Against the logic of war

2018-02-20T16:37:01+00:00 20. 02. 2018.|International cooperation|




Dear Friends and Esteemed Colleagues,


This letter is an answer to a “request” made by our associates and friends of long standing, with whom we cooperated for a number of years on the long-term and far-reaching project of building a civic society in the FR of Yugoslavia. This request, which we received in the midst of war, “humanitarian intervention” and NATO aggression, that is, in the midst of collapse of legitimate spheres of public and political life, at a time of extraordinary decrees, military rule and summary trials in Yugoslavia, asks of us to raise our voices and sharpen political criticism and moral condemnation of the Belgrade regime. Moreover, in this severe assault by the western Alliance, which has transformed our society into military barracks and enthroned Milosevic as a charismatic leader and Supreme Commander, we are expected, if possible, to approve, even greet with understanding the militarist interventionism of NATO in the FR of Yugoslavia.

Let us say immediately: from the start of destruction of the former Yugoslavia our “civic position” has been clear and unambiguous. We have been equally opposed both to ethnic cleansing in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and today in Kosovo and to NATO’s intervention in the FR of Yugoslavia. In other words, we fought with equal decisiveness against the lethal political self-will of the Belgrade regime and the pernicious militarist self-will of the western alliance. In this context, we cannot be expected to unilaterally denounce local totalitarianism and, at the same time, express solidarity with the pretensions of global hegemonism. It is our principal belief that civil society should function as a permanent corrective to the state reason, and that NGOs should be supportive of peace and not war option of their governments.

It is unfounded to expect that the chain of violence and an expansionist military option will lead to a rational political solution in Kosovo, in the FR of Yugoslavia and in the Balkans. On the contrary, we fear that in the name of so-called “humanitarian intervention” we are witnessing the revival of the old, archaic “Figure of War”, which we hoped had long banished from our culture.

Finally, let us remind you: the brutal disintegration of the former Yugoslavia, and the related nationalistic conflicts which culminated in the ethnic catastrophe in Kosovo, took place “in collusion” with European policies and international diplomacy. It has been precisely these unexpected shocks that have dangerously threatened the ideals and norms of international democracy, which is still the successor to liberal and social heritage of defense of autonomy of the individual, groups and peoples.

In spite of all circumstances, we shall continue to fight persistently and enduringly for freedom of the individual, for those individual, civic, collective and human rights which this war has again brought into peril.




  • Alternative Academic Educational Network (AAEN)
  • Association of Citizens for Democracy, Social justice and Support to Trade Unions
  • Belgrade Circle
  • Belgrade Women’s Lobby
  • Belgrade Women’s Studies Center
  • Center for Policy Studies
  • Center for Transition to Democracy (ToD)
  • Children’s Humanitarian Fund
  • Civic Initiatives
  • Civil forum – Novi Pazar
  • Committee for Human Rights – Leskovac
  • Democratic Movement for Pancevo
  • District 0230 – Kikinda
  • ECO Center
  • Environmental Issues Civic Committee – Pancevo
  • Ethnic forum – Subotica
  • European Movement in Serbia
  • FEDRA – Zrenjanin
  • Forum for Ethnic Relations
  • FOSCODE – NGOs Glasnik
  • Group 484
  • Humanitarian Affairs Committee – Pancevo
  • Movement of margin – Kraljevo
  • Panonian Civic Forum – Novi Sad
  • Peace action Subotica
  • Peace and Crisis Management Foundation
  • Shelters for Women and Children Victims of Violence
  • Society for Cooperation With Neighboring Countries
  • Society for Truth on Antifascist War 1941-1945
  • SOS Telephone for Women and Children Victims of Violence
  • Students Union of Yugoslavia
  • Subotica Agora
  • Trade Union Confederation “Nezavisnost”
  • TRAG – Nis
  • URBAN IN – Novi Pazar
  • WIN (Weekly Independent News)
  • Women’s Civic Initiatives – Kraljevo
  • Women in Black Against War (WIB)
  • XXL Creative Group
  • YU Lawyers Committee for Human Rights