Bulgaria Will Never Be The Same
By Maxim Behar
Terror doesn't have two faces, or any more than that.
It has one face only – the face of death, horror, tragedy. To that, I would add pointlessness. Absolute pointlessness.
It is hard to understand how some people are able to kill other people. Innocent people who came to peaceful and welcoming Bulgaria to enjoy life. They came just like hundreds of thousands of their compatriots come every year precisely because Bulgaria is peaceful and welcoming; because for centuries Bulgarians, Jews, Turks, Armenians... have been living peacefully and happily here; they live in understanding and resolve together hard and easy things in life. But only when life does exist! For many of them, our brothers and sisters, life no longer exists. Dully, stupidly, incredibly, and inexplicably.
It is really just hard to believe.
40 years after the tragedy during the Munich Olympics, a tragedy that caught the attention of the entire world and became emblematic of the horror of terror against innocent victims, it has now been repeated in a more shocking, more inexplicable, more horrific way. It has now been repeated in Bulgaria.
Indeed, we can hardly realize right now what's happening. We will hardly be able to realize it in the days to come.
But one thing is for sure – in this entire economic and political mess, in this entire post-communist chaos, in the years of change of values, friendship, hunger, unemployment, sad and confused people... this now is the greatest tragedy that has happened in Bulgaria in the past at least 20 years.
Exactly Bulgaria, the country that made history with the fact that it saved its Jewish brothers and sisters from the death camps; exactly the Bulgarians who in all those years have proven a million times that they are above any sort of petty quarrel and conflict when they need to save a life, it is now precisely them that need to suffer together with the relatives of those killed. This is inhuman and abnormal.
There is nothing more savage, more inexplicable, and more shocking than terror. That is why Bulgaria will never be the same.
We will be more united, a lot more suffering, and – I hope – more sensible and cautious. So that we can prove that we are true Bulgarians, true patriots, and, as always over the years, to prove that we know how to lose, and how to turn losses into victories.
As... there is no greater victory in today's world than victory over terror.
People who saved Jews all over German sphered Europe have something in common, they did so in SECRET. You want Bulgaria to have told Germany that Bulgaria was responsible for foreign citizens of Jewish origin? They would have bought that? Not only would they see through it, but it would have resulted in Bulgaria's own Jews going to the Holocaust as well.
When you have big powers that are genocidal n fascist, the best idea isn't to flaunt how you want to screw up their plans.
What do you want? Bulgaria to be some Hollywood B-movie hero that magically saves all the Jews in the region?
As for your cries about Greece, ah so you are a Greek? Explains your hostility. Have you forgotten how you side by side with the Turks in 2nd Balkan War burned down Bulgarian villages n massacred the population?
July 11, 1913
"Dear brother from Serres to the border we burned down all Bulgarian villages... Jona Christo Tzigaridis."
"We burn down all Bulgarian villages we occupy and kill all Bulgarians who fall in our hands. S. Z. Kalivanis."
July 12, 1913
"I captured five Bulgarians and a girl from Serres... I killed the girl. I took out the eyes of the men while they were still alive... Love, Kosta"
Seedy, where did you get your information? It's never come up before. Just curious...
And did you know that Bulgaria was trying to free its population which was under Greek occupation since the Balkan wars? When the "Big" powers cut pieces of Bulgaria and gave them to Greece, Serbia, Romania and Turkey...
I didn't say the Jews who were transported across Bulgarian territory were under Bulgarian authority but it's ludicrous for a country to pat itself on the back for saving "our Jews" when it made not the slightest attempt to even protest about the others being transported across its territory to their deaths.
However, what about the tens of thousands of people who were massacred in Greece by the Bulgarian army and while under its "tender care"? Maybe they were like the victims of the Armenian Genocide and didn't really exist.....
Oh please, those were foreign citizens not in Bulgaria's control, blame the Germans (who had a massive army in the Balkans). If it was up to Bulgarian people, they wouldn't have died just like the 50 000 Jews who survived (and increased in number) in ww2 Bulgaria.
Bulgarians proved what they would do given the choice and possibility. Circumstance doesn't always favor for people to get to make choices when you have world powers bullying small countries.