care. If a Great Albania means mutilating Serbian cattle,nburning Serb fields and orchards, desecrating Orthodoxnchurches, monasteries, and cemeteries, maiming and murderingnindividual Serbs, too bad. Tomorrow, streets andnsquares will bear the irredentist’s names (Gavrilo Princip hasna street in Belgrade).nNo man happy, none complete,nNo man peaceful, none serene.nEach ceaselessly outraging the other.nEach an ape before the mirror!nsang Njegos in 1847. To those who hold that a country withnBosnia’s legacy cannot exist, there is no answer. But France,nuntil Louis 14th amalgamated it by fire and sword, was asndiverse, and sorrowful, as Yugoslavia. So was pre-BismarcknGermany, or Russia before Peter the Great. Even today,nNorth and South Italy are more disparate than Slovenia andnMacedonia. And North and South U.S. had once indebtedneach other at least as much as the Serbs, the Moslems, andnthe Croats.nDespite Tito’s charismatic ethnic shuffling, and all thenmurders and lies of 2,000 years of history, there are manynBosnians today who wish to be persons instead of ethnicnexemplars. When Yugoslav soccer teams play in Germany,nthe gastarbeiter throng the stands and shout, “Yu-go-sla-vialnYu-go-sla-vi-a!”nSlovenes, more industrious than the neighboring Austrians,nare tired of their Bosnians (Moslem, Serb, or Croat).nBrought in as guest workers, the Southerners (and Easterners)nhad proved too rambunctious and unassimilable. Therenis talk among Slovene intellectuals of a future DanubiannConfederation, a resurrected Austria-Hungary.nYet, like Sandinista Nicaragua, the Federal DemocraticnRepublic of Yugoslavia was set up, in 1945, to enforcenjustice and equality, by whatever means at hand. Overn100,000 Yugoslavs were shot as “nationalist forces of thencounterrevolution,” many of them handed over by thenAllies in Austria, after May 8, 1945. As with the previous,nUstasha murders, no one will ever know how many werenexecuted. The kin cannot gather to tally (one to 10 years forn”associating against the people and the state”), whilenone-time executioners are today’s bureaucrats. In variousnYugoslav embassies and offices, they wear well-made suitsnand speak English, French, or German. Charming, likenDaniel Ortega, they display no marks of the Devil.nWhen I was a schoolboy in postwar Yugoslavia, I wasntaught about medieval Bosnia and its fabled Ban Kulin.nBogomils, I was told, were a revolutionary sect of peacefulnmen and women who called each other “Christians.” Sincenthey were underdogs, and rebels, Communists upheldnthem, retrospectively.nLike pellets of steel, the Bosnian Bogomils, and later, thenBosnian Moslems, persevered in the living body of Europe.nFrom time to time, they had their Jesse Jacksons, andnMalcolm X’s, and Yugoslavs still tell stories of them.n”In 1941,” Milos Dragicevic, a Bosnian Serb, said to me,n”Mico Stupar ran out of his house when the Ustashe came.nFrom a hiding place he watched his brothers and sistersnbutchered in front of his parents, before their throats werenslit too. He was seven years old then.”nWhen we were alone, Mico Stupar said to me, “Then Inran into the forest and slept for full seven days and nights.”nAnd he smiled, like a blond, bashful boy.nAmong the Montenegrins, whose history is one ofnceaseless war against the Bosnians, the Hercegovinians, andnthe Albanians, there is a tale: Once upon a time, the lionsnfought the wolves, who were as numerous as any horde.nTime and again the lions won, against odds 10 to one andnmore.nBut one day a lion scout came to the lion king and said,n”Your Majesty, the wolves are at it again: their army isnpoised to attack us along the borders of our kingdom.”n”So what,” said the Lion King, “we’ve dealt with themnbefore. The wolves, though many and savage, are all sondifferent — white, gray, black, even yellow, they always hadnas much trouble between themselves as against us.”n”But, Your Majesty,” said the scout, “this time each andnevery one of them is greenish-gray, with green, fiery eyes,nand their ranks are quiet and taut, like the string of a bow.”nAnd the Lion King wept.nTitlenGreat Topics, Great Issues!nCatch up on the CHRONICLESnyou’ve missed by orderingnfrom the following collectionnof recent back issues.n• Homage to T. S. Eliot April ’88-1987 IngersoU Prize winners Octavio Paznand Josef Pieper speak of their admiration for Eliot. In addition to essays fromnJames Tlittleton, Tliomas Molnar, and Fred Cliappell. The actual theme of thenissue has to do with the resistance to modernization—especially thendehumanizing effects of technology and totalitarian politics—mounted byndefenders of the human mind and imagination. $2.50n• Who’s in Charge? lUarch ’88—Editor Thomas Fleming discusses the privatendiplomats and public scoundrels’ fight over the corpse of the American empire.nSamuel Francis asks, “If Presidents have a free hand in foreign pohcy, whonneeds a Constitution?” and Jack Douglas wonders if it may be time to electnfederaljudges. $2.50n• Back to Nature Feb. ’88-The Greening of America, Part II, by Allan C.nCarlson, Mutiny in Paradise or Sexual Freedom/Political Slavery by JohnnChodes and Jigs Gardner examines repentant radicals-^’conservative” andndoing weU. $2.50nO Institutionalized Writing—Are Universities the Last Stop for NewnLeftists and Burnt-Out Writers? Jan. ’88—Bulgakov—A White Survivor ofnthe Red Terror; plus Handguns in Florida, the Homeless in North Dakota, andnLloyd’s of London’s New Tinkertoy Home. $2.50nO Restoring the Constitution—Seizing Power From Judges, Congressmen,nand Other Usurpers Dec. ’87-Clyde Wilson asks, “What have they donento our laws?”; Barry Shain on Conservative Commons and Kyle E. McSlarrownon Judicial Editing and Congressional Inaction, plus much more. $2.50 .nn American Empire Nov. ’87—Anthony Harrigan examines “The War Years”;nWilliam R. Hawkins studies Mihtary History and Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihnnlooks at the “Empire at Europe’s End.” $2.50nLatin America Aug. ’87—Wayne Lutton on Crime, AIDS, andnImmigration; Odie Faulk on IMexican Aggression; and managing editornMomcilo Selic explores the land of the Incas. $2.50n””Postage and handling included in issue price. Total amount duenName AddressnCity Statennn. Zip_nQty. Anit.nChronicles • 934 North Main Street • Rockford, IL • 61103 CBI787nMAY 19881 33n