Bosko Brkic and Admira Ismic: Misdescription


Bosko Brkic and Admira Ismic dead, 1993
25 years old

War intervened in love — that’s the problem. In such situations, the laws of love do not exist. Only the laws of war.

Zijo Ismic, father of Admira Ismic, 2013. From Gordana Sandic-Hadzihasanovic, “Twenty Years On: The Unfinished Lives Of Bosnia’s Romeo And Juliet“. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, May 19, 2013.

The Romeo and Juliet of Sarajevo, to some. Wrote about them, with the description “He is Serb. She is Muslim”. Such a misdescription. One can be Muslim anywhere. The identifier should not be the religion, but one’s country. To the extent that religion becomes relevant to the story, as is the case here, that is a separate issue.

Is being Serbian an ethnic trait, or a reference to one’s geographic origins, similar to “he is of German descent”? Though it seems that some speak of “ethnic German”. Turns out this is a matter of debate. All Balkans share the same gene pool, so some distinguish Serbs on the basis of religion. Plus, there are persons of Serbian descent whose religion is Muslim.

Most, but not all Serbs are Orthodox Christians. Most, but not all Bosniaks are Muslims. Both live in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as do Croats–most, but not all of whom are Catholics.

At a minimum, should have said that both grew up in Bosnia and Herzegovina–specifically, Sarajevo, and that they were of Serbian and Bosnian descent, respectively.

Still, it was described as Serb forces, surrounding Sarajevo, who ordered Muslim prisoners to pick up their bodies, after they had been lying there for four days…


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