“Spreading fear, politicizing terrorist threats, denying Muslim nations and communities in the Balkans their legitimate political demands and problems because of their alleged links with global terrorism, will only strengthen the terrorists and help them achieve their goal. They want to see the world in chaos. They want to prove that Muslims are threatened by others everywhere in the world, including the Balkans, and that only they can protect them, by using force. By inhibiting Islamophobia and the antis-Islamic sentiment, we are depriving terrorists of their primary weapon to mobilize new followers. Broadcasting of footage whose main actors died in the Syrian war a few months ago could not have occurred by chance in the days when Pope Francis was scheduled to visit Sarajevo. This is the best proof of what I just said, revealing the goal of the video’s producers: to send a different message to the region than the one Sarajevo and the Pope sent that day”, says Jusic.
The Balkans is a vulnerable area; close to the memory of the suffering and chaos of the nineties in which extremists of all nations “fed each other.” However, Jusic said the rightists around Europe and in the world are seeking justification for their xenophobic and no less violent attitude towards all Muslims in the actions of a small group of extremists.
“Such an approach should not be repeated, especially here in the former Yugoslavia, where we have long experience of multiculturalism and coexistence of different religious and ethnic groups. Especially now that we know where sowing fear and prejudice against “the others” took us in the nineties. I believe the horrific crimes of the period, which culminated with the genocide in Srebrenica, must be a lesson for the future, that this region never again plays with hate and fear”, said Jusic.