A gdje si, Otpor?
(in English: "But where are you, Otpor?" "Otpor" is the name of a Serbian organization whose English translation is "resistance.")
In the tradition of the revered hajduk warriors who staved off Turkish and Austro-Hungarian encroachment centuries ago, the Serbian people don't react cooperatively to the pressure of outsiders. Think back to end of the last century: neither of two bloody wars in the 1990's, nor American bombing in Belgrade, nor the opposition of most of the free world, nor the demands of a war crimes tribunal in The Hague, were enough to topple the Slobodan Milosevic dictatorship in Belgrade.
So how did Milosevic fall? Through a grassroots movement of Serbian students called Otpor.
Otpor got its start with a group of young people in Belgrade who advocated non-violent pressure against Slobo's reign. It spread rapidly until it had vibrant organizations in over 70 Serbian cities. When Otpor organized a march on the national Parliament in response to Milosevic's insistence on an unwarranted election recount, he was forced to step down. Otpor's mass helped the police and security services give in without violent resistance in defense of the regime.
If a grassroots student group can bring down an entrenched and powerful dictator with no qualms against using brutal repression to remain in power, imagine what they could accomplish with ferreting out war criminals who are holding their country back.
As the Serbian people become more aware of how much they are suffering because war criminals still enjoy impunity, we may see a resurgence in this powerful and respected movement, capable of delivering real results.
Let's all lend our support to Otpor.