I’m not a regular reader of Michael Totten, but Instapundit linked to an absolutely riveting post of his that kept my attention for far too long this morning. I’m the world’s foremost authority when it comes to ADD post-reading, so that’s saying something (If a post reaches to the bottom of my 23″ monitor, I almost always skip it).
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Ratko, by far the world’s most intelligent and prescient cab driver:
This brilliant man summed up the problem with the European Union in a single fractured sentence… and he claims not to speak English:
“So far, everyone Sean and I spoke to in the former Yugoslavia thought Kosovo’s newfound independence was a good thing – including the Serbs we had coffee with in Belgrade on two separate occasions. The Serbs we met, though – Filip David and Predrag Delibasic – are cosmopolitan writers and intellectuals who don’t adhere to the Serbian Nationalist line.
“Montenegro and the European Union?” Sean said.
“No!” Ratko said. “European Union…big Yugoslavia.”
No pundit anywhere has ever said it better. The EU is an attempt so fuse different cultures, different languages, and profoundly different peoples into a whole, just like the royals and later commie bastards did with Yugoslavia… and, I might add, Czechoslovakia.
Today, those former unholy amalgams have split up into the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Montenegro, Kosovo et al. Will the EU learn a lesson from this? Nope. And, I’ll bet real, actual money on it.
Read the whole enchelada to get a feel for this region, as Michael and crew take a sometimes harrowing trip through there. It’s one of the finest blog posts I’ve ever read.
July 1, 2008, 1:09 pm at 1:09 pm
I’ve been keeping up with Totten’s tour through the former Yugoslavia. Personally, I think he and his friend Sean are crazy, but the articles are fascinating about a part of the world few of us know anything about.
July 1, 2008, 1:23 pm at 1:23 pm
The last Bond flick had some of the scenes shot in Montenegro, and it looks like an amazing place. You just gotta love a country named Mountainblack.
July 1, 2008, 1:34 pm at 1:34 pm