National Geographic : 1990 Dec
FORUM Yugoslavia I was delighted to find an article dealing with Yugoslavia (August), an area I have studied for many years as an anthropologist. However, the comments about the conflict between the Serbs and Albanians represent a distorted view. The establishment of Serbian control over the Kosovo Autonomous Province has been the result of dec ades of Albanian oppression of the Serbian, Mon tenegrin, Turkish, and other minorities there. Moreover, the author fails to mention that during World War II almost a million Serbs were killed by the pro-Nazi Independent State of Croatia. In two World Wars the Serbs were the staunch allies of the West, while large numbers of Albanians and Croats supported the other side. ANDREI SIMI6 University of Southern California Los Angeles, California We are saddened by your biased article about Yugoslavia. Throughout it your writer describes everything Croatian or Slovenian in appealing terms and everything Serbian in negatives. Even when describing the beautiful Adriatic coast, he devotes not a single line to the Montenegrin Rivi era, considered the most gorgeous; for example, the medieval city of Budva and the island village of Sveti Stefan. He doesn't hint at the cultural wealth preserved in Serbian medieval monasteries, never mentions the famous Serbian spas or the exquisite Serbian handicrafts. He doesn't even mention the victimization of the Serbian people for 40 years by the Croatian Tito or the blatant discrimination practiced against them today. JASMINA WELLINGHOFF Serbian Unity Congress in the UnitedStates, San Antonio, Texas The author interviews no one in the federal capital and offers few opportunities for Serbian dissi dents, intellectuals, and opposition party leaders to provide a balance to the litany of Croatian, Albanian, and Slovenian complaints. BRANKO TERZIC Milwaukee, Wisconsin Being born in Croatia and knowing the situation, I congratulate Kenneth C. Danforth on a realistic presentation. The cultures, religions, customs, attitudes of individual nations are so different that a peaceful and orderly union is almost impossible. REVEREND STANISLAUS GOLIK Omaha, Nebraska The new Canon E57 issimpy breathttakng.