"Serbien muss sterbien?"
Man ist geneigt diese Geschichte ins Reich der Legende abzutun. Und wenn Sichtweisen Märchen sein können, so ist dies eines. Anmerkungen zum Umfeld von Peter Handkes Streitschrift "Gerechtigkeit für Serbien".
aus: "Serbien muss sterbien" – aus Tradition? (1999), von Ralph Kendlbacher©
Below you will find the Juergen Habermas piece, written in 1999, during the NATO/US assault on Serbia [the Kosovo war] that Handke felt forever disqualified Haberms calling himself a philosopher! I myself would say that this extremely thoughtful piece that nonetheless seemed to endorse the NATO actions in Kosovo is missing an empirical understanding, the empirical dimension of the causes for the dissolution of what Habermas appears to regard as a 2nd world nation state, dis-contemporaneous with both 1st and 3rd world countries; in other words, we are thinking in categories that bounce around like a bunch of little paper ships in the bathtub of a philosophical seminar each lighted by small wax candle. This lack of real world understanding is the more surprising since Habermas if anyone appeared to have an appreciation of the significance of the wave of Neo-Liberalism that had set in with the elections of Reagan, Thatcher and Kohl. Within Habermas swarm of insufficient contending and self-acknowledged contradictory categories his little ships, however, do a very fine, thoughtful but ultimately inconclusive dance. What is missing is the appreciation of the over-arching effects of a technologically organized world economy that has the entire world in its grasp and that not only dissolves autonomies but individual identities, the very matters against which the various quite different religious and ethnic tribes were revolting in the 2nd Federation which was no longer economically viable at the end of the cold war, but which might well have continued if, say, Secretary Baker, under Bush I, had seen a “dog” there, if the U.S., not even to mention NATO or the European Union, had been farsighted enough to recognize that the admission of such a federation, which in many ways resembled its own federalist arrangement, would have been mutually beneficial. However, the only use this kind of Monday morning quarter-backing has is to remember how picayune the mentalities of the then leaders were, is it likely to have wider horizons now, ten twenty some years later?
von Juergen Habermas