Seselj: United States’ desire to install Western-style democracy leads to bloodbaths

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PHOTO: TANJUG / SRDJAN ILIC

BELGRADE – Bolstered by his release from the Hague and the European refugee crisis, the man who once sought, and faces charges for a mono-ethnic “Greater Serbia” told Sputnik about his new plans for the upcoming Serbian election.

PHOTO: TANJUG / SRDJAN ILIC
PHOTO: TANJUG / SRDJAN ILIC

Having gained conditional release from an inconclusive, decade-long trial on charges of crimes against humanity, godfather of modern Serbia’s politics Vojislav Šešelj told Sputnik Serbia about his plans for the country’s future.

Serbia’s current prime minister and president are members of a splinter of Šešelj’s Radical Party, which split after Šešel’s objections to Serbia’s membership of the European Union. While opinion polls show that the party could gain seven percent in the upcoming parliamentary elections, it could gain as much as 20 percent, according to the party’s own data.

“I think that Serbia has opened its doors too widely for migrants, and it’s already becoming a serious danger. There is also the danger that the EU could demand that we keep 100,000 to 200,000 migrants,” Šešelj told Sputnik.

Šešelj was the ideological architect of Serbia’s politics in the 1990s, although his party was in opposition to Slobodan Milosevic’s rule between Milosevic’s participation in the Bosnian Peace Talks and the upsurge in violence in Kosovo in 1998.

Although initially advocating a mono-ethnic, Christian Serbian state taking up most of former Yugoslavia, Šešelj has reportedly reformed his views.

“I have nothing against helping women and children, but there are also many Syrian men, who are capable of fighting. We would return them to [Syrian President Bashar] Assad, so that he would mobilize them to defend their country,” Šešelj added.

Commenting on the influx of Iraqi and Afghani refugees going through Serbia, Šešelj said that the United States’ desire to install Western-style democracy leads to bloodbaths.

“If they really wanted to defend democracy and human rights, they would have started with Saudi Arabia, the most dismal country in the modern world,” Šešelj told Sputnik.

Šešelj drew most of his election prospects from his relationship with Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, of the splinter Serbian Progressive Party. A former Minister of Information under Slobodan Milosevic, Vučić’s difficulties come from his inability to resolve issues in Kosovo because of his pro-EU stance, according to Šešelj.

However, he believes that convincing Vučić to abandon the pro-EU path is still possible.

“Everything is possible. This may not be the most obvious option, but you have to understand that Vučić is currently in a most unenviable position. He realized that he can’t enact sanctions against Russia, but the EU is exerting very strong pressure on him. The EU constantly blackmails him because of Kosovo, creating new conditions, but he has already conceded beyond what is appropriate,” Šešelj told Sputnik.

For his campaign program, Šešelj said that his party promotes Serbia’s economic self-reliance and protection of domestic manufacturers.

In terms of foreign policy, he said that he wants Serbia to have an alliance with Russia, apparently similar to the one from 1999, when Serbia’s parliament voted to join the Union State of Russia and Belarus on the first day of NATO bombing.

“We would like to rely on Russia, and have a status like Belarus, that is, to be an independent state, firmly tied to Russia politically, economically and militarily,” Šešelj told Sputnik.

Asked on what he would do if the trial against him reaches a guilty verdict during his campaign, Šešelj said that he expects it to bolster his campaign.

“We already started the campaign, so this verdict could be a new wind in its sails,” Šešelj told Sputnik.

He added that Vučić has vowed not to extradite him, although he is prepared for any outcome.

“Will he change his mind? We will see. I can say one thing. I will not run or hide anywhere. If they come for me, they will have to carry me to the airport, so a spectacle is guaranteed,” Šešelj added.

Šešelj’s past, as well as his ties with Vučić in the “Greater Serbia” project pursued during the Yugoslav breakup wars could bolster his popularity among voters, who supported Vučić in 2012.

In the 2008 split, current Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić formed a splinter of the party, which focused on a path toward EU integration.

Šešelj voluntarily turned himself in to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for trial in 2003, but the court has been unable to reach a verdict, finally releasing him in 2014 on health grounds.

“This cannot be normal in principle,” Šešelj commented on the lengthy trial, “Even in the US with its Anglo-Saxon court system, which is also used in the Hague, a criminal trial can last more than two years. In my case, the Hague tribunal has sunk in quicksand,” Šešelj said.

On August 28, 2013, one of the judges on the tribunal was disqualified for demonstrating “unacceptable appearance of bias in favour of conviction,” according to the case information sheet.

4 COMMENTS

  1. No one has more at heart for Serbia than Šešelj himself. Only many Serbs would doubt this fact but, the CIA and Western interests knew this man was the real deal and would not accept bribes turning on his own people. Hopefully, this time serb will wake up and recognise the importance to keeping Britain & America/Albainia and likes, the hell out!

    • Hi, Linda M, tragically neither Serbs nor Russians, nor Greeks nor Germans nor ANY OTHER EUROPEANS accept undeniable truth that England aka “Great” Britain is Mortal Enemy of ALL EUROPEANS AND ANYBODY OF EUROPEAN ROOTS like Canadians, Australians and even whiteys of USA.

  2. While I don’t agree with him on many issues and would agree to discuss them democratically, he is certainly not a sellout and has a backbone to stand by what he thinks is right. His comment is spot on here “We would return them to [Syrian President Bashar] Assad, so that he would mobilize them to defend their country,” Yes, those men are better off fighting for their country’s sovereignty as nothing worthwhile would ever come by escape routes to dependency. Hope he would be able to steer his former associate’s stance away from EU pitfall. A new alliance with those who think along those lines would prove tramendously beneficial.

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