Bosnia the Good: Tolerance and Tradition by Rusmir Mahmutcehajic, R Mahmut&cacute Ehaji&cacute

By Rusmir Mahmutcehajic, R Mahmut&cacute Ehaji&cacute

An indictment of the partition of Bosnia-Herzegovina, formalized in 1995 through the Dayton Accord. The battle in Bosnia divided and shook the rustic to its foundations, however the writer argues it might turn into a version for eu development. the best possibility for Bosnia is to be declared simply one other ethnoreligious entity, as a result a 'Muslim country' ghettoized within Europe. the writer examines why Western liberal democracies have looked with sympathy the struggles of Serbia and Croatia for nationwide popularity, whereas viewing Bosnia's multicultural society with suspicion.

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The religiousrevivalists therefore see themselves as prophets: uniquely wise amid the evil and ignorance of others. They feel obliged to deliver judgements on all that they uneasily perceive as being superior to themselves, on everything above them, and to change such a condition even by force. Thus the essential component of freedom is removed from obedience: humility, which must always be voluntary, is lost. Also lost is the perception that everything on earth may point to the Centre, but nothing on earth can be that Centre.

According to Hegel, the achievement of this goal demands the secularisation of Christianity, or rather the transfer of Christian concepts of freedom to the present time and place. The French Revolution, Hegel believed, was an attempt to realise in the present world the Christian vision of a community of freedom andequality. The contemporary liberal state potentially embodies the Christian concepts of freedom and general equality for all the people of this world. Since the Christian perception of history is strictly linear, it cannot accept that God’s message has ever been manifested in the world subsequent to the First Comingof Christ.

Among many dubious courses, the most promising seems to be that of aiming for the highest models of government, the light towards which we grope in the darkness of our present-day situation. ’31W e are implicitly shown the ideal, or the peak to which the ascent will lead. To reject it is to travel deeper into darkness. Bosnia and its people face a searching question: which principles, which kinds of freedom should they be looking and working towards-and where will they find the source of strength to oppose evil?

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