In 1979, Slobodan Milosevic was on top of the world, and socialized with a people like Rockefeller. Then he threw all that away – writes Darko Hudelist for Nedeljnik magazine in an article about the political ascend of Milosevic.
“1979 was a very important year, maybe the most important year in the 20th century both in the world and in the former Yugoslavia. This was the year when IT revolution started, followed by globalization, with the Americans leading the both. The West definitely triumphed over the East, and it was actually that year that marked the beginning of the end of the Berlin Wall, although the Wall was physically destroyed ten years later, in 1989”, Hudelist says.
“In 1979, Milosevic was on top of the world. He drank whiskey with Rockefeller in Chase Manhattan Bank in New York, the most powerful banking group in the world and the place where the globalization started. His English was good, he was using phrases like “few and far between” while chatting with Rockefeller about maize, wheat, cattle breeding, loans… He was untouchable. Milosevic was a friend of the West and Rockefeller really liked him”, Hudelist writes.
“So, what happened to Milosevic to turn his back on the world elite in the 1980s and return to the Balkan wilderness and for him, more than any other politically-minded Serb in Yugoslavia, to defy the West, just several years after he started a great friendship (which had its material benefits) with Rockefeller?”, the article goes on to say.
“In other words, why did Milosevic turn his back on the West in the 1980s, and uncompromisingly chose East and South? It seems that the best answer to this question is found in the book called “Between East and South”, written by his wife Mira Markovic in 1996. In the foreword she talks about what she finds the most fascinating about the East and the South and says that East brought us mass mysticism, folk wisdom, heroism, terrible cruelty, touching solidarity, noble religiosity, unbridled passion, sudden apathy, irrational revenge.”, Markovic writes
“And the South brought us child-like vulnerability, perfect irrationality, almost indestructible vitality, unpredictable cheerfulness, dangerous disorganization, cult patriarchy, vigorous irresponsibility, the most important denial in the world, the ability to be hungry and bare, the inability to be alone”, Markovic adds.
Could it be that she was the key influence in Milosevic sudden U-turn towards the East and the South?
In its article, New Republic magazine further analyses the strong influence that Markovic had over Milosevic and says: “In the years that followed, Markovic cemented her backstage grip, planning key moves. Milosevic phoned Mira about every half-hour, said a man I’ll call Bojan, who was once a member of the couple’s innermost circle. She has written many of her husband’s speeches. The short ones were always hers, Bojan said; no longer than seven minutes was her rule. For years, she has written a column in a popular Belgrade magazine; her column was nicknamed “The Horoscope” because it heralded twists and turns in Milosevic’s policy-making and was a reliable forecast of the political fortunes of Serbia’s elite.”
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