Of course, while completely understandable interest groups fighting for ideological and political leveling of Serbia and its “casting” to “European standards”, and that therefore their damnedest pointing to Kosovo reduced to a symbol of something old, outdated and most of all hazardous and harmful to the citizens and the state, it is extremely difficult to understand mistakes and blunders that have allowed themselves the loudest and most fervent public “fighters for the Kosovo thing.”
And those mistakes are far more serious than the riots that broke out during the great national protest against Kosovo’s independence from the 2008th year, far bigger than the fact that for years, “the fight for Kosovo” reduced to ritualistic chanting “Kosovo is Serbia”, even more important than the fact that they allow the Serbian media completely close the space for state-building and patriotic public discourse.
Paradoxically, their biggest mistake was precisely in what they were so often accused their political opponents and advocates of the “Kosovo amnesia”, is that the term “Kosovo” reduced solely to the legal and political question of the status of the territory of the province of Kosovo and Metohija. Although at first glance seems to go hand in local “advocates of common sense,” limit “Kosovo” in the “Kosovo”, it is our patriotic circles insistence on the term “Kosovo and Metohija “, actually potkraćuje wing Serbian patriotic thoughts and limiting the Serbian patriotic activist activity in the pre-defined limits, that it necessarily leads to a hopeless situation.
This does not mean that the concept of “our country” is not important, and that people should not be (as, unfortunately, does not do) to identify with their national borders. But the boundaries of present-day Serbia are already as they are Procrustean bed for the Serbian people, who for decades has a pure heart and without malice aforethought accepted the Yugoslav nationalism as its a “my country” framing the “Djerdap, Adriatic, Triglav and Gevgelija.”
The terrible shock dispersal and degradation of their own, in most cases, truly beloved homeland of Yugoslavia, and the absolute inability to breakdown the dropout and get in the way, even in the case of the Federation of Serbia and Montenegro, have made people resigned and largely tucked into their Personal geographical horizons, which in many cases do not exceed the limits of their own city, county or “end.” But the problem of Kosovo as a “territory” is a sociological problem Serbian resignation and defeatism.
The point is that Kosovo is much more than “15 percent of the territory of Serbia” (kvantitetivnom sense), and even much more than “the cradle and heart of Serbia” (in qualitative terms). The issue of Kosovo does not matter where it is Serbian people lived thousands of years ago – as it is in this respect that just as important as the “lost” Duklja, Travunija or Zahumlje, or Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Herzegovina and Krajina. It would be extremely unfair to Serbian history insist on the historical significance of Pec and Prizren, and ignore anything less historical significance of Skopje, Cetinje, Dubrovnik and Mostar, who all have equally important place in Serbian history, culture and heritage, and are currently “lost” In the way of Prizren or Peja not yet.
Similarly, the issue of Kosovo, especially not a question of “constitutional and legal system of Serbia”, not to speak about that ridiculous mantra of “preserving the principles of international law” in which so many of our fellow citizens blindly believe all the tragicomic fiasco at the International Court in The Hague.
International relations aside, the idea is absurd to us that Kosovo is important “because it is prescribed by the Constitution of Serbia.” The Constitution provides for a lot that is the crudest ignored (six years constitutionality did not contribute in the least to the publication and the streets cleared of Serbian Croatian Latin), and the legal framework is something that is in Serbia Gaza and belittle at every step, so it is completely illusory to expect to his respect may itself impose Kosovo Albanians and their foreign patrons.
More importantly, the Constitution, such as it is, was passed over Kosovo , primarily as an instrument of political coordination of efforts to preserve Kosovo and Metohija within Serbia, and Kosovo is the most important reason why i am the Constitution survives in its current form. To argue that we should keep Kosovo (Cyrillic, language, nation-states, etc.). “The constitution” is a rough substitute thesis, because, on the contrary, the Constitution and the laws we need to keep because they are the tools that we have developed at our available just to be able to protect and preserve what we have as a country and society, the most valuable.
We, therefore, do not keep Kosovo because “there live our citizens and compatriots” (they live and Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, etc..), Do not keep it because it’s there “our property” (as the only “our property “hijacked our obvious in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Kragujevac, etc..), and even the fact that there is Patriarchate of Pec and Prizren Seminary does the country anything” more sacred “than the country around the wire, Studenica, harsh or Krushedol . Kosovo is much more than any material Numbered geographic, demographic, and even historical facts about him. Kosovo is sacred and fundamental Serbian national idea, and only because he hit Kosovo Kosovo battle , as the main constituent event, not Serbian history, but Serbian folk traditions and memories. As a large number of comments of our fellow citizens suffering from a national amnesia about the “fetishization” of Kosovo in Serbian public discourse is essentially accurate, it is basically correct and the claim that “the Kosovo issue”, in fact, the issue of Kosovo myth .
A fundamental lack of understanding of these “people facing the future” lies not in the fact that “Kosovo is not a myth,” but because it is constitutive, founding myth . This myth as a metaphysical fabric of our reality connects with all of our historical aspirations and fateful choices and build an authentic Serbian mitology of freedom , a value system that not only our people rescued from slavery and miserable living in a violent and rotten Ottoman empire, not only to us headed in the restoration of our statehood and liberation of our countrymen (and other Balkan and Slavic “brothers”), but also as a spiritual paradigm woven into all the achievements that we have made as a nation in science, education and the arts, and even then, when we have your heritage abandoned it.