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Our Name Is Macedonia: Why Do We Have To Keep Justifying Our Existence? – OpEd

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In yet another protest against a change to Macedonia’s name and identity, Macedonians converged, en masse, in front of Macedonian parliament, despite road blockages and intimidation, carried out by the US-installed illegitimate government of Zoran Zaev.

Yes, Macedonia is on the brink of collapse due to interference from foreign elements. Its very sovereignty and the existence of the Macedonian people, including millions in the neighbouring countries and throughout the world, are in jeopardy.

Why? Because the US and European Union have deemed it a priority to increase NATO and EU membership and are demanding that the Republic of Macedonia change its name, identity, ethnicity and rewrite its history, contrary to all human rights conventions and international law. The end goal is to appease Greece, which opposes Macedonia’s name, all for the promise that Greece might lift its veto to allow discussions for the Republic of Macedonia’s potential NATO and EU membership.

Case in point: During an illegal session of Macedonian parliament on October 19, eight opposition MP’s were held in a chamber by the illegitimate government of Zoran Zaev until they followed orders to vote to change Macedonia’s name and identity. MP’s, with women especially targeted, were blackmailed, bribed and threatened with prison sentences, including threats to their families. This treasonous and illegal vote paves the way for two further parliamentary votes and for the complete annihilation of Macedonia’s right to self-determination.

These brutal tactics were sanctioned by US Ambassador Jess Baily, who was present in Macedonian parliament at the time. The mere presence of a foreign diplomat violates Macedonian (and any other country’s) parliamentary rules. But Baily is not alone. Joining him in interfering in Macedonia’s internal affairs are EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis and most, recently, US Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell, who have all visited Macedonia recently to issue blatant threats. The common message is “Change your name or else”.

So why does Greece want to rename Macedonia and redefine the identity of the Macedonian people? Former Greek Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis admitted, in 1995, that Greece manufactured the name dispute in order to deny the existence, and persecution, of its large Macedonian minority.

The name being imposed on Macedonia would be “Republic of North Macedonia”, and the new identity given to all Macedonians would be “Northern Macedonian”. There is a 19-page document known as the “Prespa Agreement” that redefines the terms “Macedonia” and “Macedonian” and gives Greece the power to punish Macedonia if it “misuses” any term to describe itself.

Does this seem normal?

And we are not just referring to Macedonians in the Republic of Macedonia. The entire region of Macedonia was partitioned in 1913 (a fact admitted by all, oppressors included) among Serbia/Yugoslavia (now the independent Republic of Macedonia), Bulgaria, Greece and later, Albania. Macedonians have been fighting attempts at eradication ever since. Greece, ironically, outlawed the term “Macedonia” and denied its existence until a dramatic propaganda switch in 1988, when it began a campaign of trying to deceive the world into believing that Macedonia was “Greek”. Let’s not forget though, that our other oppressors also claim Macedonia. Or, instead of being bogged down in a brutal game of Balkan roulette, we could just use common sense. Macedonia is Macedonian.

In a shocking interview recently on Macedonian television, Zoran Zaev even admitted that he was put into power to ensure Macedonia’s EU and NATO membership by forcing through a name change. But he fears no repercussions because he has the backing of the United States and European Union.

As a result, Zaev has used tactics such as ordering riot police to attack Macedonians who oppose the changing of their name and identity, falsifying election results, imprisoning dissenting Macedonians, firing people from public and private sector jobs, shutting down opposition media outlets and blocking social media access to those who dare oppose him.

Despite blatant and admitted interference, the US and EU have the gall to claim that “Russian meddling is destabilizing Macedonia”. American foreign policy dictates that “offence is the best defence”. In other words, accuse others of your own despicable tactics while continuing to employ them, with each successive one becoming more brazen.

Macedonians are simply demanding that their human rights and self-determination be defended. No one expected that it would be against attacks led by the West.

A solution that satisfies the West’s insatiable goal for Macedonian NATO and EU membership while actually respecting human rights, international law and decency? Instead of forcing Macedonia to jump through hoops on its way to cultural extinction, the West could remove the one-country veto rule in NATO and the EU or simply direct Greece not to use its veto power. The West must uphold the principles that it claims to respect, or it will be complicit in the demise of an entire ethnic group. Our Name Is Macedonia. Who gave you the right to change it?

*Bill Nicholov, President Macedonian Human Rights Movement International


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6 thoughts on “Our Name Is Macedonia: Why Do We Have To Keep Justifying Our Existence? – OpEd

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    December 3, 2018 at 7:49 am
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    A successful op ed that wants to be taken seriously is an op ed that tries to be as close to the facts as possible while promotes writer’s ideas and opinions.

