A Lot More Than Just a Footnote in History
Can a case of terrorism be endearing? Can a story potentially start as a dramatic kidnapping and develop to have comic elements? Can two nations end up having good relations even though their formal ties started off on the wrong foot?
The answer to these questions is "yes" with respect to one of the first cases of really tangible interaction between the nations of Bulgaria and the United States of America: The Miss Stone Affair....
It is also thanx to US missionaries n other brave volontary peoples that helped Armenians n gave witness to the Armenian genocide.
IMRO weren't terrorists, they were freedom fighters. Maybe we should call the American revolutionaries that freed their country from the British, as terrorists too?
There's a huge difference between a freedom fighter that fights for justice n security for his nation and Al Qaida that murders for world domination religious idealism... I find it offensive to put the two in the same category.
Mrs. Carpenters statement i s one which puts the record straight. In the Mid 70 is a young scholer, Mrs. Feldman, wrote her thesis on the Miss Stpne Affair, in Sofia. Her scientific advisor was acad. Nicolay Todorov, member of the Academy of science of Bulgaria, which the recent "young Turks" of the ruling circles in this country are aiming to destroy. Well hardly somebody else, but somebody like the editor in chief of Novinite.com or the so called proprietor of that entity, should have remembered that simple fact. The American advisors to Mrs. Feldman was the wife of the Deputy US Ambassador to communist Bulgaria, the distinguished Harvey Feldman, later on US Ambassador and Deputy US representative to the United Nations.A great Friend of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian people. The Stockholm syndrom is wrongly used by the authors. At that time Proetstant Missionaries from the US where stopping the forceful spread of islam under christian bulgarian population on the Balkans, which the ruling Ottoman turks had made in an official state policy since the 14 and 15 th century. For that Personalities like Miss Stone will never be forgotten, since they brought education in the language of the overwhelming majority of the population, namely the Bulgarians.
By the way the name of family Tsilka was later on bound forever with Bulgaria. The brother of Elena Tsilka, was married to the daughter of the great Bulgarian writer Petko Yordanov Todorov, the close friend of the great bulgarian Poet Javorov.
This why its great to have such honest readers as Mrs. Carpenter. Thanks to her and pretty many others who around the world are carrying on the truth of the heroic Fight of the Bulgarian nation subdued to one of the most brutal slavery of the Ottoman Turks.
Thanks, and intil we remember the trith it wil be never forgotten!!!
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