Crazed loons

This kind of thing really annoys me:

Beqiri was given an official platform at the behest of ICG Balkans head honcho Nicholas Whyte, who invited him to speak on the very pressing need for all Albanians to live in one tidy state. While Whyte was careful to “express disagreements,” but promised to include the FBKSH platform as one of the three possible solutions to the Empire’s Balkan quagmire.

This tepid response was, of course, trumped by the fact that a criminal militant urging violent changes of international borders was invited to speak in the decorous and oh-so altruistic confines of the ICG anterooms. Hey, way to marginalize the extremists, guys!

As I noted in this journal at the time, I thought this was a confidential meeting rather than an “official platform” when I organised it. The conversation took place in a nearby cafe rather than in our anterooms (I don’t think we have any anterooms anyway). And my job is actually to talk to people who I often don’t like and usually disagree with, in order to find out what they really think.

It’s such a crappy piece anyway. I mean, the next paragraph:

German authorities did not provide any details on possible extradition to Albania, and the case seems to have vanished from the radar thereafter. However, it seems likely that Beqiri made it back to the fatherland.

– well, the author seems to have missed the news reports of the German extradition procedures in June.

Aaargh.

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1 Response to Crazed loons

  1. rparvaaz says:

    I never could finish that book…it just didn’t grab me. I much prefer her Rome series, which really did grab me.

    I have long suspected that its popularity was in a large part due to the thrill of the forbidden.

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