Since Zlata is too young to understand or be told the reason for the Civil War, what and whom does she blame for the war?

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Zlata is indeed too young to know the precise reasons behind the civil war in Yugoslavia. But she's certainly mature and intelligent enough to know that it's in some way related to the world of politics. And it's politics that she ultimately blames for the bitter, bloody conflict that has...

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Zlata is indeed too young to know the precise reasons behind the civil war in Yugoslavia. But she's certainly mature and intelligent enough to know that it's in some way related to the world of politics. And it's politics that she ultimately blames for the bitter, bloody conflict that has caused such immense suffering and loss of life in her country.

In the midst of all this chaos and bloodshed Zlata constantly asks herself who's to blame. Although she can't pin the blame on a specific individual, or group of individuals, she arrives at the general conclusion that politics is to blame for it all. Yet, as she freely acknowledges, she isn't interested in politics and doesn't know an awful lot about it. So if she's to find out who's to blame for this terrible conflict then she's going to have to know something about politics.

Zlata's going to have to do this for herself as her parents won't discuss politics with her. Either this is because they think that Zlata's too young, or because they themselves don't know anything about the subject. Either way, all they keep telling Zlata is "This will pass; it has to pass", meaning that the war will one day be over.

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