"There Are Too Many of Them"

Analysis of breaking news events.
April 30 1999 4:52 PM

"There Are Too Many of Them"

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"And what if this goes on for a long time?"

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"Then the Albanians will be fighting Serbs for 100 years." And more and more local Albanians will go into the KLA, and more and more Macedonians will show they are really Serbs, he says.

"And what do you think is going to happen?"

"The West will turn Macedonia into a banana republic."

"And the Albanians?"

"The Albanians will be eating bananas."

"And you?"

"I will be heading the Center for Multicultural Understanding and Cooperation." At least he has a sense of humor. I think.

You see, I tried to ease myself into this. I thought I'd go see the "moderates" and then go to an anti-NATO demonstration scheduled for today, and that would be that. But the demonstration was postponed until May 9--the anniversary of the end of World War II, according to the Eastern European calendar--so I had to go to the organizers, the Serbian Democratic Party of Macedonia. I identified myself as a Russian journalist and was greeted with open arms, told that this was my home, too.

"I'm sorry, I don't speak Russian," Dragisa Milesic (DRAH-guee-shah MEE-leh-shich), the bearded and bespectacled president of the party, said in Serbian.

"Do you speak English?" I asked in English.