Yesterday I received an email from my friend Christopher Rudder, a Canadian musician living in Toronto who has visited several times Serbia and made some great videos of it. Here is his email:
Dear Karl Haudbourg,
Some of the amazing stories coming out of Serbia are incredible. The story of the man who lost his wife and child to the floods but is still out there helping others. Honestly, the more i visit there, the more friends I make and the more people I get to know. I’ve discovered that helping others is just how Serbs are. The story is amazing but that’s their nature, that’s the type of people they are!
James George Jatras, a government and media relations specialist in Washington who formerly served as a foreign policy adviser to the U.S. Senate Republican leadership and as a U.S. diplomat, wrote an interesting article over at the American Council for Kosovo. Here’s a short excerpt but it’s worth reading the whole article:
In applying “Rule Two” in the Balkans, the U.S. has been explicit in its subjective intention to help Muslim communities and movements because they are Muslim. For example, as stated by then-House Foreign Affairs Chairman, the late Tom Lantos (D-CA), at a 2007 hearing on Kosovo:
Here [Kosovo] is yet another example [i.e. “yet another” after Bosnia] that the United States leads the way for the creation of a predominantly Muslim country in the very heart of Europe. This should be noted by both responsible leaders of Islamic governments, such as Indonesia, and also for jihadists of all color and hue. The United States’ principles are universal, and in this instance, the United States stands foursquare for the creation of an overwhelmingly Muslim country in the very heart of Europe.
Kragujevac was the first capital of modern Serbia (1818–1839), and the first constitution in the Balkans was proclaimed in Kragujevac in 1835. Further on, the first full- fledged university in the newly independent Serbia was founded in 1838, preceded by the first grammar school (Gimnazija), Printworks (both in 1833), professional National theatre (1835) and the Military academy (1837). Also, Kragujevac has been an important industrial and trading centre in Serbia for over two centuries.
Well, watch this very well done video presentation of the city of Kragujevac: