Boris Lvin (bbb) wrote,
Boris Lvin

what is theirs is theirs and what is anybody else's is negotiable

Хитченс сказал хорошо, но относится это не только к Сербии, а, к сожалению, почти к всем.

Или, наверно, правильнее все-таки сказать - к сожалению, еще почти ко всем, но, к счастью, уже не ко всем?..
Someone with a good memory of the conversation once told me how Lord Carrington, then one of the "mediators" of the incipient post-Yugoslavia war, came to the conclusion that Slobodan Milosevic was a highly dangerous man. Well-disposed toward Serbia (as the British establishment has always been), Carrington told the late dictator that he understood Serb concerns about significant Serbian minorities in Bosnia and Croatia. But why did Milosevic also insist on exclusive control over Kosovo, where the Albanian population was approximately 90 percent? "That," replied Milosevic coldly, "is for historical reasons." It's a shame, in retrospect, that it took us so long to diagnose the pathology of Serbia's combination of arrogance and self-pity, in which what is theirs is theirs and what is anybody else's is negotiable.

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