Thoughts on Belgrade

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Spending a few days in Belgrade. A few things have struck me, most noticeable is the vast swathe of ugly high rise apartments which litter the city, a remnant of communist rule and a reminder of the distinctive soullessness which characterised nations living under the results of Marxism. Of course it’s not all bad, Belgrade is home to Saint Sava Temple, one of the more beautiful Orthodox churches you will encounter.

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Walking the streets one often encounters ruins left from the NATO bombing of this city, a sad reminder of a most heinous act by western leaders, a reminder which must weigh heavily on the minds of the proud Serbs, who suffered terribly once the west singled them out as being the cause and, at times sole perpetrator of the evils which followed the dissolution of Yugoslavia.

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The other striking characteristic of this city is the result a recent development – the massive influx of mostly Muslim refugees. Parts of the city are terribly littered and unsafe to pass through due to this influx, areas that I am told by locals were once safe and well kept. They are now patrolled 24/7 by armed police, who watch the refugees carefully, but they still harass and intimidate local passers by and display flagrant lack of respect for their new neighbours. What strikes me most is that almost every refugee I have seen has been a male aged 16 to 30. In other words, the perfect age for service in armed forces. Yet they have fled mostly from Syria, a country which more than any in the world right now needs it’s young men to come together in defence of the nation. That the west claims Assad is a monster means they must accept that these people are fleeing persecution, but the reality is the main form of persecution going on in the Middle East is inflicted on Christians and other religious minorities by Islamist militants. Yet, so few of the refugees are Christians.

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And so Serbia, in it’s desperation to modernise it’s weak economy and join the EU is forced to accept a mass of Muslim men, unaccustomed and unsuited to their welcoming nation, who are too cowardly or too wrong headed to fight in the defense of a noble nation being torn apart by the most monstrous grouping of savages the world has seen in modern history. A sad situation indeed.

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