SELCO’s Cautionary Tale of Balkanization: “A lot of things that “can never happen there” are happening there”
by Selco Begovic
Balkanization is a term many times used in describing situations happening very far from the Balkans.
People who use it are explaining the complex development of the situation, that usually leads to a worse situation. I have used that term in explaining what might come and happen there years ago. Usually, the response was, “Oh, it can not happen here because (whatever reason).”
It is very hard to force folks to change their opinions based on articles they might read. I felt that many times. But events that have happened in the last period of time probably has changed a lot of opinions.
Actually, a lot of the things that I wrote about years ago happened there in the United States later. A lot of things that “can never happen there” are happening “there”.
What is Balkanization?
Balkanization is a misused term, so people use it sometimes in a way that you might conclude exactly the same things may soon happen in the US. I do not believe that total Balkanization is possible there, because of many reasons. But there are a lot of similar things that you might see.
And similar is bad enough.
So I’ll write about what happened here, years ago, and you alone can spot the similarities for yourself. It is my view on it, and it may be different from the official history. But remember, this is coming from someone who saw it with his own eyes, who lived through it.
From united to separated through hate
For decades they built one society through the Socialistic system, where it was actually pushed that different nationalities are all the same, and all one nation. Suddenly everything collapsed into bloody civil wars.
The Socialistic society tried to invent something not completely new. There were attempts like that before, to make “one nation between South Slavs” in order to be stronger and better in any way.
It is a very personal feeling and opinion, so it depends on who you ask. But yes, there was a very strong feeling of unity, power, and the idea that we were unique under the sun, maybe even better than others. We made something powerful from different pieces, histories, wishes, and whatever. It was unique and powerful, where every man felt that his society was best and invincible to outer invaders.
At the end, it felt apart. It was rotten from the inside, with a lot of help from the outside.
Our history of hate, centuries of hate and wars between us was brought back through the feelings of “democracy” and “human rights.” We had the right to know the truth, the right to know what really happened through history.
Thousands of historic monuments were brought down at the beginning of that process. New movements were marching, protesting, demanding lots of different things. Strange new saviors emerged, each one for his own option (nationality in this case).
Through the “revising” of history, hate emerged.
Sometimes the revision of history was the truth. In other cases, years later, we found out that it was fake. But in both cases, it worked only one way – to fuel new hatred and divisions, or to refuel old ones.
History was actually used (real and fake one) to bring divisions between people gradually at higher and higher levels.
History that was supposed to be just that – history – was used to bring more hate.
By blaming mistakes from history on the people in the present time we opened a Pandora’s box. All that came out was chaos.
Of course, there were “other factors.” There are always other factors.
Other outside factors, parties, people, or groups of people, or even countries who used all that heated emotional atmosphere to push their own agendas. Sometimes that agenda was simply a big corporation that saw opportunities to earn money from chaos. In other cases, common folks rose to the opportunity to become rich and powerful.
Mayhem is the perfect opportunity for certain kinds of people to become “kings”, usually over piles of dead bodies.
There were regional or even world players, who saw the opportunity that in a couple of years, or even in decades, that they may have use of the whole situation. So they simply used it, of course, always in a way that they fueled it more and more.
For common folks, I can say that most of us simply lost.
Riots, hopes, big words, wars, fights for freedoms, and human rights. People were starving in the name of whatever cause – and in the end it turned from having something to having nothing, from the feeling of being part of something to the feeling of being part of nothing.
Now when I look back, I can say for sure that it could not have happened without “help” from the media.
Bombardment of information, misinformation, rumors, and everything else from the media – they did a “great” job.
Having the internet today, and all these sources of news and information, at first look may give you peace of mind because you can always expect to look for independent news sources, which is true in a way because there are more choices.
From the other side, thanks to the internet, information spreads faster, just like misinformation and fake news. People are more “addicted” to the news flow, so because of that, some development of things may be faster.
In other words, things happen faster today, so people react faster. This can be bad, too.
As I said, this view of the term “Balkanization” is my own. It is personal.
You think about it and take from it whatever you think makes sense.
In any case, just think about it.
Selco survived the Balkan war of the 90s in a city under siege, without electricity, running water, or food distribution.
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About the Author
Selco survived the Balkan war of the 90s in a city under siege, without electricity, running water, or food distribution. In his online works, he gives an inside view of the reality of survival under the harshest conditions. He reviews what works and what doesn’t, tells you the hard lessons he learned, and shares how he prepares today. He never stopped learning about survival and preparedness since the war. Regardless what happens, chances are you will never experience extreme situations as Selco did. But you have the chance to learn from him and how he faced death for months. Read more of Selco's articles here. Buy his PDF books here. Take advantage of a deep and profound insight into his knowledge by signing up for his unrivaled online course. Real survival is not romantic or idealistic. It is brutal, hard and unfair. Let Selco take you into that world.