Josip Broz Tito died this month 40 years ago, but we won’t talk much about him here. Just about one of his decisions, but not any decision. About the one that was adopted exactly 72 years ago and which determined his leadership career, but also the fate of the people he led. You probably already assume that this is a breakup with the Soviet Union, a famous “historical NO”. I guess that those May days, exactly 72 years ago, in Tito’s office were really busy, that estimates and variants of how to respond to “Big Brother” if it started sharply were tested. I can almost see Tito’s worried generals explaining the risks to the marshal, because the Soviets are on practically all the eastern and northern borders of the country, and the heads of the UDBA (State Security Administration) and KOS (Counterintelligence Service) report on thousands of fifth-columnists who could hardly wait for the Red Army to enter Yugoslavia and overthrow the revisionist from Kumrovec.
However, we all know what happened in the end and what we should proudly remember in a little less than two months, when it will be 72 years since the Resolution of the Information Bureau and Tito’s break with Stalin.
His resistance determined the path of post-war Yugoslavia, his decision meant that Yugoslavia had decided, that it did not want to be another Soviet republic, as Eastern Europe was already full of such states. He chose values, not the side, he chose a stable future, not a short-term alliance. His decision was not based on fear, but on the belief that each nation has enough strength and courage to make a decision that concerns it.
As risky as it is to draw a historical analogy from 1948, we must sometimes dare to take lessons from difficult moments in our history.
Even today, Serbia is under pressure to decide, it is no secret. Of course, there are many who want Serbia not to decide, to stay “somewhere in between”, but behind each of such demands is more or less an open support to embrace Russia as the biggest or even the only big ally and turn back on the West. Such “uncertainty” is just a treacherous mask for the supreme servitude to Moscow, which borders on the fifth-column IB from the 1948. It is determined by the belief that the West (EU, USA, NATO …) wants some kind of destruction of Serbia, and in fact is a concession to the most destructive forces in our society, which want to preserve ancient nationalism, corrupt centralized economy, leisure … in comparison to reforms, open competition… Today, Serbia, like Yugoslavia seven decades ago, does not choose between Russia and the West. It chooses between two value systems, which compete on a global level, and the outcome is so far more than convincing. It chooses between an open society and a competitive economy on the one hand and the censored internet and the tycoon “I-to you-you-to me” on the other. Both packages of values are under the protection of huge military, economic and political forces. But it was the same in 1948, and the decision was reached. And it was good. Tough for those who made it, but good for the people and the state, in the long run. Sometimes history can really be the best advisor. Today, the basic question is whether uncertainty is a viable decision in the long run. The answer is simple, uncertainty is just a weakness that does not contain any essence and nowadays it is more of an empty phrase than a political position. Not even countries stronger than our are undecided, not even those that are among the strongest. Because uncertainty is not a political virtue, it is a forced phrase, full of hypocrisy that only seems like a comfortable position to the inexperienced. Today, uncertainty does not refer to military alliances (although there is only one), but to value systems from the beginning of the column. On the quality of life, education, salaries, pensions, economy, future. And according to all of the above, a responsible politician cannot (and must not) be undecided! And finally, let’s face it, do we want to be like Russia? To have an economy like Russia has, such a political system, quality of life … It is legitimate and nothing easier to reject all the values of Western civilization and to embrace Putin’s Russia. Well ok, and that’s also a decision. And why would we be undecided if “Mother Russia” is our only friend and everything we need? Then we are not fair to ourselves or to it. If everything is as our Russophiles claim, and if this pro-Putin hysteria in Serbia (which is stronger and louder than in Russia) is the majority position, then there is no such false dilemma. Then Serbia should not and must not be undecided. It should be clear and firm with Russia, taking into account the interests of Putin and Russia. There is no need, therefore, to flirt with the West and the evil of the USA and Great Britain, which have, at the top of the agenda (every morning as soon as they start working), how to destroy Serbia and the Serbian people. And it is extremely incomprehensible why we would like to enter a family of values such as the EU with member states which, as some of our ministers say, are our enemies. So, nothing easier for our leadership. Reject the hypocritical West and finally and formally become a small Russia in the Balkans. Everything is better than uncertainty. Dante Alighieri said: “The darkest circles of hell are reserved for those who are undecided in times of moral crisis.