Thursday, August 31, 2006

"Fools' Crusade" Chapter One [10]


This section deals with the role played by the new European Union in the breakup of Yugoslavia. It is far from controversial to note that actions and positions taken by the EU at that time were usually either ineffective or detrimental. Johnstone reiterates this point, with less hyperbole than usual--in this case, the facts are in her favor, so she mostly sticks to them. That doesn't mean she completely avoids patronizing generalizations about those groups she finds distasteful (the "richest of the republics"--Croatian and Slovenia; pro-Western Yugoslavs), but reality conveniently provides her with a Western bogeyman at this point in the narrative, and so she lets the story do her dirty work for her.

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