GUEST COLUMNIST Chris Popov writes for Team Uzunov blog / Alternate Comms website:
Preface comment by Sasha Uzunov – TEAM UZUNOV blog editor
The “North Macedonia name deal” signed by Greece and Macedonia on 17 June – in reality formulated by the US despite the play acting – is an attempt to erase Macedonian identity off the face of the earth.
Putting aside the Kabuki theatre / pantomime in Athens, Greece loses nothing in the deal; in fact makes no concessions but Macedonia loses: the right to its own history, giving up its concern for ethnic Macedonians in Greece who are denied their rights ; and above all giving up its sovereignty by allowing Greece extraordinary powers to prosecute those who might be accused of “anti Hellenic” rhetoric, something unheard off.
What underpins the agreement is US foreign policy and geo strategic needs – that is to put the Balkans finally to bed under US hegemony. Macedonian identity poses a “problem” for Washington – especially to its NATO allies Greece, Bulgaria and Albania. Therefore the path of least resistance is to bully Macedonia.
To highlight the hypocrisy there is the deliberate silence of the US/EU/NATO of World War II Albanian Nazi collaborator statues built recently in Macedonia by “mainstream” ethnic Albanian politicians and former KLA terrorists from the 2001 war in Macedonia. In contrast, Germany – the birthplace of Nazism – has no Nazi statues. see link here
Add to this the latent racism of the West. As a cruel joke towards native ethnic Macedonians, the US has groomed a Serb chauvinist and a former Slobodan Milosevic sympathiser who pretends to be a Macedonian “anti nationalist,” the current Defence Minister Radmila Sekerinska who cynically jumped on the EU bandwagon sometime ago. see link here
Back in the 1940s and even unto the 1960s you had white Hollywood actors playing Asians, African Americans and so on. Who could forget John Wayne playing Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan on the big screen…
GUEST COLUMNIST reacts to a letter in The Guardian newspaper supporting the name deal: