Saturday, February 6, 2010

An Easy Kill

Or the Thracian Civilization buried again

The Balkans always have been a zone of cultural mixes, a powder keg of conflict and a treasure hunters’ wet dream. One would think that with the European Union reigning over some of the countries that deserve this geographic nomination, all these intrigues, quarrels and mutual hate would stop. Wrong.

The Balkans live in the past. There are hordes of politicians, pseudo-historians and archeology aficionados, who try to “prove” the right of territory (though right of culture, right of ethic adherence and history) to belong to a modern state. The international soap opera “Macedonia name” continues for years. Slovenia and Croatia still dispute territories, Serbia doesn’t want to grant the right of existence of Kossovo, after giving away without fight Montenegro. And so on…

On this background of everybody hanging on the dear thread of history, it looks like it would be difficult to erase from the face of science and human memory the Thracians, people who existed 3 millennia on the Peninsula and beyond. Wrong. Many peoples want to kill the Thracian cultural heritage (except the treasure hunters, who know that a Thracian coin is more expensive on the market than a Greek or Roman one) and its uniqueness.

Who are the killers?

Let’s start with the arch-enemies of the Thracians, the Greeks. Cultural tourism in Greece depends on the 5 centuries of glory, when Athens and Sparta created amazing cultural heritage, visible until now a day. Alexander the Great and his father, Philip, added another 4 centuries of Hellenistic culture to the mix. With territories from the Middle East to Italy, Magna Graecia was a powerful cultural sphere, although never existed as an empire or organized state. At that time, there were only 3 enemies to Greece – the Persians, the Illyrians and the Thracians.

Form all literature surviving, the Thracians were constantly criticized: they didn’t water down the wine!!! (Can you believe such a crime against civilization), described with all kind of lies (they were selling their children in slavery, for money), and attacked by wars many times. In spite of all this, the memory of the Thracians survived – from Homer to Herodotus and Plato, to many travelers who admired their fine wines, supreme craftsmanship, their wealth and their military power.

Fast-forward 12 centuries after the last Thracians lived on the Peninsula within the limits of the Bulgarian and Byzantine empires, today the Magna Graecia fans are killing them with much more efficiency that they ever could with arms and lies in the Antiquity. How? Every Thracian tomb, artifact, epigraphic inscription, or document found in modern Greece is automatically labeled “Greek” and this is the end of the story.

And don’t believe that this is only happening to the Thracians. Mycenaean civilization gold masks, palaces and others – once again – Greek. The short memory of the Magna Graecia zealots cannot even go 200 years ago, when Thrace (currently a province in modern Greece), was completely occupied by Bulgarian speaking people, who still worshiped the Sun God of the Thracians by performing Nestinaria dances, to which several historical records testify.

With the same blindness to see antique maps, they insist that Macedonia was part of Greece, forgetting that in spite that Alexander the Great was speaking Greek at this time and his father was admitted to compete in the Olympic games as a Greek, he was considering himself Macedonian, not Greek. At this time, Macedonia was a melting pot of several tribes, including Thracian, Hellenistic and Illyrian ones, in spite of the labeling in the Museum of Macedonia.

If you believe the description in the Museum of Macedonia in Skopje, the Peonians (a Thracian tribe) were Macedonians and, accordingly to the modern FYR of Macedonia, the Illyrians were Macedonians too. And while the war over the naming, history and cultural heritage of the Macedon Empire is very visible internationally, the fight over the Thracians is only visible to a handful people in Bulgaria.

The politicians and pseudo-scientists in FYR of Macedonia are the other killer of Thracian history, although they are so discredited by trying to link their Slavonic (read Bulgarian, for some) heritage, to Alexander the Great that nobody believes them anyway. BTW, the Macedon cultural heritage doesn’t have anything to do with modern Macedonia, or with the geographical zone with this name covering parts of Greece, Bulgaria or FYRM.The Macedons and their Empire disappeared short after the dead of Alexander the Great, when it was broken in several provinces, including Thrace.

Romanian statements, trying to explain that the Dacians were not Thracians, based on the latest years of the Roman Empire, don’t hold water either. The Roman Province of Dacia was an administrative unit. The Dacian were Thracians, as per several documents from the antiquity. Several Thracian artifacts, fortresses, tombs, etc. are found not only on Romanian territory but as far as Ukraine and Southern Russia. That last one, is using the label “Scythians” to glue on every Thracian artifact found in their territories.

