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  1. Balkan history -- if it matters to you, for example, Michael Boro Petrovich was my undergraduate advisor (author, "A History of Modern Serbia", for example).  And, academic study after that.  My Serbo-Croatian (Serbian, if you prefer) was never very good, a little study on top of my Russian which allowed me (haltingly) to read a few works in original (awhile ago).  

  2.  Iraq/otherwise: again, also academic study,

  3.  And, well, so on ...

Do you really think your stereotype of a 'dumb American' would be spending much time here?

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by a siegel (siegeadATgmailIGNORETHISdotPLEASEcom) on Sun Nov 4th, 2007 at 06:20:49 AM EST
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Do you really think your stereotype of a 'dumb American' would be spending much time here?
 

Do not get me wrong I don't know anything about you but seems like your academic history studies did not do the job if you see the Balkan situation as simple as that...Serbs bad - mines and killings, Bosnian Muslims and Albanians good , refugees , innocent...Let's bomb Serbs. If only world is so simple.
Your statement about USA spreading democracy like a good example occupying other countries made me think  that your intentions are probably not good or you are young and naïve (and yes shallow in a way no matter what kind of education you have accomplished). Sorry but that's my impression.
I said shallow not "dumb" and I see the difference.
And yes some of the type may be here "on the mission" simply earning their daily bread...who knows? But mostly they are here and there and everywhere because of their strong so called patriotism that makes them blind for reality...


Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Sun Nov 4th, 2007 at 07:46:44 AM EST
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You are the one making assumptions.  Where, at all, did I make comments that justify your statements about my perspectives on the Balkans?

And, take a look at what I wrote, again, re an opportunity lost re Afghanistan.

You comments continue to be insulting ... and shallow in their biased reading of what I wrote.

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by a siegel (siegeadATgmailIGNORETHISdotPLEASEcom) on Sun Nov 4th, 2007 at 08:16:18 AM EST
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I am sorry if I made wrong assumptions.
I felt insulted by what looked to me like your justification of bombardment of Serbia...or Afghanistan ...or any f'kin' place on Earth.
That's why my reaction was jumpy.
If I was wrong I am sorry.If I was right and you do try to justify bombardment then I am not sorry to be shallow or what ever you want to call me...


Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Sun Nov 4th, 2007 at 09:01:26 AM EST
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