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  •  I would never be sure about anything in the (0+ / 0-)

    Balkans, but yes, hopefully there will not be another conflict.  However, some pretty bloody events still occur in the region from time to time.  Furthermore, the post-conflict justice has been quite selective in nature.  

    Ordinary people live in very difficult circumstances, particularly compared to Old Yugoslavia, and there is a great deal of corruption and criminal activity that regular people have to cope with on a daily basis.

    Probably the wars themselves could have been avoided if there had not been this huge geopolitical shift as the Soviet Union vanished.  For many, it seemed to come out of nowhere.  

    It will be quite interesting now that serious historians are starting to roll up their sleeves and go to work.  These were wars explained by journalists planning to write books, and eager to paint complex events into simple soundbites.  

    It gets on my nerves, and you know how I am about my nerves...

    by ciganka on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 10:50:19 AM PDT

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    •  It seemed to come out of nowhere (0+ / 0-)

      Except it didn't. It's well documented that the US wanted to split the Yugoslavs and did everything in its power to see that to the end. Can't be having socialism hanging around.

      •  I will agree that it came out of nowhere, (0+ / 0-)

        but the split got mixed reviews early on.  Sounds like you are well back-grounded in the complexities.  There was indeed a lot of horse trading going on.  

        It gets on my nerves, and you know how I am about my nerves...

        by ciganka on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 04:07:58 AM PDT

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