Alex Dragnich

Home Alex Dragnich
Post

Srebrenica

Nicholas Burns, the U.S. undersecretary of state, declared, at a press briefing he gave after returning from a recent trip to the Balkan hot spots, that former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic “ordered the execution of 8,000 men and boys

Post

Attack of the Greenies

I was born and grew up in Washington’s rural Ferry County, in the northeastern corner of the state.  In 2000, Republican Sen. Slade Gorton was narrowly defeated by ex-Democratic Congressman Maria Cantwell, who spent huge sums of money and yet

Homage to Montenegro
Post

Homage to Montenegro

Not until I was well into this book did I realize how much it is needed.  The son of illiterate Serbian immigrants from Montenegro, I knew almost no early Montenegrin history.  Some of that history is noble, some confused, and

Post

The Agony of Kosovo

The agony of Kosovo, Serbia’s ill-omened province, is recorded in the pages of history. Over the centuries, Kosovo was transformed from an ethnically homogeneous center of the Serbian medieval empire to an embattled region populated predominantly by ethnic Albanians demanding

Post

The Yugoslav God That Failed

The fate of one family rarely matters except to those directly involved. Yet family histories—often tragedies can sometimes tell us a great deal about a nation’s social fabric. One such story involves my aunt, Vida Knezevich Kontich—my mother’s older sister—and

Cry, the Beloved Country
Post

Cry, the Beloved Country

The Yugoslav civil war will turn out to be, from the long perspective of the American experience, a mere dot on the horizon. But for a small part of the American landscape—the Americans of Serbian descent—the twisted portrayal of this

The Future of Kosovo
Post

The Future of Kosovo

The fate of Kosovo, Serbia’s troubled province, has in recent years received a good deal of attention in the world press, usually in connection with the actions of Serbia’s president, Slobodan Miloševic. A somewhat obscure communist until he became head

The Unknown Civil War
Post

The Unknown Civil War

The use of NATO military strikes against the Bosnian Serbs, at the urgings of the Clinton administration, camouflages for the moment a rift that has occurred in the Western alliance. Sooner or later recriminations over “who lost Yugoslavia?” are certain