Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic brought up some painful childhood memories on Sunday while discussing the possibility of the United States launching a military attack against the Syrian government. Djokovic was 12 when his home country was bombed by NATO in 1999, and he carries the memories of that traumatic experiences with him to this day.
I’m totally against any kind of weapon, any kind of air strike, missile attack. I’m totally against anything that is destructive. Because I had this personal experience, I know it cannot bring any good to anybody.
Those particular times that me and my fellow countrymen and colleagues from Serbia have been through is definitely, you know, a period of life that we don’t wish anybody to experience. The war is the worst thing in life for humanity. Nobody really wins (Reuters).
Djokovic continued: “We just let the life decide for us. It was not in our control. We were helpless, basically.”
To be fair, Djokovic wasn’t directly asked about Syria but rather about “what’s going on now.” Still, it is refreshing to see an athlete take such a strong political stance in this day and age of everyone being so guarded with their views for fear of being ripped apart by various blogs and media outlets. Salute to you, Djokovic.