Orthodox Albanians assimilated in Macedonia Aug 2, 2011 10:58:51 GMT -5
Post by Croatian Vanguard on Aug 2, 2011 10:58:51 GMT -5
I find that it is easy to love something that is "at the top", but not so much when it's "at the bottom".. ironically enough, that's when it's most needed.
I know people from the Balkans, some are Bulgarians, who do everything possible to disassociate themselves from the Balkans. Here some of them define themselves as 'Europeans' only. Many purposefully distance themselves from the reality of their true origin, but in my opinion these people are feeble minded and weak at heart.
With regards to Bulgaria, realistically, if Britain and France didn't step in to dismember the rightfully Bulgarian borders of San Stefano Bulgaria we probably wouldn't be having this discussion right now.
With San Stefano Bulgaria in place, we would have avoided the Balkan Wars, we would have most likely remained neutral in both World Wars, and would have possibly avoided communism. Our focus would have been on evolving our country rather than trying to piece it back together. Either way, the reality of the situation would have been different.
The Balkans, in my opinion, are the way they are today because the West wanted them to be that way. They put a lot of effort and resources into destabilizing the region over the past 100 years.
It's ironic how first they come and "destroy" prospects of progress and development and now they're back with a promises of rebuilding and improving the region.. ie. the EU.
And what's even worse is that Bulgaria today is probably less independent than it was during Ottoman rule.
Yet again, we're enslaved and have others doing our bidding on our behalf.. unfortunate.
None the less, I remain a proud Balkanian and an even prouder Bulgarian.
When I was discussing the land I didn't mean the people. Everywhere in the Balkans most people are very kind hearted and they would give you the shirts off their back. If you earn our trust we make the best friends you could have.
We can speculate ' what could've been' but that's pointless. Most of these regions were under Ottoman occupation for centuries and learned the Ottoman way of administration , which by industrial standards , was backwards. All these little nations upon sampling just a tidbit of freedom began to promote their 'glorious past' , well at least the intelligensia did, no matter what the cost. You cannot expect your way of life to change over night.
The real error was the post ww1 scenario , not just in the Balkans but Europe as a whole. Some states should've never been created , the 14 points actually should've been followed and each of the remnant peoples of the Ottoman Empire and Austrian Empire should've recieved their own country instead of making artificial creations like Yugoslavia. This would've avoided a lot of angst and not made the Third Reich look so appealing.
My people's government in WW2 , which was imposed from the outside , wouldn't have ever been accepted if they had not been in that state. Communism would have a weaker appeal as well.
I refrain from saying I'm Balkan outright because it unnecessarily conjures up an image of the crap region that I described. My country is not like that , far from it being one of the most beautiful in Europe. If this image is changed then I wouldn't mind the term at all.