Zoran Djindjic: The Ethics of Responsibility
Edited by Dr. Latinka Perovic
The attempt to interpret the phenomenon of Zoran
Djindjic in Serbian politics at a historical juncture has not ended yet.
This particularly refers to clarification of the murder of Serbia's
first post-communist Premier.As long as the Serbian society - its
intellectual elite in the first place - are not ready to ask themselves
why with Zoran Djindjic gone they have returned to the same spot they
had been in before him, they would be unable to untie the knot his
murder had tangled by erasing the line between politics and crime," says
Dr. Latinka Perovic in her introductory study to the collection of
papers of over 15 authors.
At the books launch, on June 2, 2006, in the Belgrade
Media Center, Chairperson of the Helsinki Committee Sonja Biserko said
among other things:
"Today - three years after Zoran Djindjic's
assassination and six years after Slobodan Milosevic's ouster - Serbia
is still incapable of self-definition and unable to confront the future.
In other words, Serbia cannot come to grips with her recent past. Seen
from today's angle, Zoran Djindjic's emergence in Serbian politics and
his tragic end are a metaphor for Serbia herself. Or, as Latinka Perovic
put it, his personal and political fate sublimates Serbia's drama.
"Those who have either doubted or denied Zoran
Djindjic as a man of vision at the beginning of 20th century cannot but
say now that he has been in the right. With him gone, Serbia suffered a
historical setback - particularly when it came to her ability to learn
the lesson from a failed decade, the warring policy and the crimes that
had made a part of her warring strategy.
"With this book the Helsinki Committee pays the
tribute to Zoran Djindjic both for his personal courage and statemanly
resoluteness to fight regressive forces.Zoran Djindjic was among those
few figures in the Serbian history, whose vision moved them towards
Europe. Confronted with the ethnic model of the state, this fragile
trend has always been marginalized, while its advocates discredited and
often physically threatened. Zoran Djindjic was such a figure. It is
clear today that the masterminds behind his murder have tried to curb
"At the same time, this collection of papers testifies
of Zoran Djindjic's theoretical opus and his creative energy. This book
is a document of an era and its major actor we wish not to be forgotten.
And even more than that - we wish not to allow manipulation with either
of the two.
"This book primarily addresses young people,
generations to come. Unfortunately, they are doomed to bear the biggest
burden of the recent past. To them, Zoran Djindjic can be a compass of
maturing and overcoming the past.
"Before I give the floor to our panelists, I wish to
thank all authors in this major project. I particularly thank Latinka
Perovic, who has managed to bring together so many competent people and,
from a relatively short historical distance, present an epoch of
Serbia's history through Zoran Djindjic's person and writings.
"My special thanks go to Jadranka Jelincic, director
of the Fund for an Open Society, who recognized the significance of this
endeavor and made it possible to bring this collection of papers before
the public eye."
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