Lessons from Bosnia — Part 8


Meliha Avdic
14 min readOct 16

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I’ll have to start by defining the word. Not because we don’t know it, but because we don’t use it half as much as we should.

Accountability is being accountable or responsible. While accountable means required or expected to justify actions or decisions, and able to be explained or understood.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s look into accountability, some of the different types of accountability, and why accountability is before the article about the Rule of Law.

I’ve already mentioned that OHR, Mr Christian Schmidt, had suspended our constitution for 24 hours to make changes that he knew were against our constitution. However, the change he made was NOT for 24 hours. Which means, now that our constitution has been reinstated, that change he imposed is against our constitution. By the way, it also means that we did not have a constitution for those 24 hours. The level of stupidity here is beyond any justification. So, if we’re to look for accountability, where do we begin?

Obviously, not with the international community. They’ve crossed all levels of reason and dived deep into some odd state that I don’t even know how to describe. However, should they be accountable? If so, to whom? Have they turned Bosnia into an experiment of how far they could go with zero accountability, depending on nothing but reinventing the narrative?

And now that I’ve mentioned narrative, well that needs to be looked into. It is important on all levels. From personal to international, and the higher up we go, the more important it gets.

The narrative can be based on lies. Pure and simple lies. Complete opposite of what is true. For example, group A is murdering people from group B, the narrative is that group B is killing people from group A.

On the other hand, we have truth presented in a context that gives it a whole new meaning. This is about catching the moment. For example, talking about how many people group X saved. Presenting the statistics of how many innocent people were killed at that time gives the impression that group X killed them. In other words, failing to save people becomes equivalent to killing them in that context. The greatest danger of this is that those who use…

Meliha Avdic

Born in Bosnia, grew up in the UK-another war child, yes. Passionate about people and the state of society. A bit of a maverick. www.meliha.webador.co.uk