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The trip over was pretty nightmarish. I had taken the prescribed antihistamines which the doctor had warned *might make me a bit drowsy and incompetent at operating machinery* but I figured since I wasn't flying the plane this would be fine.

It would have been more accurate of the GP to assert *these drugs you need to breathe and see properly will turn you into a total fucking zombie, so just practice sitting staring into space and bleating in a helpless and confused fashion*. Which explains why I managed to forget my laptop in its case at the check in desk, and having run back to retrieve it some ten minutes later (it was still there thanfully)I then managed to forget my boarding ticket while I was buyng water, and having managed to go back for my boarding ticket I then managed to forget the water. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

On the plane an old woman next to me had some kind of collapse which sent a wave of hysteria through her family, so it was a mini-drama but it turned out OK and they managed to revive her. And flying we had some mad turbulence, and the plane shook like a leaf but we did manage to land in one piece.

Stepping off the plane in Belgrade one of the first sights that greeted me was four armed militia men strolling through the airports with machine guns. Which is not the most pleasant *Welcome Home* I have ever experienced. And makes me think that people who insist that I miss out by not watching the news or reading the papers may actually have a point.

The country is fairly tense, no one knows quite what is going to happen and whether the governement shall topple once more. At the moment the parliament is at an impasse, and the whole country is frozen through its inability to elect a governement and the various warring factions inability to pull together.

At the first round of elections (just gone) we had no less than 15 different candidates and it transpired that the Radical party did very well because the various democratic parties were too busy splitting voters. The radicals got 30% of the votes which puts them above all the others, but doesn't give them a clear majority so the second round of elections are going through soon, and I shall vote, and then I shall duck if things go pear shaped and there is another struggle for power, or if even worse the Radicals come to power.

This is why this is bad: Radicals are very reactionary, they are very nationalistic, and conservative and quite militant. If the Radicals come to power I think the other governements will just cut off diplmatic relations AGAIN and smack down sanctions on our heads. It is a scary prospect, and even more frightening is the prospect of how scarily united they are.

Which is why the second round of elections is a bit like Democracy's last stand- not that the Democrats are any less corrupt but they are more moderate in thier policies.

Everyone is really anxious and I've had nightmarish visions of martial law and civil war, but hopefully it won't come to that. In any case I'm going to vote, and motivate as many people as possible to vote, and then hope for the best.

It's a scary situation though. Like we're all waltzing through a old minefield and no one quite knows what's going on or whether anything is suddenly going to erupt and go BOOM.

On a positive note the weather is nice.

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mzwyndi
Jun. 17th, 2004 06:27 am (UTC)
*hug* Stay safe. Stupidity can break out easily in such strange times.
rainsinger
Jun. 18th, 2004 03:39 pm (UTC)
Will do. :) Just going to keep my head down and steer clear of anyting impulsive or reckless.

thanks for the hug :)
dubaiyan
Jun. 17th, 2004 08:42 am (UTC)
eep
Take care, won't you
rainsinger
Jun. 18th, 2004 03:39 pm (UTC)
Re: eep
Will do :)
lillfive
Jun. 17th, 2004 08:46 am (UTC)
If it comforts you at all, the airports in Florida all
still have armed militia people roaming around. It is
quite jarring and a car was left un-attended for 2 minutes
and people started freaking out and calling over the guards. I thought it would be less tense by now, but
obviously not.

I thought of you last night because I watched a docu on
HBO called 'Children in War.' It focused a lot on Belgrade.
I hope things don't ever go back to those times and I'm
thinking of you. I do hope you have a nice visit.
rainsinger
Jun. 18th, 2004 03:42 pm (UTC)
If it comforts you at all, the airports in Florida all
still have armed militia people roaming around. It is
quite jarring and a car was left un-attended for 2 minutes
and people started freaking out and calling over the guards. I thought it would be less tense by now, but
obviously not.


Wow. I have a hard time picturing that.
Militia thing is pretty new in Belgrade, it's never happened before and I find thier presence unsettling because I don't trust thier competence, or motives, or abilityt o actually help in times of crisis.

I thought of you last night because I watched a docu on
HBO called 'Children in War.' It focused a lot on Belgrade.


How intersting. :)
What was the message in the programme?
lillfive
Jun. 19th, 2004 09:11 am (UTC)
They talked little of politics, so I still am not as aware of
why there was fighting as I should be. I understood N.
Ireland and Palestine/Israel, but I still need to read up on
the fighting in your land.

The main point to me at least was that children are the
forgotten victims of war. The news shows pics of injured
or killed children, but they never really focus on the living
victims. They showed art the children had created and it
was powerful. And sad.

Really I just kept watching and thinking, "I know someone
who lived through this. I know someone. This can't happen
anymore. Ever."

it made me a pacifist for life- under any circumstances.
So that's saying something, I guess ;)
tentaclos
Jun. 17th, 2004 09:34 am (UTC)
here's hoping you & you're family is safe -- and that the democrats take the 30% thing as a smack upside the head & unite somewhat. A strongly nationalist government scares the hell out of me!
rainsinger
Jun. 18th, 2004 03:42 pm (UTC)
. A strongly nationalist government scares the hell out of me!

*shudder*
me too.
guihong
Jun. 17th, 2004 09:08 pm (UTC)
I send my thoughts for the safety of you and your family during this difficult time.

with love,
gui
rainsinger
Jun. 18th, 2004 03:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
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