|AP Photo (Image Source)|
Last week the general who led the forces protecting Sarajevo during the siege was arrested in Austria on war crimes charges brought by the nation of Serbia. The general, Jovan Divjak, is a Bosnian patriot through and through and a hero in Sarajevo, but he's also a Serb. The city was full of protesters last week, agitating for Divjak's release.
Sarajevo has a rich and centuries-old tradition of tolerance and multi-ethnicity. I have no idea whether Divjak was guilty of war crimes (though the UN has already said that the incident he was arrested for was not a war crime), but watching Sarajevans rally around a Serb who is one of their own reminds me not to be too reductionist in my explanations of the previous war. Another Bosnian Serb said that Divjak fought "for the idea of a multi-ethnic Bosnia and Herzegovina." The response to his arrest seems to prove that multi-ethnicism is still an important Bosnian value.