The Turks, who dominated the Balkan Peninsula with iron fist and terror, including cruel conversions to the Islam, slaughtering entire villages, etc., surprisingly enough, don’t always try to mislabel their archaeological finds with “Magna Graecia” or “Anatolian civilization” naming. Of course, there are mistakes made, but at least, in the Archaeological Museum of Istanbul, there is an entire hall dedicated to the Thracians, and every object is properly described as artifact of this important civilization.

All above is very normal – as I said – long histories, long hostilities reign over the Balkans. The reasons – cherchez le money! The tourism industry represents from 10 to 20% for each of the GDPs of any of the Balkan countries. Beach tourism is cheap. The cultural and creative tourism are bringing more money. That combined with ill territorial disputes, makes history important for the income of any of the Balkan countries.

Croatia, and Turkey took the high road and are proclaiming themselves successors of several civilizations, without particularly favoring any of the past cultures. Romania has its Dracula as a cash-cow in cultural tourism. Serbia and Slovenia stress their late medieval adherence to Europe with mostly Italian and Austrian influence, and are showing off their West European style castles and palaces. A smarter policy than to try to dwell in the antiquity. Albania, helped by the Islam countries, glorifies its Ottoman inheritance.

So, who is left to fight over the Antiquity? Bulgaria, Greece, and Macedonia. The last one is obviously a looser. By trying to implicate that Alexander the Great has anything to do with the modern Macedonians, who are heirs of the First and Second Bulgarian Empire, the country lost all international credibility to claim history.

What is doing Bulgaria in this battle against Greece over history? Trying to promote the Proto Bulgarian civilization, which in the antiquity was way out of the territories of modern Bulgaria and dwelled somewhere between modern Kazakhstan and Iran. What about the Thracians? Nothing. The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences took out the independence of the only one in the world Institute for Thracian Studies and glued it to the Institute of History, together to the Institute of Balkan Studies.

That, combined with the fact that only in Bulgaria there is not an Institute for Byzantine Studies from all the former territories of the Byzantine Empire, leads to… what?

If you want to visit Bulgaria, what you will see? Proto Bulgarians? Sorry, you have to go to other countries to see their cultural heritage – from Volga Bulgaria to Hungry, where is the Kubrat Golden Horde. As per the Bulgarian civilization from the First and Second Bulgarian Empires on the Balkan Peninsula, you can see Pliska (ruins), Preslav (ruins) and Tzarevetz. 250 000 people visited Tzarevetz in 2009. Compare this with the National Museum of History, Sofia with its Thracian Gold Treasures – 1 million of visitors. Compare this with Perpericon (Thracian Sanctuary Perperek) - half a million.

Is there a UNESCO site from the First and Second Bulgarian Empires? Yes, there are. The Boyana Church, the Ivanovo Monastery, and the Madara Horseman. The Boyana Church and the Ivanovo Monastery are in the list because of their frescoes, exhibiting great mastery of the Bulgarian medieval school of painting.
Unfortunately, for the non-specialist eye, these paintings are not different from the ones found in Serbian and Greek Monasteries, and the ones in FYR of Macedonia. One of the reasons is because the main painting styles were created and defined in Constantinople, Byzantium – all the rest followed the fashion.

Madara Rider is a giant reproduction of the Thracian Horseman, only few centuries later, depicting a Bulgarian Khan and built on Thracian sacred grounds. The UNESCO monument Rila Monastery is from late National Revival period, which architecture is a mix between neo-Byzantine and Ottoman and the frescoes are typical for all Balkan Peninsula, following the Byzantine cannon with few exceptions visible only to specialists. The same is true for the amazing wood carvings. So, promoting the great Bulgarian Empires as part of the cultural tourism brand for Bulgaria might result in a very confusing proposition.

What about the rest of the civilizations that left behind testimony of their existence in Bulgaria? You want to see Roman ruins? A lot of them in Bulgaria, but why going there, while in Italy they are much more abundant and for sure better preserved and presented to the public.

You want to see Greek Heritage? Yes, there is a plenty of this in Bulgaria too, but Greece is more famous tourism destination, plus all of their ruins are included in the UNESCO list. No one of the Greek cultural heritage sites in Bulgaria is.

