One day the great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans (1888).— Otto von Bismarck
Unforgettable Balkan quotations
If this war is not fought with the greatest brutality against the bands both in the East and in the Balkans then in the foreseeable future the strength at our disposal will not be sufficient to be able to master this plague.
There are some common problems in the Balkans in the settlement of which Bulgaria should also participate.
If the Europeans want to intervene, that's their business.
But if I were president, I would remove every United States soldier from the Balkan peninsula.
Once over there [Balkans], I felt extremely patriotic.
Here are these people, from 18-year-olds to military veterans, enduring real duress for the cause of peace. I don't ever want to play for a regular audience again, only military folks who are starving for music.
We are not only talking about waves of refugees coming to Greece, to Italy, and elsewhere. Destabilizing the Balkans means Lebanonization, and that means destabilizing all of Europe.
Ballet's image of perfection is fashioned amid a milieu of wracked bodies, fevered imaginations, Balkan intrigue and sulfurous hatreds where anything is likely, and dancers know it.
Unlimited enmity of the Albanian people against Serbia is the foremost real result of the Albanian policies of the Serbian government. The second and more dangerous result is the strengthening of two big powers in Albania, which have the greatest interests in the Balkans.
Grouping and mutuality of countries and peoples in the Balkans is the only road that leads to economic, national and political liberation.
There has been enough blood in the Balkans.
Serbia is offering its hand. Let us turn to the future and not deal with the past.
For people may not know what they think about politics in the Balkans, or the vexed question of men and women, but everyone has a definite opinion about the flavour of shredded coconut.
While Financier George Soros was investing money in Kosovo's reconstruction, the George Soros Foundation for an Open Society had opened a branch office in Pristina establishing the Kosovo Foundation for an Open Society (KFOS) as part of the Soros' network of "non-profit foundations" in the Balkans.
Let us turn to the future and not deal with the past.
We all need to stomp out balkanization.
No Spanish radio stations, no Spanish billboards, no Spanish TV stations, no Spanish newspapers. This is America, speak English.
[The Balkans] produce more history than they can consume.
The Balkans arent worth the life of a single Pomeranian grenadier.
Turkey is a European country, an Asian country, a Middle Eastern country, Balkan country, Caucasian country, neighbor to Africa, Black Sea country, Caspian Sea, all these.
I distrust all multiculturalism, liberal or conservative.
The Balkans amply demonstrate the perils of Balkanization.
Take a look at the bombing of Serbia in 1999.
The US was quite open about the reasons for the bombing. A main reason was to preserve stability and credibility. Serbia was interfering with stability, meaning that it was the one part of the Balkans that was not integrated into the Western-dominated (mostly US-dominated) system.
The online musical universe has become Balkanized, with many sites focusing on minute niches. That works well for reaching very specific demographics, which is wonderful for advertising, but it flies in the face of the common wisdom that people's tastes have become more diverse as music of any description has become a mouse-click away.
Of course, in no case would we allow the creation of a regional union in the Balkans, directed against the Soviet Union and Bulgaria.
We have taken a grave and hazardous decision to sustain the Greeks and try to make a Balkan Front.
The reality of Canadian history is that we've been willing to do the important things the world demanded of us: fighting in World War II, in Korea, in the Balkans, where we were involved in offensive military operations, and in Afghanistan, where we have made disproportionate contributions.
We have carried out the attempted premeditated murder of an entire nation.
We were caught in that criminal act and have been obstructed. Now we have to suffer the punishment.... In the Balkan Wars, Serbia not only doubled its territory, but also its external enemies.
A history of perceived humiliation, after all, lurks behind many acts of terror.
And competing narratives of victimhood and insults sustain conflicts in the Balkans, the Caucasus, the Middle East and many other regions.
I've worked behind counters serving food, and I've lived on the circus train, and I've led bicycle tours in Eastern Europe and the Balkans and Russia. I've been a key liner for a newspaper, I've done typesetting. Oh, all sorts of things.
The UK population became, for lack of a better term, Balkanized.
And then all of a sudden Sharia mosques started popping up all over the place. And before you knew it, the most popular or frequent male baby name was Mohammed.
Diplomacy has been exhausted .. Continued instability in the Balkans threatens important U.S. national interests,.
The virus is moving quite substantially into new locations.
My attention is pretty much equally divided between Europe, the southern Balkans and Black Sea area, Africa and south Asia.
The networks found themselves having to compete for an increasingly Balkanized audience.
Well, let's assume the world is linear.
If we required a certain amount of troops per 25,000 population in the Balkans, if the world is not radically different, something of the same extent is going to be needed in Iraq.
I will always fight for peace. But, unfortunately, it is war that drives us forward. It is war that makes the major turns. It makes Wall Street function; it makes all the bastards in the Balkans function.
I am not a pacifist, however I do believe that the U.
S. tends to resort to force too quickly. I am not referring only to the current administration; the same thing happened in the Balkans, and on other occasions.
If you go to former Yugoslav states, the Balkan states, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, the situation is dire. Not to mention Bosnia, which is just run like a colony. The way they used to stand up and sing hymns to President Tito, they now salute the EU flag. It's a very strange transition that we're witnessing in most of Europe, and I don't think it's going to work.
Perhaps the most troubling area in the world goes from the Balkans through the Middle East and in Central Asia.