22 September 2011

A Must Read

A paper from Dražen Pehar, a Croatian intellectual from Bosnia and Herzegovina, on his land under the tyranny of the 'international community'. He explains what the High Representative is:
"BiH with today’s High Representative is quite a pertinent example of a tyranny, or dictatorship, practiced in a very sophisticated form. BiH is endowed with a single sovereign, the HR, who, by his key marks and his status and origins, represents a sovereign in a pre-modern sense."
Unlike a modern sovereign who can be deposed by a free people, HR is a pre-modern sovereign, a 'Divine King' albeit in a sophisticated, up-to-date form:
"He is the sovereign who cannot be questioned, contested, or invited to respond before the tribunal of the people; his word is ultimate regardless of its inherent quality, of the question of its rationality, plausibility, morality, fairness… He is the sovereign one cannot negotiate with, or influence."
Pehar gives the background on how this came to be:
"In a period of time, in the second half of 1997, the Peace Implementation Council – PIC (for the implementation of the Dayton Framework for Peace in BiH) decided to interpret Annex 10 of the Framework in a way which transformed the HR to BiH into a body with unlimited legal powers. The Council has decided to interpret the powers of the institution in an infinitely wide fashion, or fully arbitrary, i.e. as the HR, or somebody standing behind him, deem convenient."
And why this represented a blatant power grab:
"If you read carefully Annex 10, which enlists the powers of the HR, you will soon realize that the institution should play the role of a benevolent assistant, a mediator in the best case, to the process of implementation of the peace in BiH. For instance, the Annex says that the HR is brought into being because the very parties to the Framework, the representatives of the BiH peoples primarily, have invited him to assist them. Legal existence of the HR is due to the will of the original parties to the contract, not the other way around (Annex 10, I.2)." 
The paper goes on to give further arguments why this situation is indefensible, to name some of the effects it has had and to propose methods of resistance. It is well worth a read for anyone interested in Bosnia and Herzegovina or the various shapes of modern imperialism. Read it here.

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