You want to see Byzantine cultural heritage? You can, but then it is called “Bulgarian” here, even in Nessebar, which is pure Byzantine city,in spite of the Thracian name that survived millennia.

It is another story that Turkey and Greece fight over Byzantine heritage, which doesn’t have anything to do with modern Greece or with the kingdoms of Athens and Sparta. Bulgaria believes that they don’t have a dog in this fight, which is very stupid, since Constantinople was built on the ruins of a Thracian city (Byzantion – a Greek version of the name of city of Bizas, a Thracian tribe), from where the name of the entire empire.

What is left for the Bulgarian cultural tourism branding? The Thracians and the prehistoric civilizations. Very recently, the curators of an exhibition in New York called the Neolithic civilizations from Buglaria “Danubian” and totally forgot about the Neolithic Dwellings in Stara Zagora, the painting of the Magura cave, or the Hotniza treasures. It is clear that now Bulgaria doesn’t have prehistoric heritage for cultural tourism. You better go to Romania or Moldova, or Russia. Or Greece, for that matter, if you believe the map published by the UNY. As per this map, the agricultural tribes coming to Europe from the Middle East (understand Israel) through Greece, are not passing through the modern territories Turkey or Bulgaria. This is probably because they had such sophisticated navigation and fleet in the 10,000 BC, that would rather go through the sea than on firm ground only crossing the strait of Bosporus. Wrong, of course, but that is the result of 150 years of cultural policy of Greece to promote its heritage and to try to kill the one of the neighboring countries.

That, plus the total ignorance of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, which is trying to close the Institute for Thracian Studies “Prof Alexander Fol”, a lack of cultural policy, the “Strategic Plan for Cultural Tourism in Bulgaria” labeling the Valley of the Thracian Kings “The Valley of Kings” (funny, isn’t it, when there are at least 2 other Valleys of Kings near by – one in Egypt and another in Serbia) and the uber-patriotic claims that the Thracians were Proto-Bulgarians, leads to a very easy kill. The victim: the Thracian Civilization. The other victim – the millions of dollars from cultural tourism.

The National Museum of History, the Minister of Education and Sciences, entire public advocacy groups are trying to save the Institute, without any success. In the meantime, the only hope that is left is in the hands of the Bulgarian multi-billionaire Vassil Bojkov, who dared to exhibit his private collections of Thracian artifacts in Brussels 2 days after Bulgaria became member of the European Union and called the exhibition: The Splendors of Bulgaria. Bojkov also created a Foundation for Thracian studies and hired brilliant Thracology experts, gave for free his collection to be exhibited in the National Museum of History, published catalogues and books, and showed the Thracian splendors in Moscow, Russia for the Year of Bulgaria in Russia.

Many will say that the exhibitions of the Thracian gold in the USA, Japan, France, Switzerland, etc., are clear efforts of the Bulgarian government through its Ministry of Culture to showcase the Thracian Culture. Yes, they are. But without scientists to interpret this heritage not only as art created by the Thracians, Greeks and other “scientists” will continue to label the “Panagyurishte Treasure” as Greek, the Varna gold as “Danubian”, and the frescoes in the Kazanluk Tomb as “Hellenistic”.

In a time of battle between brands, the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences is killing (very easily, with the help of its friendly neighbors) the Thracian Civilization as brand of Bulgaria. And as Nike is now known as a brand of sneakers, not the Goddess of Victory, the next generations will believe that Thrace was part of Greece and Turkey, and Bulgaria doesn’t have anything to do with it.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Save the Institute for Thracian Studies "Prof. Alexander Fol"

The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences wants to close the Institute for Thracian Studies.

Please do not permit this criminal act to happen.

The Institute for Thracian Studies is a multi-disciplinary scientific think-tank, with research and publication across several countries and is supported by the scientific community worldwide. Its research encompasses all the aspects of ancient Thracian history, cultural anthropology and linguistics, spreading on 5 millennia of European history.


