Monday November 16th 2015.Tim
"Too late for
words, words have become an army." Think it's a Serbian
phrase. Kosovo is a big word for the Serbs. In something
like 1389 the battle was lost to the Ottoman, and it
still irks the Serbian Nationalist. Mind you not far
away from Kosovo, in the town of Sarajevo, in the year
1914 a single event burst the tensions in the European
world, a Duke was killed by Serbian nationalists, the
Black Hand they were called, 'Unification or Death'
their motto, and it was indeed too late for words.
Then they look
at you and say "Peace." There's a scowl of contempt, the
drums roll, the fifes and the scurry of little boys. Flags
fly with a new meaning, old men tremble, widows remember.
Who has control of this. The media sees its opportunity, the
Political Class wary of the opposition have to come out as
big tough and strong, or risk losing an election. And far,
far too often the Serbs are right. It's too late for words,
and there's a picture of Chamberlain, the Conservative Prime
Minister of England with his piece of paper.