"In Macedonia , the situation is much different. Your PM was elected with overwhelming majority.Your citizens are very patriotic and intelligent. The numerous attempts to destabilize the nation byexternal manipulators and their internal helpers made the country only stronger and the leaders moredetermined. Skopje is the center of the Euro-Asian highways (8, 10) that connects North and South,East and West. This is the key for great progress and prosperity. Macedonians have shown time andtime again that their future will not be held hostage by outsiders and Fifth Colony insiders," statedUmberto Pascali for MTV.
Not another BIG Greek Lie?
The Myth of Greek Ethnic 'Purity'Macedonia
John Shea, 1997 pp.77-96
THE GREAT ETHNIC MIX OF GREECE
Just as Macedonia and other Balkan states were invaded by Slavs and other peoples from the north andfrom within the Balkans themselves, so were the lands that eventually were to become modern Greece .We need to examine this issue, since the modern Greeks repeatedly argue that they are direct ethnicdescendants of the ancient Greeks and Macedonians. The fact is that the ethnic, linguistic, and culturaldevelopments that these invasions created simply built upon similar movements of peoples into and outof the Balkans in the ancient past.
THE MYTH OF GREEK ETHNIC PURITY
Greek writers give a great deal of emphasis to the idea of Greek racial purity. For instance, in speakingof the movements of Germanic tribes in the Balkans before the Slavs, the writer of Macedonia Historyand Politics says that the Goths were beaten off and the invasions in the fourth century did not lead to"ethnological adulteration." In speaking about more modern times the writer says (p. 43), " Greecebecame involved in the 'Macedonian disputes,' because of political pressure from the Bulgarians andYugoslavs, and because of the sensitivity of the Greeks towards the historical continuity of their race."Clearly this view about racial purity amongst the Greeks, presented here in a magazine distributed bythe Greek government in English-speaking countries, is important to the Greeks.Macedonia has been represented as a buffer protecting Hellenism from the waves of the barbariansthroughout the centuries. Thus it is argued by modern Greeks that the area of the present-day Republicof Macedonia was affected by these barbarian invasions, but the lands that are now Greece were largelyunaffected.'The Greek insistence on ethnological purity for its people is not unusual among expressions of nationalism. The American political scientist Buck explained that the notion of physical kinshipimplied in the word "nation" is the most conspicuous element in the popular conception of nationality.However, it is also the least realistic. Buck points out that we have only to think of the extent of invasion and colonization that has occurred in nearly every corner of Europe to realize that this notioncould at best be only approximate. More importantly, from the viewpoint of historical analysis, it is not