1. In a closed doors meeting in the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) some of the BAS managers proposed to demolish the institute for Thracian Studies and/or merge it with the History Institute.
2. That is not only for financial reasons (funding, which is very scarce for humanities sciences in Bulgaria) but because of internal policies issues - try to manage less institutes.
3. The building of the Institute is AAA super expensive real estate piece, bequested to the BAS in the early 20th century. Many big developers have their eyes on it, and closing the Institute to sell the building to the highest bidder is not out of question.
4. Other institute, the National Institute for Archaeology with a museum (NAIM) displays many precious (Thracian) artifacts, but they don't have an analytical/cultural theory/history department to deal with the Thracian heritage. These functions are performed now by the Institute of Thracian Studies.
5. The entire re-structuring was, at least officially, triggered by the European Commission Report on the BAS performance. The report didn't correctly asses the Institute. It was completely biased, many of the international activities and publications were not registered, many of the activities of the Institute to popularize the Thracian Civilization were totally neglected. That is partially due to internal European intrigues - the Thracian culture was, is and will always neglected because of the super-powerful Greek lobby (European Commissioner for Culture is from Greece), trying to present the Thracian culture and civilization as part of Magna Graecia. If the opinion of the EC, which BAS is not taking into account, the Institute should be merged with the NAIM. This proposition was never made. Besides, this is a very well calculated move: eliminating the interpretative part of the archaeology of the Thracian artifacts and monuments, all archaeological finds from the Thracian civilization, will be labeled as "Greek", as it is now in all US museums.
6. The management of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences is mostly composed by people with old-fashion understanding of market economy. They still live in the communist times, when they received their academic accolades. They don't understand the need for small, mobile and multidisciplinary research think tanks, but still dream for the mega state-funded institutes, as in the past.
7. When combining several institutes into one, the European funding is in jeopardy for the Thracian Studies - there will be always other, more 'urgent" priority and the corresponding politics involved, if the Institute is merged with the one of History.
8. The way that management decisions are taken in the institute, require at least one representative of each department to be present. How scientists with modern history profile will be able to take decision on important matters in Thracian Studies and vice versa, is not calculated in these merger plans.
9. The reasons behind all this are very complex and difficult to explain and prove. On January 25, 2010, the BAS will take a decision on re-structuring all institutes, centers etc. The BAS is independent even from the Bulgarian Government. The Minister of Education can only recommend actions, but not rule over it. Not even the Prime Minister can influence their decisions.That is why I believe that urgent action with the support of all academic, research community and the general public should be taken.

All of us, who value science and our common past as Europeans should unite and sign the petition to the Bulgarian Government to preserve the Institute, so it can continue to publish worldwide information, books and scientific articles about the Thracian Civilization. You also can take other action - write to the PR office of BAS, call them etc. Below are all necessary links.

Thank you.
Rossitza Ohridska-Olson
Petition URL:
Facebook group URL:
URL of the Institute (English):

PR Office of BAS URL:

Dr. Antoaneta Hristova
02/987 46 53; 0887 123 999

Stoyan Velev
02/987 46 53; Mobile 0885 562 680

Eva Tzvetkova
02/987 46 53; 0893 47 17 48

P.S. For the moment, the PR (Dr. Hristova) doesn't want to release any info about the restructuring project, since this will trigger actions like this in defense of the Institute of Thracian Studies. Similar petitions and discontentments are voiced about the merger between the Institute of Ethnography and Museum with the Institute of Folklore, etc.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Призрак броди из България

За Проф. Божидар Димитров, ДС и друти българищини

Няма да крия, че писанията по-надолу са в защита на Проф. Божидар Димитров. Няма, защото живея в правова държава (САЩ) и имам свобода на словото, свобода на печата и други свободи, от които се възползувам с удоволствие. Имам право да защитавам или да критикувам когото и каквото искам, и затова няма да бъда наказана.

А сега да започна малко по-отрано. 1989-2009 година. Комунистите са свалени (поне в този състав, в който ги дирижираше Тошо) и на власт идват «демократи», мафиози, роялисти и какви ли не, които си сменят етикетите през 4 години, прегрупирват се, коалират се и си прехвърлят от джоб на джоб иманетата на страната. Тук не говоря само за археологически съкровища, а за хазните на държавата. Колкото и всички да плюят, осъждат с площадни слова и телевизионни изцепления, призракът на ДС не изчезва, както и «досиетата» на техните сътрудници. По време на избори току се появяват много уместно всякакви компромати за кандидати или вече избрани личности – от Президента Първанов до Проф. Божидар Димитров и какво ли не. Това което обаче НЕ Е СТАНАЛО в продължение на 20 години «демокрация» е да се осъди ПОНЕ един човек – служител или сътрудник (доносник, информатор, и т.н.) на ДС.

