November 13th, 2008

Kemal Bakarsic:
The Libraries of Sarajevo …


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  1. ed says:

    The ill conceived but perhaps necessary Dayton Accord seems to be falling apart.

    November 21st, 2008 at 1:10 pm

  2. ed says:

    Thoughts re the arrest of the Bosnian Serb political leader, Radovan Karadzic, earlier this year.

    November 21st, 2008 at 1:13 pm

  3. ed says:

    Richard Holbrooke, who led the operation that drafted and got people to sign the Dayton Accord in 1995, published an Op Ed piece last fall telling the world that the Bosnian state that Dayton shaped is unravelling.

    Today the NY Times editorial page echoes the distress call, and calls upon the US and EU to take a role in drafting a new constitution, to replace the tripartite (Bosniak-Croat-Serb) decentralized structure of Dayton.

    Bosnia was front and center for three years in my life. No one I knew in 1995 was happy with the Dayton agreement. Nobody thought it was anything but a ceasefire. Most thought it betrayed the principles that, among many others, the people of Sarajevo defended during the years of the siege.

    I heard Holbrooke speak a few years ago, and chatted with him after a bit. He seemed a bit befuddled.

    Now, of course, he has been sent by Prez Obama to Pakghanistan. A place where diplomats are only slightly less useless than conventional armies. He’s nearly 70. Hard to see what he can hope to accomplish.

    I’d have rather seen him sent to Sarajevo, I guess.

    February 23rd, 2009 at 10:16 pm

  4. ed says:

    Fast forward to October.

    Radovan Karadzic will go on trial next week.

    October 12th, 2009 at 9:44 pm

  5. ed says:

    Time slides by.

    A NY Times editorial today about all the obvious things that still need doing in Bosnia and Serbia.

    Meanwhile the Karadzic trial staggers on through long periods of delay, and Mladic remains at large.

    October 11th, 2010 at 4:37 pm

  6. ed says:

    The day following the Times editorial linked above, Hillary gave an apparently speech in Sarajevo.

    Nothing of interest re policy in the Time report:

    October 12th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

  7. ed says:

    An old friend in Sarajevo, when I suggested that the Times editorial and HIllary’s visit might mean a positive constitutional change was in the works, reacted (no doubt sagely):


    I don’t think so, they (the State Department) just celebrate the SBiH/Silajdzic’s departure.

    Now they can re-impose the April Package and that is all they will press for.

    They failed to make it four years ago, so the whole country has been paralyzed since then as a discrete punishment for that failure (this has even been permanently repeated by some foreign diplomats, as well as by SDA’s leader, Sulejman Tihic).

    Now the main culprits (SBiH and HDZ 1990) have been openly punished, eliminated from the scene and marked as the main culprits for that paralysis (as the text openly suggests), so the April Package can be put back on the table.

    As one might know, the April Package contains some very dangerous paragraphs, which can cause the country’s final dissolution, and that is why it was rejected by some four years ago (not because of Silajdzic’s vanity, as permanently suggested by the Western media during these four years).

    I think this is one of the worst possible scenarios, yet it is the most probable one.


    October 12th, 2010 at 7:51 pm

  8. ed says:

    a times feature about the European Union’s flagging interest in seeing Mladic brought to justice

    October 22nd, 2010 at 1:05 am

  9. ed says:

    Another bit in the Times. They seem to have been momentarily stirred.

    Today — a bloggish debate as to how Mladic has managed to avoid arrest.

    October 24th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

  10. ed says:

    angelina jolie making a film about rape and the war, ala mode liliana Caviani’s masterpiece the night porter

    October 25th, 2010 at 1:51 am

  11. Roberto says:

    The story of the libraries and the museum is very moving.
    I also pray that a heavenly rain will fall.

    March 22nd, 2012 at 10:39 am

  12. ed says:


    The National Museum is closing down, due to budget and political problems in the divided disfunctional federal government.

    As Kemal says in his piece, the library that he was chief custodian of before the war was there at the National Museum.

    This closing is quite a symbol. Some people are indeed afraid of more war. The Dayton Accord was never designed to succeed.

    October 7th, 2012 at 12:40 pm

  13. ed says:

    It seems that there is a movement afoot to name a street in Sarajevo in Kemal’s memory.

    May 22nd, 2013 at 10:40 pm

  14. Simon Davies says:

    RIP, Kemal. and not forgotten. Despite all he witnessed, Kemal was a man of unflagging integrity who managed to retain faith in humanity. My time in Sarajevo was made all the richer as a result of working with Kemal. His principles, intelligence, wit and friendship are missed.

    November 6th, 2016 at 6:13 am

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