OPINION

Veering off course

Why is it that our political parties have been highlighting reform and renewal as their chief aims over the past few years? Evidently it’s because they believe the public see elements of anachronism and decadence in their behavior. But what do the parties regard as «renewal» and how do they believe they can achieve it? These questions have been raised many times before and have come up once again following their reaction to the USA’s recognition of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) as the «Republic of Macedonia.» From the moment the news broke, the government and opposition veered off course, arguing about who was most to blame for the development. And the accusations were not limited to recent happenings but sought to attribute blame for events dating back 15 years. What is the point of rehashing the history of the whole affair? The everyday citizen is inclined to believe, above all, that the recognition of FYROM as the «Republic of Macedonia» is exclusively due to our country’s successive mistakes in its handling of the matter. One is also inclined to judge the governments of both parties, apportioning praise and blame. Meanwhile, all sides are debating the imperialism, arrogance and despotism of Bush’s policy. So it is hardly surprising that the public is questioning the logic behind politicians’ assertions that our country should convince the US president against the recognition…