(referring once again to Claire Short)
"In the Kosovo war, she’d said that the West must remain “steady” in its determination to defeat Serbia’s “fascist regime” — doing the usual inversion of the anti-fascist Serbs and their fascist enemies from WWII — Albanians, Bosnians and Croats."
Now, submitted for your approval (as the late Rod Serling might put it), and without further comment, this news story that our good friend Dardan gave us a "heads up" about. Well, no further comment, that is, except for to repeat the title of this post: "Sometimes, life makes its own rebuttals...."
Serbian Jews Protest Neo-Nazi Rally
18 09 2007 Belgrade _ The association of Serbian Jews has asked the government to ban a neo-Nazi rally in the country's northern regional capital of Novi Sad, fearing a resurgence of the ethnic tensions and nationalism that previously led to the bloody breakup of the former Yugoslavia.The rally, planned by the neo-Nazi Nacionalni Stroj organization, has been scheduled for October 7 under the slogan "Serbian March, a March for Serbian Unity" and advertised on several ultra-nationalist and
right wing websites.
In an open letter posted to Serbia's president Boris Tadic, Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica and Parliamentary speaker Oliver Dulic, the Union of Jewish Communities said that it was "incomprehensible howa group that spreads national, religious and racial hatred, punishable by law, could receive official permission to hold a rally".
The march was originally announced earlier this month on a blog maintained by Nacionalni Stroj's leader Goran Davidovic. In 2006, he was sentenced to a year's imprisonment for storming an anti-fascist
panel discussion at the university in Novi Sad, the capital of Serbia's northern Vojvodina province, in 2005.
According to Serbian media reports, Novi Sad police allowed the organizers to march in downtown Novi Sad, which also has sizable Hungarian, Slovak, Czech and Croat communities. Police officials in Novi Sad were not immediately available for comment.
The letter to the top Serbian officials also said that Serbian Jews "vehemently oppose" the staging of a neo-Nazi rally its presence "in the centre of that multicultural city, whose inhabitants were not so long ago victims of the ideas that the group propagates".
Serbian human rights watchdogs and political parties have also condemned the rally.
Biljana Kovacevic Vuco of the Belgrade-based Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights told Balkan Insight that the "state had to react according to relevant laws and not only to ban the rally, but to arrest people who are propagating racial and ethnic hatred."
"Unfortunately such extremism is already a part of Serbia's political climate," she said.