Serbian military song at U.N. concert sparks Bosnian outcry

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Lloyd_ST wrote:

What a disaster for UN? This is outrageous? The Serbian forces made genocide all over the Bosnia listening that Serbian war criminals “anthem”. Shame, even in former Yugoslavia, the communists forbid that song, and those who did nothing to prevent Srebrenica genocide committed by Serbia, UN, before few day in UN HQ in New York listen that song?

Once again shame for UN!

@Loucleve, please speak the truth, don’t use your imagination.

Jan 17, 2013 6:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
clarkkent09 wrote:

Nothing wrong with the song but of course expect the spineless UN to bow and apologize over anything. Perhaps they are taking lessons from Obama? It is an old song about Serbia’s heroic suffering and defense of the homeland in the Balkan wars and in WWI. The fact that Serbian soldiers liked to play in during the recent wars doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with the song. In any war people will play their country’s patriotic songs.

Jan 17, 2013 7:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
rightster wrote:

This is a song that dates from WWI. Should all classical/march music that orginated in Austria/Germany etc., be banned?

Jan 17, 2013 8:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RusselJims wrote:

Remove Kebab

Jan 17, 2013 8:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Petar67 wrote:

It is quite normal for the followers of Islam, Arab philosophy and ideology from the former Yugoslavia(Bosniaks) to protesting against Serbian Christian patriotic melody March on Drina, melodies with which Serbian Christian people celebrates the expulsion of Austro-Hungarians aggressor on Serbia in World War II , which was interpreted in the UN during the New Year celebrations, because their ancestors fought against Serbia and the Serbian Christian people on the side of the Austro-Hungarian aggressor.

Jan 18, 2013 12:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
Petar67 wrote:

It is quite normal for the followers of Islam, Arab philosophy and ideology from the former Yugoslavia(Bosniaks) to protesting against Serbian Christian patriotic melody March on Drina, melodies with which Serbian Christian people celebrates the expulsion of Austro-Hungarians aggressor on Serbia in World War II , which was interpreted in the UN during the New Year celebrations, because their ancestors fought against Serbia and the Serbian Christian people on the side of the Austro-Hungarian aggressor.

Jan 18, 2013 12:42am EST  --  Report as abuse
ThomasAndrews wrote:

The Drina March is a patriotic song composed to commemmorate the first allied victory of the First World War, when the Serbs defeated the Austro-Hungarian army at Cer. It has nothing to do with war crimes. In fact, if you look at what happened in the Balkans during WWI, you’ll see that most war crimes were committed by Croats fighting for the Austrians.

How about preventing the German and Austrian armies from marching to ‘Panzerlied’ or ‘Königgrätzer Marsch’. Both were composed prior to WWII, but the majority of people would associate both with Nazis. Better yet, ban the National Anthem of the USA. To about a billion people around the world, that represents horrendous crimes, such as starving millions of Iraqis to death.

Jan 18, 2013 1:52am EST  --  Report as abuse
DanBalbi wrote:

‘Spremte se spremte Chetnitsi!”

With the help of the western world, radical Muslims pushed further into Eastern Europe and took over Kosovo. Fear not, the Serbs will get their land back.

‘Spremte se spremte Chetnitsi!”

Jan 18, 2013 1:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
RadioGuy87 wrote:

Isn’t it time to get the UN off our soil? Oh wait, there may be a few Odumbo hasn’t bowed to yet.

Jan 18, 2013 2:16am EST  --  Report as abuse
Lloyd_ST wrote:

What a disgrace propaganda in few last comments.

“Arab philosophy and ideology from the former Yugoslavia”? OK guys, tell us how the Serbs under that nationalistic “anthem”, killed not just Bosniaks Muslims, but also Roman-Catholics and Cristian Croats and rest of the Roman-Catholics in former Yugoslavia?

I mean, remember Vukovar (Croatia) and destruction of that ancient Christian city from Serbian military 1992, don’t tell us that during Vukovar genocide, where Orthodox Serbs committed genocide on Roman-Catholic Croats, it was one single Muslim from former Yugoslavia present there? If I recall good, genocide there Serbia committed there on Roman-Catholic Croats, and that song played crucial part in that genocide.

Not to mention that title of that song, “The march on river Drina” tell us everything. It promote Serbian aggression on Bosnia, because river Drina is natural border between Bosnia and Serbia.

Playing that song in UN headquarter in New York, it is the same like playing “Deutschland uber alles” in UN headquarter or some other nazis song during WW2.

Shame for UN and Ban Ki Moon. It is obvious that he is not competent to do his job.

Beside, according to latest news, UN was tricked by Serbian delegation in UN. That song was even not announced before that nationalistic concert.

Jan 18, 2013 2:45am EST  --  Report as abuse
Petar67 wrote:

For people such as Lloyd_ST history of the former Yugoslavia begins from 90th. :)

Jan 18, 2013 5:16am EST  --  Report as abuse
Benkovac wrote:

To whom it may concern,

I would like to thank you for making the recent Orthodox New Year Concert at the UN possible. The Concert was an inspiring event that sent a strong message of hope and peace throughout the world.

I would also like to emphasize that the songs performed, including the “March to the Drina”, are traditional Serbian songs that have no connection whatsoever to the wars of 1990s. These songs are an important part of our history and are meant to recognize the historical sacrifices of the Serbian people. Despite false claims to the contrary, these songs do not have any sort of negative connotation and are considered symbols of unity and perseverance in the face of adversity.

Many thanks and all the best in the New Year.

Sincerely,

Jan 18, 2013 3:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Lloyd_ST wrote:

So if I understand good Serbian comments here, so for them it will be OK to play Hitler’s Nazis songs in UN building on East River in New York?

OK, what is next, a new concert on East River with name “Deutschland, Deutschland über alles” and with traditional German songs like “Westerwaldlied”, “Zehntausend Mann” and etc. The main sponsor of that event and special guest should be the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon and main organizer of that even should be the president of the United Nations General Assembly from Serbia, Vuk Jeremic.

I mean, if “March to the Drina” was there in UN, why should we not “enjoy” there also in all those “traditional German songs”?

Jan 18, 2013 7:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Aurane wrote:

That song is not only insulting to Bosniaks, but also to all the Croatians who had to listen to it being played from the Serbian speakers while they were bombing our cities during the Homeland War… It is a disgrace and a first class incident!

Jan 19, 2013 1:46am EST  --  Report as abuse
Lloyd_ST wrote:

What interesting me the most here, how one Serbian extremist and hard-liner like Vuk Jeremic is able to become president of the United Nations General Assembly?

Not just that, how one candidate from country (Serbia) which in the last twenty years broken so much UN resolutions is able to be elected on so important position in UN?

Perhaps people in the world don’t know, but people from former Yugoslavia knows very well that Vuk Jeremic is Serbian extremist and hard-liner, so he is totally incompatible for that high-position in UN.

Jan 19, 2013 6:28am EST  --  Report as abuse
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