THE BALKANS: Not Always

Not all Balkan crises lead to threats, overt acts, wars. During the past month a once healthy-looming crisis blew up, blew over, scarcely titillated the news cables of the world. Bulgarian comitadjis, "irregulars" (near-bandits), staged an impromptu raid across the Jugoslav frontier. Soon a collective note ("ultimatum") was despatched by Jugoslavia, Rumania and Greece demanding that Bulgaria disband and disperse her comitadjis. Though these highly irregular gentry are not easily to be disbanded—even by the government to which they owe nominal allegiance—the Bulgarian Foreign Office drafted and despatched a sufficiently conciliatory reply to Jugoslavia, Rumania and Greece last week,...

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