How Jasenovac became a topic in three countries

The quiet summer Sunday behind us was stolen by politics, which staged another story in which the victim is a politician. This time Aleksandar VuvsIvsthe president of Serbia, stars.

Namely, the publish of the relationship to the past is one of the subjects which can mobilize attention in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) the same day. This time it was Jasenovac, an everlasting topic of political controversy, where the victims are usually in the background, while the political shenanigans steal the show.

Thus, the week behind us was placed under the sign of new inter-ethnic tensions and the victim game among politicians. Vucic would have liked to visit Jasenovac and pay homage to the victims of this WWII camp. However, he announced that the visit was private and only informed the representative of the Serbs in Croatia, Milorad Pupovac, who would have been informed that if he deemed it appropriate, he should also inform the Croatian Government. He eventually did, which was automatically declared a scandal.

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Croatia banned Vucic visit Jasenovac in this way, emphasizing that a high official cannot just visit such places in private. This was followed by a response from Serbia, where Vucicas usual, was declared the biggest victim. Vucic‘s media machinery also began to come up with titles containing the word Ustase, and the very act of prohibiting VucicThe arrival of was the biggest scandal in recent history. As expected, countermeasures were also announced.

So, politics once again stole the show and showed how a so-called crisis is created where victims no longer matter at all, and where places like Jasenovac become fuel for an artificial crisis where everyone in their ranks will turn out to be a national hero. In three days, everyone will forget about the alleged diplomatic incident.

The machines of the Republika Srpska (RS) ensure that BiH was not excluded from the weekly political spectacle, which automatically began to condemn Croatia’s decision and lament the president of Serbia. Representatives of the RS government and opposition spoke sentences about what is the definition of good neighborly relations.

The question then arises as to how it is possible for a diplomatic scandal to happen to those who shape their lives through diplomacy, who organize similar activities every day and know the protocols. Serbia knows very well if Vucicthe visit should have been announced and the immediate reactions that followed show that the hard reactions from Croatia were expected.

On the other hand, with moving done on sundayCroatia shows how important it is to respect diplomatic protocol, while at the same time it enters Bosnia and Herzegovina, that is to say a part of it, as if it were its own house and establishes diplomatic relations with only one part and part of the country, ignoring the Sarajevo authorities.

to summarizewhole week and the story of Jasenovac has been turned into a big show and a show of muscle where, at least for a few days, much bigger issues and more important topics will remain on the back burner, and the ban on Vucic in July, while there is no precise explanation of the reason he sought to visitJasenovac Saturdaybecomes the center of media and political attention, writes


Jessica C. Bell