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What was remarkable in the simultaneous Strasbourg-Sarajevo Art television broadcast titled le Couloir pour la parole a corridor for free speech on December 19 1993 was the absolute status the extraordinary superiority conferred by misery distress and total delusion The very features which enabled the inhabitants of Sarajevo to treat the Europeans with contempt or at least with a sarcastic feeling of freedom that contrasted sharply with the remorse and the hypocritical regrets of their counterparts They were not in need of compassion they were in fact the ones to take pity on our dejected condition I spit on Europe one of them was heard saying No one indeed can be more free more sovereign in a rightful contempt directed not so much at the enemy than at those whose good conscience balks in the sun of so-called solidarity And God knows that they have seen lines of those people pass by Lastly it was Susan Sontag who came to have Waiting for Godot played in Sarajevo Why not bring Bouvard Pecuchet to Somalia or Afghanistan But the worse is not about this cultural soul-boosting It is about the condescending manner in making out what is strength what is weakness They are strong It is us who are weak and who go there to make good for our loss of strength and sense of reality The problem lies indeed in the nature of our reality We have got only one and it must be preserved Even if it is by the use of the most heinous of all paroles One must do something One cannot remain idle Yet to do something for the sole reason that one cannot do nothing never has been a valid principle for action nor for liberty At the most it is an excuse for ones own powerlessness and a token of self-pity The people of Sarajevo are not bothered by such questions Being where they are
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