Wednesday was the 31st anniversary of the death of the father of modern Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito known as the benevolent dictator. His dream of brotherhood and unity is alive, barely actually, on life support in the form of Bosnia. Really the last of the multi-ethnic republics that made up the former Yugoslavia. After the spark of nationalism set alight by Slobodan Milosevic which consumed the former Yugoslavia Bosnia is all that remains. Bosnia is the only remaining multi-ethnic state and it's future remains murky at best.
The slogan of Brotherhood and Unity meant something to me and so many others, but the voice of fear, hatred and nationalism was louder. Let's hope after 20 years of mistrust that we can get back to keeping brotherhood and unity in your eye.
The hotel I stay in Sarajevo is just across the Miljacka river from Tito Cafe, alas when I returned last summer it had been replaced by another less glamorous establishment. It seems Yugo nostalgia hasn't caught on in the same was as Ost-German and Ost-Berlin nostalgia...Too bad, people like me will continue to wait and while we do, I will continue to think of the last great communist leader, Josip Broz Tito, who is gone but not forgotten.