How to respond to the Bosnian protests: A guide for international intellectuals

If you are an all-purpose “commentator on international affairs”: Their statements are in a language I don’t know, so I don’t care about this.

If you are a promoter of the “European future”: This hasn’t been planned or promoted by OHR or the major donor agencies, so I don’t care about this.

If you are a “politically connected” intellectual: This is not in the interest of any of the parties I know, so I don’t care about this.

If you are an itinerant consultant intellectual: There are no profitable contracts in this for me, so I don’t care about this.

If you are a “nationally conscious” intellectual: These are people acting as something other than members of the groups I postulate, so I don’t care about this.

8 thoughts on “How to respond to the Bosnian protests: A guide for international intellectuals

  1. Bravo, Eric! Here’s hoping that the people of BiH–equally passionate and *dis*interested–can at last overcome this sort of ignorance, inertia & obstruction

    • Unfortunately it was not enough. People did help out each other regardless of their ethnicity but the entities did not. What will it take that people do get together and throw out those who misrule them for their own unashamed profit? Or must war resume but how will it end?

  2. Well spoken! Still, a lack of punditry is preferable to a glut. I’m more concerned about those who understand the language and so can claim expert status and who have a fiancial stake or want to score points in a specific political outcome.

  3. Deeply unfair! Where is the space for expression of arch, patronizing disapproval? Hysterical vilification? Are you trying to silence these and other important voices? (Signed – an itinerant consultant intellectual who cares)

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