И докато в правната система на България, основана на римското право съществува презумция за невинност, то в медиите такава презумция няма. Даже обратното – първо се обявява някой за виновен, а после му се извиняват, ако той се осмели да ги съди за клевета.

Така. Няма осъдени за незаконни действия срещу народа – от ДС или от техните информатори или доносници. Тези, отговорни за «възродителни» и други смачкващи свободите и човешките права процеси си пърхат на свобода. Тяхната вина не е доказана по правен път. Сигурно защото «България», и «правова държава» не се сместват много удобно в едно изречение. Първият акт на новото народно събрание отново няма нищо общо с правността: да се изключат от властта хора, свързани с бившото ДС, преди те да са последствени, с доказана вина и осъдени, българския парламент им отнема конституционното право да бъдат избирани и одобрявани за държавни постове от високо ниво.

Всички мразим призрака на ДС. Всеки от нас е изстрадал ограниченията на свободата на словото, печата (най-малко), загубата на Родина и на близки. Само че служейки си с техните методи няма да допълзим до демокрацията. Демократичните методи са: съд, осъждане, затвор (или глоба), излежаване на присъда, освобождаване, реабилитация.

А сега за Проф. Божидар Димитров. Някой си от някакъв вестник, телевизия или неправителствена организация му приписва сътрудничество с ДС. Е, и? На кого точно е навредил, ако това е вярно? Колко хора са били малтретирани, изселени в Турция, бити, тикнати в концлагери ЛИЧНО ОТ Проф. Димитров? Кога е процесът срещу него и останалите десетки хора, обвинени в такова сътрудничество? Няма такъв процес и няма информация с какво точно и кому е навредил Проф. Димитров.

Това което е видно, обаче, че той милее за България. Дали преувеличава ролята на прабългарите, или отделя по-голямо внимание на средновековието, отколкото, да речем на пра-историята, това е нормално – той е медиавист и патриот. Освен това е учен, писател и общественик. Над 300 публикации, десетки книги, информационно-историческо предаване по телевизията и куп още други прояви през последните 20 години не остават съмнение за намеренията му – да помогне на българската култура, историческа памет и национално съзнание да се извисят – в България и извън нейните граници.

Освен това е манажер: доходите от НИМ, който е под негово ръководство се увеличават всяка година, въпреки забутаното географско положение на музея. И каквото и да измислят медиите, всички приходи и разходи са документирани и използувани за поддръжката на тази институция, която би трябвало да бъде най-престижната в българската култура. НИМ е между другото единственият държавно-бюджетен музей, който има 50% собствени приходи. Тоест, спестява най-много от парите на данъкоплатците.

Та, тези данъкоплатци са и избиратели. В Бургас, Проф. Божидар Димитров победи неуспоримо срещу конкурентите си от другите партии. В България ГЕРБ спечели 40% от гласовете, тоест най-много хора се доверяват на партията на Божидар. В чужбина (с изключение на Турция), тези хора са 60% от избирателите. И какво става след това? Изборът от страна на ГЕРБ (демократично избрана партия) за Божидар Димитров да бъде Министър без портфейл и да се занимава с българите в чужбина се оплюва дори преди гласуването на Народното Събрание. Тук дори не говорим за това, че той би бил и един велик министър на културата – за това ГЕРБ да му мисли. След като сме гласували за ГЕРБ, би трябвало да им се доверим. Поне така е демократично. И така е правово.

Иначе, преследвайки Проф. Божидар Димитров със манипулационните средства на бившото ДС (невинен, изрпатен в Белово без процес, нали знаете техните методи) не ни прави демократи, а нови сътрудници на страшната организация. Те и това искат – да си останат на власт чрез зловешата си сянка.

Та затова аз защитавам Проф. Димитров – защото по кадърност заслужава поста си, а по демократични убеждения смятам, че трябва да подкрепя решението на законно избраната партия.

© 2009 Rossitza Ohridska-Olson

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Batak Massacre - not a myth

Клането В Батак и съвременните Поп-Кръстювци

Автор: Росица Охридска-Олсон

Благородния подем, свързван със саможертвата и героизма може да има много корени: от любов към една жена до любов към една страна или народ; от желанието да се служи на една идея, или вяра до желанието да се служи на едно минало, настояще или бъдеще.

