Bazdulj: About a "Greater Serbian hegemony"
Since complaining about a "Greater Serbian hegemony" has been popular in the regional context, let's have a look at the consequences it had on the surrounding countries and peoples.
Knowledge is power and the best gift, and one, of course, should not look a gift horse in the mouth. Although the timing is far from ideal and although such insinuations at a time when the deceased has not even cooled down are indecent, to say the least, we have learned that Djordje Balasevic had participated in the criminal project of "Greater Serbian hegemony" directed primarily against Albanians in the mid-1980s by singing a song titled "Don't Break My Acacias" ("Ne lomite mi bagrenje") and that the Albanians were the biggest, but by no means the only victims of a "Greater Serbian hegemony" at the time when he sang that song so brutally.
Let's see how ugly and terrible that “Greater Serbian hegemony” was. The album "Bezdan" with the song "Don't Break My Acacias" was released in June 1986. A few weeks before the release of the album, Sinan Hasani, an ethnic Albanian, a member of the national minority, who at the time, according to the results of the latest census, represented about seven percent of the population in SFRY, came at the helm of the Presidency of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the most important function in the country, taking the position of a symbolic successor to Josip Broz Tito. Sinan Hasani was by no means a symbolic Sejdo Bajramovic, he was, in today's words, a legitimate representative of the Yugoslav Albanians, to the greatest extent that was possible in a one-party state.
When, almost a quarter century later in the United States, a member of a minority that amounts to about 14 percent of the population there was elected president for the first time, those who are trumpeting today about "Greater Serbia hegemony" from the 1980s peed their pants with happiness in the pathetic exaltation and admiration for a country where, you see, even that was possible.
How fatal it was to Albanians
After the end of World War II, the illiterate population in Kosovo accounted for 74 percent of the total population. Only twenty-five years later, a university was founded where, after only ten years, more than 26,000 full-time students studied. In the 1980s, at a time when Albanians in Kosovo were victims of a "Greater Serbian hegemony" led by Djordje Balasevic, a larger percentage of young people studied there, proportionally speaking, than anywhere else in Yugoslavia (26 students per thousand inhabitants, compared to 14 per thousand in Slovenia and Croatia).
At the same time, between 120,000 and 150,000 South Slavs lived in neighbouring Albania, having absolutely no rights whatsoever. They did not have the right to gather in groups larger than five, they could not communicate with the Yugoslav Embassy, they could not be called by their real name since the decree was issued that "citizens who have inappropriate names from a political, ideological and moral point of view and degrading surnames - must replace them", while another decree changed the Slavic names of settlements to Albanian ones.
But yes, that was Enver Hoxha, so it didn't matter, but Djordje Balasevic tormented Albanians in Yugoslavia.
There are other statistical indicators of the fatal effects of a "Greater Serbian hegemony" on Albanians in Kosovo. According to the 1948 census, there were 68 percent of Albanians and 27 percent of Serbs in Kosovo. At the time, Balasevic had not yet been born, so "Greater Serbian hegemony" was led by somewhat more subtle figures such as Slobodan Penezic Krcun and Aleksandar Rankovic. The results of their work were clearly visible in 1981, when the percentage of Albanians rose to 77 percent and of Serbs declined to 15 percent.
Croats were also victims of "Greater Serbian hegemony". That can also be clearly seen from the statistics. In 1948, there were 14.5 percent of Serbs in Croatia. At the last pre-war census (pre-World War II), there were 16.8 percent of them, so it is obvious that the Ustasha genocide reduced their numbers by 2.3 percentage points. One would expect that a "Greater Serbian hegemony" would at least help bring the statistics closer to the previous situation. But, alas, no! In 1981, Serbs amounted to only 11.6 percent of population in Croatia according to the census. In terms of percentage, some thirty years of "Greater Serbian hegemony" cost them more than four years of NDH (Independent State of Croatia).
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, as is well known, "Greater Serbian hegemony" was particularly cruel to Muslims, i.e. Bosniaks. Ever since population census started to be carried out in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbs, i.e. the Orthodox population always had a relative majority, followed by Muslims and finally, Croats as the least numerous. However, in 1971, in the midst of the worst "Greater Serbian hegemony", the Muslims in Bosnia and Herzegovina outnumbered the Serbs. Furthermore, according to the well-known proponent of "Greater Serbian hegemony" Husnija Kamberovic, between 1969 and 1980, more than 800 mosques were built in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which means that one mosque was built every five days, or six a month, or 72 a year. Well, yes, it all makes perfect sense as it is known that a "Greater Serbian hegemony" has a particular hatred for Islam.
As for the Montenegrins, half a million of them were so brutally "hegemonized" by eight million Serbs that in that cruel hegemony-lympics they in fact disappeared at a scale of 16:1. Montenegrins, if you did not know, are gone. Both Milo Djukanovic and Mijo Popovic and Tamara Nikcevic are mere holograms, created by a manipulation-prone "Greater Serbian hegemony" that hides from the world the fact that it has destroyed an entire nation. Finally, the fact that under the rule of the "Greater Serbian hegemony" the Slovenes for the first time got the opportunity to be educated in their own language at the university, and the Macedonians to make their language official in general and to print books on it, speaks for itself.
And the best proof of how destructive "Greater Serbian hegemony" is can be seen by the fact that all these peoples “have seen better days” after getting rid of "Greater Serbian hegemony". Under "Greater Serbian hegemony", one of the best and most effective antibiotics in the world was invented and patented in Croatia, and today they are not even able to import foreign vaccines in sufficient and necessary numbers.
Under "Greater Serbian hegemony", Sarajevo deserved and hosted the Olympic Games, and today Bosnia and Herzegovina is the most populous among the few European countries that can be counted on the fingers of one hand, and which did not win any Olympic medals. Under "Greater Serbian hegemony" the number of Albanians in Kosovo was steadily rising and is now generally declining.
The public is full of "regional worrywarts" who are trumpeting about the dangers of a "Greater Serbian hegemony". History, however, is a teacher of life, and as we have seen, it clearly and unequivocally teaches us that the only ones who should fear the "Greater Serbian hegemony" are in fact - the Serbs.