comment 23 Sep 16

The Bosnians Have Made a Mess of This Referendum

The Bosniaks have made a strategic error in magnifying the trivial issue of the Serbs’ national day out of all proportion.

Marcus Tanner
Photo: Anadolu Agency.

The famous French statesman Talleyrand once said of the Bourbon dynasty in France that they “forget nothing - and learn nothing”.

Were he alive today, he might say the same of the people, or at least the leaders, of Bosnia.

No nation in the Balkans remembers the bloody wars of the 1990s as well as the Bosnians – and no nation seems to have drawn so few useful conclusions.

The one lesson to be drawn – in hindsight – from the events immediately preceding the dissolution of Yugoslavia was that the dominant Serbs were foolish in imagining they could run such a diverse land on a tight leash.

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