Thank you, Lee.
Gentlemen (ladies?)...I have read a great deal about the conflict of the 90's in your part of the world. As I try to maintain a neutral stance before making any conclusions, I believe that to simply state that the vast majority of information available in the United States about Serbia is slanted and unbiased is intellectually unfounded. Painting this history with broad strokes under the title of "mainstream media" (which appears in your eyes to include organizations like Amnesty International and the World Court) is unacceptable to me.
HOWEVER, I AM willing to read/and/or view any texts, films, etc. about that era if you can point me in that direction. Please provide information about the qualifications of the individuals who are producing this material. Are they viewed in their respective academic circles as respected luminaries? Or are they mavericks whose views are akin to the ridiculous "refutation" of the Holocaust in Germany?
Also, as I stated in the tennis forum, do NOT assume that my views mirror those I mentioned. All I simply mentioned was that there are stereotypes present...and that, at times, people feel particular acts of individuals in said groups reinforce these stereotypes. However, more often than not, the stereotypes prove to be WRONG. (The film Crash does a wonderful job delving into this point). But I digress...
My point was that there are MANY individual I personally know who feel (unfortunately) that the stereotypes about Serbians are true. To attack me for posting these comments and wishing that I be banned was going overboard. Creating this subforum to discuss these ideas was a good idea. Believe me: taking offense because stereotypes are discussed does no good. I know...for I have found that simply expressing rage and anger at the mere mention of stereotypes does nothing but fuel more rage and anger. Intellectual proofs are the best and ONLY way to deal with stereotypes. And I actually thought this might happen...but I was wrong.
With respect to the "one life, all of humanity comment", please note: this is a common teaching in Judaism, Islam, and other religious traditions. I might argue, though I don't necessarily believe it, that your comments in response to my comment show cynicism about my sincerity and undercurrent of bias and dislike against that population (i.e. the Muslim population).
Again, I apologize if I offended anyone (including the individuals on this board presently). Let us move forward. However, I still stand by my convictions that support along national lines by any nation ultimately leads to more pain and suffering. And that tribalism needs to go the way of the dinosaur.
You don't have to thank Lee, we didn't react, that's why you are still here. I really thought for a moment that you could be interesting person. But, can't believe what you really post, and you are 36 (are you?). I just can't compete with you, because of the level of my english. I simply don't have fond of words big enough which I need to write exactly my thoughts. I hope our friends here will make it better. Each forum has some rules, and one thing is the same: it's not alowed to insult people for their nationality or race. And you did just that. And you deserve to be banned. But would you hang yourself after beeing displaced (maybe this forum fulfills your life) was dilema in my head). You should apologize to all serbs in this forum. It was stupid and nasty (besides you were borring with dart cheater and you still are, you keep repeating this rubbish all over again, we all remembered your words, believe me, but you just repeat as a parrot although moderators even explained you what cheating in tennis means). We don't have problem to critisize Novak, but among normal people (it means not with you, Escude, GlenM, Allure,Jaap,...) And, yes, we were sarcastic while
joking around (that's in our blood).
Serbs are not bloodthirsty, not even cowards (far away from that). But, maybe you're gonna clearly see that here if you're interested to change your sick mind. Even if that is wrote in your encyclopedia, you shouldn't insult people with that. Enough!
With "mainstream media" we think on your TV stations and papers controlled by white house. USA bombed Serbia. It means USA was in war with Serbia. And that means,... you can conclude. Showing Serbs in bad manner gives to "NATO campaign" legitimacy (well known as war propaganda).
And, about our nationality, this guys here (except me) are half serbs, half croat, half slovenian, or something else, so why they are defending "bloodthirsty" serbs here, what do you think?