Montenegro - Part 4

posted by usha on 2005/10/19 10:55

[ Montenegro ]

There is not as much publicity for Montenegro's attempts to become independent again as there is for the status of Kosovo/a. Nevertheless, Ian Sethre's News(letter) from the Neighborhood provides news about Montenegro on a regualr basis.

Most often the reporters and commentators on Montenegrin independence chose their words carefully and don't show any preferences for either a future united Serbia-Montenegro or an independent Montenegro. This does not always work out, of course.

Thus, the article by Dušan Stojanović, "Montenegro's Independence Bid Triggers Ethnic, Religious Tensions in Tiny Balkan Republic", evaluates the country already by attributing "tiny" to the country. Montenegro is no big country, that's for sure. However, there is no need to prefer "tiny" to "small". But what clearly proves to be a jugdement is to be found later in the article:

The majority of pro-Serbian support comes from northern and rural parts of Montenegro bordering Serbia, where men take pride in brandishing guns and glorifying their ancestors' warrior traditions.
The one-sided characterisation of rural Montenegro as ancestorial and oriented toward the past of warriors insinuates that the urban regions are modern and future-oriented, on the contrary. This, of course, means within the logic of argument that modern is pro-Serbian.

It is beyond my abilities to estimate the truth factor of localizing the pro-Serbians in the urban space and its opponents in the rural areas. This might be so. Yet, I doubt that this has anything to do with being "modern" and being "archaic".



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