От друга страна, предателството има много ограничени извори на вдъхновение – алчност и глупост поддтикват подлите душички да продадат за тридесет и три сребърника я Христос, я Левски (него даже за по-малко пари, ама айде), я цялото Българско геройство и самоотрицание в името на Освобождението на страната от турско робство. Цената на тези последните, съвременните Поп-Кръстювци, се измерва в псевдо-научни титли и места в Парламента.

Избори наближават, народе, и какво по-добро средство за привличане на вниманието от създаване на международен скандал, прекрит пред благородната цел за преразглеждане на Българската история от «Европейска» гледна точка?

Преди две години подпалиха огъня по въпроса за извайване паметник на Осман Паша. Сега пък се мъчат да докажат «по научному», че клането в Батак е преувеличена медийна измислица на западните журналисти от 19 век. И жалкото е, че инициативата идва от «български учени».

Тези продажници с докторски (на науката) титли не са виновни – българските учени са бедни, а «беден човек, жив дявол». Не е чудно, че някои от тях са се изкушили я с парички за публикацийка на немски, я с командировка до поредния безмислен конгрес в чужбина.

Виновни са изкушителите: тези, които с политически цели, и с парите на Европейската Общност се стремят да отнемат и малкото достойнство на Българина – да се гордее с героизма на своето минало, и с приноса си към борбата срещу поддисничеството на чужда власт и религия. Тази гордост, която ни позволи да се запазим като нация в продължение на 500 години робство, геноцид, кланета и поругавания – на достойнство, вяра и национална чест.

Като прочетете приложения документ, ще си дадете сметка от безмислието на предложението за проекта «Митът за Батак». Виждате ли, в проеко-предложението се искат пари от Европейската Общност за да може да се направи изложба, която да докаже:

Че в Батак не е имало кланета – две-три прерязвания на гърла, нищо работа;
Че цялата история с героизма в църквата в Батак е преувеличение на тогавашните журналисти, които, виждате ли, не обичали Османската Империя (и да се чудиш защо французи, руснаци и подобни не са си падали по прекрасните завоеватели на целия Балкански полуостров);
Че ние, Българите, обвинявайки главорезите от Баташката църква, сме подведени от умраза към мюсюлманството и от етнически предрасъдъци;
И че е крайно време да кажем: Е, какво пък толкоз, две-три прерязани гърла – халал да им е на турците, нали сега сме приятели, и да изпием по една студена вода.

Да, ама не. Аз като Българка, живееща на хиляди километри от Батак, не съм съгласна да пия студена вода и да кажа «майната му, какво пък толкова, важното е Хасан, съседа да се кефи и да не му се притеснява рахата с чувство на вина».

Не съм съгласна кръвта от стените и пода на църквата да се изтрие с Мистър Клийн в името на «цивилизованите» напъни на псевдо-политиците, които искат да се подмажат на турските и помашки избиратели в района. Мисля, че Г-н Доган и компания имат по-добри шансове за победа, ако се придържат към прекрасните инициативи за икономическо развитие в тези бедни зони на страната, както правеха досега.

Мисля, че българските турци или мюсюлмани нямат нужда от затриване на Българската история – те си имат своя героична история, с която могат да се гордеят, без да преиначават нашата.

Мисля, че да живеем в мир и разбирателсвто, по Европейски и по Български, и по християнски, мюсюлмански, еврейски или цигански, имаме нужда от собствено достойство, а не от унижение на ближния.

И ако си мислите, че на нас, на тези които не гледаме всяка вечер новините по БТВ или Канал 1, не ни пука какво става в Батак, вие се лъжите. Защото именно тази кръв разплискана по стените на мъничката тъжна църква, ни дава сили да пред една 300 милионна нация и да кажем гордо: ние сме Българи. И няма значение с какъв герб е паспорта ни, защото тези които бяха изклани в Батак ни дадоха идентичност и достойнство, и душа по-голяма от синевата на Родопското небе.

И понеже ни пука, ви молим – вас, псевдо-политици, бедни учени, заблудени псевдо патриоти с атакуващи амбиции – не се гаврете с Българската история. Тя е такава, каквато е – и славна, и тъмна, и значима, и безмислена, но тя е част от нас. Моля ви, не ни я отнемайте.