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Old 03-05-2011, 01:26 AM
clairobscur is offline
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Originally Posted by sassyfras View Post
The Wikipedia articles explain some of the conflict, but I still don't get it.

You won't ever get it.

A lot of Greeks just don't like the idea that Slavs would call themselves Macedonians, they feel like they're robbed of their heritage (Alexander), and for some reason that nobody outside the Balkans can understand it's a huge deal and almost worth a declaration of war.

Just never pronounce the word "Macedonia" anywhere near a Greek*, avoid any spot (real or internet based) where a Macedonian and a Greek could be present at the same time and your sanity will be preserved.

(*) Preemptive comment : yes, I know, not every Greek is like that.