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Jun 23rd 2011 2:57PM This article is missing so many facts and is so patronizing it sincerely comes off as racism. Where are facts like this?
"The creation of the Macedonian nation, for almost half of a century, was done in a condition of single-party dictatorship. In those times, there was no difference between science and ideology, so the “Macedonian” historiography, unopposed by anybody, comfortably performed a selection of the historic material from which the “Macedonian” identity was created. There is nothing atypical here for the process of the creation of any modern nation, except when falsification from the type of substitution of the word “Bulgarian” with the word “Macedonian” were made." -former FYROM foreign minister Denko Maleski
Or how about "minor" details of history like this?
"This (US) Government considers talk of Macedonian "nation", Macedonian "Fatherland", or Macedonia "national consciousness" to be unjustified demagoguery representing no ethnic nor political reality, and sees in its present revival a possible cloak for aggressive intentions against Greece.' - US state department 1944
Or how about his?
" On November 4, 2004, two days after the re-election of President George W. Bush, his administration unilaterally recognized the “Republic of Macedonia.” This action not only abrogated geographic and historic fact, but it also has unleashed a dangerous epidemic of historical revisionism, of which the most obvious symptom is the misappropriation by the government in Skopje of the most famous of Macedonians, Alexander the Great."
Why not mention the former Yugoslavians teach their schools children and citizens Macedonia Greece is "occupied"?
Greeks warned FYROM apologists (who ignored Greece's concerns about called the former Yugoslavia "Macedonia") something like this would happen two decades ago. Greeks knew what they were talking about because three conflicts involved this issue (Greece's botched fiances is another matter)
However, instead of apologizing for their blunders, some FYROM apologists now seem to be in the business of trying ethnically erase Greeks (in particular Macedonians) to cover up their mistakes in ethical judgment. Why else is it these same sorts of smug apologists seem to constantly have difficulty reporting facts like this?
'We do not claim to be descendants of Alexander the Great.'
(FYROM'S Ambassador Ljubica Acevshka, speech to US representatives in Washington on January 22 1999)
'We are not related to the northern Greeks who produced leaders like Philip and Alexander the Great. We are a Slav people and our language is closely related to Bulgarian.' - FYROM´s Ambassador to Canada Gyordan Veselinov, Ottawa Citizen Newspaper, February 24 1999
"We are Slavs who came to this area in the sixth century ... We are not descendants of the ancient Macedonians" - Kiro Gligorov, FYROM's first President, Foreign Information Service Daily Report, Eastern Europe, February 26, 1992
"The whole story about Ancient Macedonia sounds undoubtedly very nice. However, there is a great problem, a huge hole of about 2,000 years during which we have neither oral nor written tradition, nor a single scientific argument!” - former Prime Minister Ljubco Georgievski, FOCUS, 31 March 2008