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Oh, that makes perfect sense...  

I'm being sarcastic.  I used to think the term "Balkanization" just meant, "breaking up into separate parts because people refuse to get along."  But it appears to be a bit more complicated, doesn't it?  

Here's how I imagined it worked:

There was Yugoslavia.  In Yugoslavia lived Serbs, Bosnians, Croats, Slovenians and er, maybe Montenegrins and Macedonians.  They fought each other for a reason I do not know and split into their respective groups.  It may or may not have had something to do with Muslims...

But if there now exists a country called Bosnia and Herzegovina which is comprised of a Bosnian-Croatian piece and a Serbian piece...  meaning they're all living in some kind of peace in one country (which I know is possible because they do that in my neighborhood too), what was the point of splitting Yugoslavia up into all those countries?  Seems like splitting up cells and getting the same DNA in each one.  And I don't even know what the ethnic or religious differences between everyone are or why they would necessitate violence and separation.  Aleksandar Hemon is identifies as Bosnian, but his heritage is Ukrainian and Serbian, and he's not Muslim.  I'm so confused...  What the hell makes Bosnia not Croatia or Serbia, besides a map?  

I wish someone with divine patience and no horses in the race would diary this.

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Thu Jun 26th, 2008 at 02:59:23 PM EST
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