Defiant in their subjectivity, two citizens — one from Kosovo, one from Serbia — expressed to an American reporter strikingly similar sentiments regarding their own respective futures and recently completed peace negotiations. The two declarations, edited so as to appear back-to-back in the broadcast, both revealed a stalwart sense of independence. The first speaker, a Kosovar refugee whose tone exhibited ebullient resolve, declared that although Serbian troops forced her to abandon her land, they could ‘never take away [her] hope and heart.’ The second interviewee, a resident of Belgrade, echoed this assertion with his own avowal that NATO could bomb the city, but it could ‘never take away [his] pride.’ The interviews, granted, perhaps, 30 seconds of air time, offer an excellent example of an almost Cartesian optimism in the subject, for both seemed to aver that their enemies may persecute them but never objectify them: their minds will remain independent despite bodily harm. The political and cultural ideology of the other, in short, will never permeate their subjectivities, for the other may dominate the material realm by annihilating cities or burning identification papers, but it may never penetrate the ideal province of the self. I think, therefore I am.
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James M. Decker
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