    It is therefore sad to constantly read documents like the above where, while praising and pledging (correctly) for the right of any group of people to exercise self determination and purpose, forgets to take into account the similar needs of the opposing side. Even worse, forgets to bring upfront historical realities and needs.

    It is undeniable that the word Macedon and Macedonia is historical. It does exist way before the creation of modern states and does cover a wide geographical area nowadays within Greece, Bulgaria and FYROM.

    it is also historically correct to mention that the Ancient Macedonian population was using Ancient Greek as the common language while the current Slavic language used in FYROM has no historical relevance with ancient Macedonia.

    While I do support therefore the right of the FYROM population to adopt a name for their nation that incorporates the word Macedonia in it, it is alienating open minded persons like me when we do see ill fated efforts to expropriate ancient cultural names, culture and history for the sake of…(what?)

    It is exactly that large question mark above that makes me feel little to no sympathy for ill adviced ethnicists like the op ed writer, who at the end, make more last ending damage to their country than they understand.

    North Macedonia is a fair compromise, that clearly states the geographical location of FYROM. As for the right of North Macedonians to be called plain “Macedonians” or use “Macedonian” language I would say only: come on now… really? If a basketball team from Skopje, future North Macedonia will be against a basketball team from Thessaloniki, Greece’s Macedonia, who will rightfully be called “Macedonian” then?

    FYROM ethicists need to come down to reality and face historical and truthful facts before they further damage their beautiful country…

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      December 4, 2018 at 3:33 pm
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      Sorry. Macedonia isn’t divided. This is a popular myth promoted by Skopians irredentists and their antihellenic foreign apologists that confused ancient with modern names. Macedonia, the homeland of Alexander, is in Greece… not ancient Paeonia which others ridiculously recognized as “Macedonia”.

      The so-called “compromise” of North Macedonia will NOT WORK with more than half the former Yugoslavians opposing it. Zaev and far left like Tsipras, who claim to support democracy, are trying to shove this down the throats of their own electorate that opposes it. The live in a post nationalist Marxist fantasyland.

      Greece should not support this deal because FYROM nationalist themselves will not honour it (Bill Nicholov being a perfect example). Not only should there be no Macedonia in Skopje’s name but Greece should boot the current communist nitwit running it from office for treason for agreeing to call it Macedonia (also see Greek civil when far leftists supported Skopians).

      In addition, rather than behalf like unprincipled Greek leftist cowards that buckled to foreign pressure by agreeing to call Skopje “Macedonia”, Greece should start to retalitate on a diplomatic level again nations that call Skopians “Macedonians”. Give them a dose of their own medicine by recognizing nations they refuse to recognize then point them to their behavior around Skopje. (e.g Recognize Crimea as Russian, recognize native American states as independent, recognize Palestinian state, recognize Kosovo, recognize Taiwan, etc). Only if the foreign apologists of Skopje get a dose of their own patronizing medicine will they understand the great evil they tried to commit on Greece.

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    December 3, 2018 at 2:14 pm
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    Simple : do not join NATO.

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    December 3, 2018 at 6:01 pm
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    Answer: Because “Macedonia” is not your name BIll. The name and history belongs to Macedonia Greece, the homeland of Alexander.. not slavs in ancient Paeonia that, like crypto-Nazi Bill Nicholov.

    Fanatics like Nicholov is precisely why Greeks don’t want Skopje using the name Macedonia but do not object to Americans using the name. Unlike deluded ultra nationalist BIll Nicholov they don’t abuse the name and human rights by ridiciulously try to link themselves to ancient Macedonians. Not so they abuse the name to promote irredentism like Bill does.

    This website embarrasses itself by allowing crypto neo-Nazi propagandists like Nicholov to publish his racist garbage.

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    December 3, 2018 at 6:07 pm
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    “In other words, accuse others of your own despicable tactics while continuing to employ them, with each successive one becoming more brazen.”

    How ironic Nicholov accuses others of this given he lies and lies about the former Yugoslavians history and is an extreme nationalist that argues to violently overthrow the democratically elected government of own country because, unlike shameless ultra nationalist frauds like BIll, Zaev doesn’t pretend to be related to ancient Macedonians nor does he produce maps showing Maceodnia Greece annexed to Skopje like neo-Nazi Bill Nicholov does.

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    December 4, 2018 at 10:37 am
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    Because bill you are ethnic Bulgarians who are attempting to misappropriate another nations history and culture . An ethnici Bulgarian will always be an ethnic Bulgarian. You have a Bulgarian name and speak Bulgarian. You’re self determination has nothing to do with history. Back off greece’s History you deluded farm animal and back off the Greek hatred. You’re a Slav. Final.

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