The promised 'detached look' included some truly mind-boggling scenes. We are thus regaled with a 'detached' view of some thin pedestrian traffic on the streets of Sarajevo through the sights of a heavy machine gun - one of the hundreds of such weapons squatting on the hills encircling this tragic town and picking off at will the hapless civilians scurrying around in their sad task of survival.
We are even shown the jolly and ruddy Serbian gunner squeezing off a long burst after taking careful aim. At whom? Obviously, at those scurrying ants, vermin to be cleansed off the face of Europe by him and thousands of other such jolly and ruddy Serbian gunners glorified by those incredible 50 minutes.
But the nightmarish sequence goes on. We are next shown the same heavy machine gun being expansively offered to the 'visiting' Russian poet Limonov, who, with boyish glee, takes aim and squeezes off a long burst of his own at the vermin. Poet Karadzic playing the jovial host to poet Limanov, indeed]
Or the soft-focused, late-afternoon scene where male-bonding, misty-eyed and clearly tipsy Serbian soldiers relax by singing soulfully the 'detached' lyrics of a Serbian folk ballad: 'And you fair Turkish damsels soon to be baptised by Serbian monks.' You do not have to be a trained cultural anthropologist to detect the mainsprings in the Serbian rural mentality that have effortlessly - but so bafflingly to the European mind - led to the hideous hushed-up campaign of massive rape ('baptism') in Bosnia perpetrated by Serbian warriors ('monks') against Muslim girls and women ('fair Turkish damsels').
The pathetic attempt to present Karadzic as a poet, on that same evening when he was nominated as a potential war criminal in Geneva by responsible statesmen, is truly beneath contempt.
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