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Steve Bannon and Bosnia -- Welcome to Ex-Yugoslavia

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Many say Trump has made America a "banana republic." But the fall of ex-Yugoslavia shows that a failed commonwealth may be a worse threat to its inhabitants.

Unfortunately, Trumpism follows a peculiar dialectic. Incapable of abating brutalities in Syria, the Bannonite cadre throw themselves into the cauldron of Balkanism. With his grossly ignorant, feral attack on Montenegro, Trump added his own sour element to the stew.

When the Habsburg and Ottoman empires were broken up, after World War I, the movement of borders on maps, by a millimeter, caused thousands of deaths. This pattern was present throughout the history of ex-Yugoslavia, and is replicated in Ukraine.

Russia has primed Serbia for a new round of aggression in the Balkans. It is a bad place for the Bannon cohort to stray, with their belief that provocative behavior has no consequences.

Horribly enough, one of the terminal features of the Trump usurpation of the American presidency may be a resumption of the Bosnian slaughter.

If such is the case, it will be a matter of deaths foretold. Western heedlessness to the earlier Serbian campaign of aggression may affect the U.S. as badly as adventurism in Afghanistan did the former-USSR.

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Stephen "Lu" Schwartz (Ashk Sylejman) is Executive Director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism, an international media network, and Founder of the Second Bektashi Sufi Mission to America. He has published more than 33 books and has pursued a (more...)

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