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post #1 of 93 (permalink) Old November 24th, 2005, 23:24 Thread Starter
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When the Serbian Flag Flew Over the White House

On July 28, 1918, President Woodrow Wilson gave the following message to the American people. It was read in churches throughout the country and published in virtually all major newspapers. The Serbian flag was raised over the White House and all public buildings in this nation's capital. The message read:

To the People of the United States:


On Sunday, 28th of this present month, will occur the fourth anniversary of the day when the gallant people of Serbia, rather than submit to the studied and ignoble exactions of a prearranged foe, were called upon by the war declaration of Austria-Hungry to defend their territory and their homes against an enemy bent on their destruction. Nobly did they respond.


So valiantly and courageously did they oppose the forces of a country ten times greater in population and resources that it was only after they had thrice driven the Austrians back and Germany and Bulgaria had come to the aid of Austria that they were compelled to retreat into Albania. While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken. Though overwhelmed by superior forces, their love of freedom remains unabated. Brutal force has left unaffected their firm determination to sacrifice everything for liberty and independence.


It is fitting that the people of the United States, dedicated to the self-evident truth that is the right of the people of all nations, small as well as great, to live their own lives and choose their own government, and remembering that the principles for which Serbia has so nobly fought and suffered are those for which the United States is fighting, should on the occasion of this anniversary manifest in an appropriate manner their war sympathy with this oppressed people who have so heroically resisted the aims of the Germanic nations to master the world. At the same time, we should not forget the kindred people of the Great Slavic race--the Poles, the Czechs and Jugo-Slavs, who, now dominated and oppressed by alien races yearn for independence and national unity.


This can be done in a manner no more appropriate than in our churches. I, therefore, appeal to the people of the United States of all faiths and creeds to assemble in their several places of worship on Sunday July 28, for the purpose of giving expression to their sympathy with this subjugated people and their oppressed and dominated kindred in other lands, and to invoke the blessings of Almighty God upon them and upon the cause to which they are pledged.


Woodrow Wilson, President,
The White House, July, 1918.
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I wonder if Clinton knew this?

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Damn Fleka, you almost had me thinking you were gonna write something about the Serbs invading Washington and putting their flag on top of the white house hey there was an Onion story like that way back when
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e moj Andrija, when I see articles like this one I get proud, emotional and then very angry.

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Yep, we've sure screwed ourselves over in the 20th century...yet the beginning of it was so promising. And most of it was completely our doing.
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Yep, we've sure screwed ourselves over in the 20th century...yet the beginning of it was so promising. And most of it was completely our doing.
Who did more damage to us? Tito or Slobo?

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The latter.
Don't forget Mira Markovic. Slobo was such a softcock.

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What were Slobo's biggest sins?

Besides stealing vasts amounts of money from the public, I would say selling out on the people of Krajina and to a lesser extent the people of Republika Srpska.

Killing your own kum is also pretty bad.

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Besides stealing vasts amounts of money from the public, I would say selling out on the people of Krajina and to a lesser extent the people of Republika Srpska.

Killing your own kum is also pretty bad.
Yeah, well when you put it that way...

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Yep, we've sure screwed ourselves over in the 20th century...yet the beginning of it was so promising. And most of it was completely our doing.
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If our King did not form Yugoslavia, Serbia today would be in a better position.

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If our King did not form Yugoslavia, Serbia today would be in a better position.
His biggest mistake was trusting those who joined the union only to enjoy living in a kingdom and who up to that point had no identity or country.

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Why do Serbs and Croats speak the same language?
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Why do Serbs and Croats speak the same language?

It is clear from the very beginning that these two distinct but close tribes of people (The Serbs and the Croats) moved one beside the other. Their histories have always been entwined. How close these tribes were is attested by the fact that they spoke, and still speak virtually the same language.

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If our King did not form Yugoslavia, Serbia today would be in a better position.
If our king did not stab Draza in the back, Serbia today would be in a much better position..

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If our king didn't not stab Draza in the back, Serbia today would be in a much better position..
The "king" at the time was a spoiled, inexperienced and incapabale child. Sure he could have done more but he is hardly the one to take most of the blame. If you want to blame someone for that, blame Churchill...
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Serbia's 2 Greatest mistakes:
1. Joining Slovenija and Croatia to Form Yugoslavia, when we could of had Dalmatia and Bosna
2. Standing up to Hitler, which caused many deaths and communist take over.

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