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Despite Western™ hopes to the contrary, none of the various Serb leaders after Milosevic have been particularly pro-western. The narrative on uppity post-Milosevic Serbia has for some time looked a lot like coverage of uppity post-Yeltsin Russia: it's almost as if we had to be surprise that they raise their heads and assert themselves after "defeat".

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Feb 19th, 2008 at 06:16:09 AM EST
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Hah, I almost didn't catch the snark.

I remember the great hopes in the West for Kostunica. This was the Democrat who was the first to translate important documents of American democracy into Serbian.

Turned out he was a "nationalist" and a "hardliner."

by Upstate NY on Tue Feb 19th, 2008 at 11:11:06 AM EST
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I must note that at least in the German and Hungarian press I read at the time, Kostunica was considered a nationalist and a 'lesser ill' before the toppling of Milo. Zoran Đinđić was the clear choice for sympathetic presentation.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Feb 19th, 2008 at 11:45:26 AM EST
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