Do you know anything of his books? His biography?
Asking me for a "source" that Handke is a hardcore leftist is like asking someone for a source that Benedict CVI is a Catholic.
You are aware that Handke spoke at Milosevic's funeral, right?
Everything I have found said that he "joined Die Grazer Gruppe", not that he was "a founding member". Besides which, who of any of us weren't more liberal in college than we are today? For God's sake, Ronald Reagan briefly flirted with communism in his youth! (And my source for that was direct conversation with the people who talked him out of it!)
"Screw him. He was a supporter of the Milosevic regime and spoke up in defense of that scumbag."
In the interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung , 31 March 1999, he (Handke) said clearly, "I am with the Serbian people, not Milosevic. Anyone who is not a pronounced anti-Serb is despised as being 'pro-Serb'. Whoever mentions Milosevic's name without immediately adding 'slaughterer', 'Balkan Hitler', 'God protect us', is accused of taking sides with Milosovic. He added, polemically, that "to be called pro-Serb today is an honour."
"You are aware that Handke spoke at Milosevic's funeral, right?"
Yes, and the press twisted his words so much that they had to write a retraction. Here is what Handke said in response:
"I have not laid a red rose on the hearse of Slobodan Milosevic. I did not touch the hearse. I did not wave the Serbian flag. And I have never approved "the Srebrenica massacre and other crimes done in the name of ethnic cleansing." I've never considered the Serbs as "the real victims of the war." And in Pozarevac, I did not come as a "truth seeker." I am not the author of Justice for Serbia, but of Winter Journey to the rivers Danube, Sava, Morava and Drina (Gallimard). And nowhere in my little speech in Pozarevac have I said "I am happy to be close to Slobodan Milosevic, who has defended his people." What is true: I gave my speech in "Serb" (or serbo-croat)! And for all the readers, I am translating it here in French: "The world, the so-called world, knows everything on Yugoslavia, Serbia. The world, the so-called world, knows everything on Slobodan Milosevic. The so-called world knows the truth. For that, the so-called world today is absent, and not only today, and not only here. I know that I do not know. I do not know the truth. But I look. I feel. I remember. For that, I am present today, close to Yugoslavia, close to Serbia, close to Slobodan Milosevic. -- P.H. Actually, the last sentence should be translated as "[F]or that, I am present today, with Yugoslavia, with Serbia, with Slobodan Milosevic," which, although not literal, may better express Handke's sentiments.
Handke was a "Yugoslavist", not "a communist". He believed that if the different peoples of Yugoslavia could get a along, then the world had a chance of peace. You can call that naive, but naivete is not communism. Handke knew enough about the history of the place and the players involved (including Germany's role) in the destruction of Yugoslavia, to know that the blanket "blame it all on the Serbs" attitude was total nonsense -- and racist, to a people who Germany had twice tried to anihilate.
You can fault Handke for many things, but in this case, his behavior is a matter of conscience -- and he has paid dearly for it. Peter Handke is a brave man, and the actions of his detractors has been abominable.
And who all spoke at Tito's funeral? Does that make them Communists?
Helping the remaining Serbian survivors in Kosovo is a good gesture. God bless him!
Too bad that Handke left the seminary. The next German Pope might have been named Peter!
Do you know anything about the fraud perpetrated on Serbia by the EU and Nato, siding with the head chopping Islamists in the Balkans?
IMO history will show that Milosevic was one of the greatest servants of Democratic principles in our lifetime. Just watch the transcripts of the Hague tribunal, it's all there.
The 'lie' against Serbia, used as a tool to break up the Balkans can't pass the smell test.
And this Administration, in it's laziness, seems to be going along with it, very sad.