CHAPTER SIX: THE OUTSIDERS' MYTH-CALCULATIONS
The Acceptance of Heavenly SerbiaA brief discussion of Western acceptance of the image of self-sacrificing, heroic, "heavenly" Serbia at face value.
Balkanization or ScandinavianizationContrasts the conventional wisdom that "Balkanization" is inevitably a bad thing with the example of Scandinavia, where five nations were carved out of two, which resulted in a lessening of national tensions, and an increase in regional cooperation.
The Imaginary BulwarkLonger section detailing longstanding support for the creation of, first, a Greater Serbia, and then a Serb-dominated southeast Balkan kingdom. Also detailed is how the Allies of World War I mistakenly believed that the new country would provide a bulwark against Germany, but the Yugoslav governments had good relations with Germany, even the Nazi regime.
Indifference Makes a DifferenceThe title says it all; a grim and familiar history of western indifference during the 1990s, when a firm stand by the Western world could have saved thousands of lives and made the prospects of a stable peace much better. As Anzulovic writes:
"...one does not prevent wars by assuring the potential aggressor that his victims would not receive any support."
Fig-Leaf MythsDiscussion of some of the justifications used by Westerners to justify the indifference of the previous section, including the tired canard that the people of the Balkans are simply consumed with violent passions and are immune to reason and the restraints of civilization. Robert Kaplan, Rebecca West, Lewis MacKenzie, and other familiar names make an appearance here.
I fully admit to not having done this material credit. I hope I encourage at least one person to read this book. In my next post, I will briefly summarize the Conclusion and give my own final thoughts on the book.