Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from October, 2015

The Myth of Nonviolent Revolution and the Tragedy of Syria

Zoran Cirjakovic
For many, recent images of Syrian refugees stuck alongside Serbian borders present the only link between Syria and Serbia. But the never-ending tragedy in the Levant also has some often neglected or misrepresented Balkan roots.

It has become something of a conventional wisdom that "nonviolent" overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic on October 5, 2000 - the mass uprising later dubbed the Bulldozer Revolution - provided both the blueprint and the know-how for subsequent "Colour Revolutions", a series of mass pro-democracy movements throughout the former Soviet Union, as well as the Arab Spring.
Zoran Cirjakovic
The suggested narrative is straightforward and compelling. A group of upper middle-class students - Gen X "Hobbits," used laughter to accomplish something that three months of NATO bombing failed a year before - to bring down the Serbian strongman that Time magazine called "the butcher of the Balkans".

"Want to start a revo…