Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Madness? This is BOSNIA!

To say that Bosnia-Herzegovina is a strange place would be an understatement. Little about that country makes sense. It is theoretically one state, comprised of two "entities" (a Republic and a Federation) and a District (which isn't the capital). It has three major ethnic groups, five Presidents and thirteen Prime Ministers. No one knows exactly how many people live in the country, because there hasn't been a census since the war - and some politicians are blocking a new census from being conducted. Though nominally independent and sovereign, the ultimate authority in the country is a viceroy (called "High Representative") acting on behalf of a self-appointed group of external powers (called the "Peace Implementation Council"). And there is no such thing as a "Bosnian," strictly speaking; one is either a Serb, Croat, "Bosniak" (Slavic convert to Islam) or "other." To keep the (uneasy) peace between them, ethnic quotas are enshrined in the Constitution.

In short, the place is a mess of epic proportions. But just as I think that it cannot possibly get any crazier, something happens along to prove me wrong.

The internet is a wonderful place insofar as it allows ordinary folk, like yours truly, to share their thoughts and ideas with the general public without dealing with governmental or big business gatekeepers. Whereas you can be reasonably certain that the governments and the official media will lie to you about any given issue any given time, with the internet you have to make your own decision about what is true and what is a howling blast of nonsense.

It isn't the fault of Blogger, or Wordpress, or the do-it-yourself PR portal "i-Newswire" that some of their users may be raving lunatics, or folks a few beers short of a six-pack. But when I saw a link to a release on i-Newswire two days ago announcing that the "Bosnian Royal Family" has reasserted sovereignty, my jaw came very close to hitting the floor.

Quoth the release:

Under international law and customs pertinent to monarchical reinstatements, the Bosnian Royal Family recently reclaimed their "divine right to sovereignty". The claim was met by 85% public approval, but also by insults from the media financed by NED, USAID, etc. The Bosnian medieval state thrived between 1153 and 1527, when the Ottomans committed regicide of the last Prince-pretend and established their first occupying administration. Bosnia has not had her own sovereign de jure (a monarch; a president) ever since.

While it is true enough that the Ottoman Turks killed the last king of Bosnia (also the last despot of Serbia), that was in 1463, not in 1527. But the real howler here is the line about "85% public approval." How could they possibly tell? What public? Bosnia is so fragmented, this kind of polling is just plain impossible.

At first I thought this was some kind of practical joke, like the pranks played by a group of Serbian linguists over the past few years, who would plant false news and then mock the gullible press for taking them at face value. But this "royal family" seems to be taking itself seriously. This is also indicated by the tone of their press release, which goes on to accuse the powers administering Bosnia of working " the interest of none other but the Anglo-Zionist geostrategy, apparently aimed at destabilizing the continental (mainly Catholic) Europe..."

Just the other day someone asked me why I never tried my hand at writing fiction. How can I, with stuff like this existing in actual reality? A fiction writer who imagined this "royal family" would be laughed out of any serious publishing house. Yet here they are, quite real.

In 2002, British peacekeepers found a man living in the mountains of Western Bosnia with only a bear for company. He didn't know the war had ended (well, sort of), but he seemed remarkably sane, all things considered. Perhaps he was on to something.


Asteri said...

As the last King of Bosnia was also prince of Serbia, wouldn't it make Aleksandar Karadjordjevic the current pretender?

Charles Crawford said...

I've looked at their site. Hard to fathom what they 'really' want, other than to rail against the centuries-long British(?) plan to Slavicise the Balkans. The emphasis on Bosanci (Bosnians) is, if anything, welcome after all that apartheid-syle language of the Dayton constitution.

The level of energy and intense dottiness here is impressive. But not untypical. Every day The Queen gets sent long, complex letters revealing all sorts of interesting and dangerous global conspiracies about which I suspect she previously was unaware.

Yet someone must be writing them. Perhaps we have walked past some of these people in the street or chatted to them at the water-cooler - without realising who they are! Disconcerting

Serb Unification Org said...

I found that it is 85% of 2191votes polled between June-September 2010. You can find it on this tragic website.Desperate times call for ludicrous measures that fail. I smell a turning point.

Gray Falcon said...

Well done. But to conflate 2000 visitors to a website with "public opinion" is either evil, or just plain stupid. As I keep saying, folks like this make the shepherd who lived with bears seem a paragon of sanity.

Eugene Costa said...

One notes the much more dangerous proposal for the Serbs by selected Serbs--the proposal to get rid of conscription. This will be an utter disaster, and just what the US Imperialists and their
European clients want.

In fact the neo-Fascist German defense minister wants the same in Germany--all a prelude to a worldwide Imperialist army of mercenaries and contractors, as is the case in the US.

Serb Unification Org said...

The chap in question here seems highly educated and articulate, yet seemingly disjointed in this case.

Perhaps the other "E" word, eccentricity is best describing these style of chaps, until offcourse left untreated leading to a Jones or Koresh style outcome, remember them?

The website and blog have similair signs of a fly by night scheme, the website around for 5 months to date, 1500 unique visitors to August 2010 and complete with a donate button. (WHAT ROYALS NEED DONATIONS LOL)

Kissinger's recent comments regarding Bosnia and it's solution is carrying some weight there.

John said...

This is some pretty silly stuff. I have been a fan of monarchism all my adult life. I try to stay informed with the twists and turns and possibilities of the various claimants. And Balkan royalty, both modern and medieval has been a particular interest. I've got to admit, this is the first I've heard of any "Royal House of Bosnia." Like they say, good luck with that!

Gray Falcon said...

Eugene, the abolition of conscription is indeed an attempt to finish off the Serbian military and turn it into NATO auxiliaries. Yet "oft evil will shall evil mar." By doing this, the Yellowcrats are sowing dragon's teeth.

Meanwhile, while these "royals" are making headlines, an actual family dynasty is being openly established in Sarajevo...

Asteri said...

It gets stranger, I found this 'Royal familys' twitter page, they like Alex Jones, Michael Jackson, Hugo Chaves!? and Mahmoud Ammadinejad!? and are not fans of Free Mansonary, Henry Kissinger or Haris Silajdzic. They issued 2 proclomations ordering foreign milita out of the country and cancelling last weeks elections, you cant make this stuff up.