, that's the problem. Especially for the BH government and those who issued the passport.
At the moment when the Western colonizers are trying to purify Bosnia from the influence of the bad East they are shocked with the fact that this Bosnia is still a homeground for international terrorists. Especially radical islam terrorists. This puts BH government, or it's Bosniak part, into a bad position. In this way, their connection with islamic terrorist organizations who were active in Bosnia during the war, has been made public. And members of these organizations stayed in the country and got the citizenship. There is even some information that Bin Ladin himself has Bosnian papers. Anything is possible, although employers in ministry of foreign affairs are trying to prove otherwise in panic.
How is this going to effect the relationship of the country with the International Community? And for how long will it be possible to lead the double standard policy. Not for long. At the momemt when international community, guided by Americans, is more successful in controling Balkan territories, it is unreal to expect that they would allow the development of islamic terrorist movement in the heart of Europe. On the other hand, the brains of the movement will not give up their appetites so easily. And how this will effect the Bosnian reputation could be seen through common folk who won't be able to go further than their own toilets.
*Conflict of self-willness and collective
Except for international, during the last days of September Bosnia and Herzegovina also has been disturbed on domestic level. The 10-month union of three members of the presidency - Alija Izetbegovic, Ante Jelavic and Zivko Radisic, broke up.
Izetbegovic went to visit Turkey and islamic countries without the consent of other two members. And there's the problem. Does Izetbegovic have the right and authoritie to equal private and state affairs. And to qualify private as state affairs. According to him, he does. According to others, not really.
After 10 months of presidential activities, Izetbegovic realizes that the "East friends" are much better for cooperation. This gives the right to Jelavic to visit Zagreb with the same excuse - such visit is in favor of his country. Or is it in the favor of Croatia, Turkey and other countries with territorial and other appetites on BiH.
According to Izetbegovic's office, this visit is clearly economic and it should be regarded as such. Although Izetbegovic's opponents disagree. Previous visits were also economic and today we have terrorists like Ambouni walking around with Bosnian passports.
Izetbegovic is coming home soon and this episode will get it's finish. Or the plot is just going to begin. Zivko Radisic found himself in the worst position in this story. At the moment, the list of countries he could visit is getting shorter. There is no use to visit Milosevic lately, and Russia, Greece and China are not dealing with the problems of their friends from RS as they used to.
*Mostar under blockade
Four years after the war, Mostar is under blockade again. SFOR blocked the central parts of the city in September. But the reason for this is different than several years ago.
During tha last 15 days, four investigators of war crime from the International Court for War Crimes in Hague, have been staying in Mostar. The town was blocked on one September Wednesday when the investigators examined a previous object of HVO which was the operation center during the war. Also, the objects where there is the court, the prison and the federal police. With the same goal, of course - to find evidence for crimes commited during the 1993 Bosniak-Croat conflict.
According to our Mostar friends, West Mostar is in the state of paranoia. The mayor, Ivan Prskalo, was shocked with this action of SFOR and investigators. Especially considering that they are digging through his unpopular war history. The action itself took place in "his" western Mostar. Any time the word Hague comes up it brings fear in entire West Mostar, not just Prskalo. This was said by international officials stationed in Mostar. The situation in East Mostar is mostly normal. Investigators haven't come to their archives yet. Mayor Prskalo is complaining that the action was sudden and not announced. Even the investigators are not that naive. If you ask Prskalo, they should have called first so they could have destroyed the evidence in the meantime. And then all visitors would be welcome.
Still, this action is not surprising. Especially not in the moment of prepairing the trial for Mladen 'Tuta' Naletelic and Vinko 'Stela' Martinovic who are at the top of the Hague blacklist and because of them Croatia could get sanctions if it refuses to give them up. HVO camps and crimes commited by BH Army in Neretva valley during 1993 are probably the main interest of the inverstigators.
Of course, it is hard to find out from the local media what is really happening in Mostar. Both sides stick to their truths while the Mostar office of the International Community is silent.
The investigation is still going on, and it's end and the results are still unknown. But it is easy to asume that Hague cells will have few more rats after this action.