Italian weekly L’Espresso (July 21) in the long article about the 30th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, brings the story about the dissolution of Yugoslavia.
The autor Stefano Giantin quotes Slavenka Drakulic:
In 1989, nationalism was at its peak, especially in Serbia with Slobodan Milošević as a leader. But nothing prepared us for the collapse of Yugoslavia and a bloodshed that soon followed. In spite of the language of politicians and the media, which was bellicose, it was hard to believe that war is at all possible. We were quite brainwashed into “brotherhood and unity” ideology, or at least my generation was. I think that people did not believe that it is a war even – when it started in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo.
Read the whole text in Italian here.