I knew this title would attract some attention from my Serbian buddies!!! It will also get its fair share of haters too. 🙂
War is a terrible thing. It is usually very difficult to find something positive or a humane act that is worth noting.
My country has been involved in many military conflicts over the years. I remember sitting in my Mexican classroom talking with my students about war. They asked me to name all of the wars that the USA has been involved in since The Civil War. 😮 😮 OMG! Could I do it?? I started to sweat and gave up! I asked them the last time they were involved in a war.They quickly replied ” The Mexican American War and our independence” DAMN!!! My country has been through countless wars and conflicts since that war.
The Balkans have had their fair share of war too! The Serbs tend to get blamed for all the bad things that happened during these conflicts. I am not a Balkan scholar….. I don’t even pretend to be very bright , but when there is a military conflict there are usually horrible things committed on both sides!! Thank God for our international media that is always looking out for us. They would never mislead us, would they??? They always show both sides of every conflict and never have a hidden agenda!! ahahahahahaha… The media is one thing that gets me fired up. If you turn on a newscast in the USA you would think we had two totally different countries. MSNBC is my choice for news. They are known for leaning LIBERAL and then on the other side of the aisle you have FOX… They are the CONSERVATIVE news source! I am not going to sit here and talk about how insane Fox News is, but they have a totally different view. I thought it was NEWS!!!!! The days of a balanced and unbiased newscast are over! If a station is owned by large corporations… WHAT DO YOU EXPECT!!!!???? (shaking my head in disgust)
In 1885 the Serbs and Bulgarians were in a bloody conflict. They had many wounded soldiers on each side. Serbia had founded the Red Cross a few years earlier in 1876. Bulgaria formed their Red Cross in September of 1885!!! They were both being offered additional assistance from the Red Cross organizations throughout Europe, but Bulgaria had a big problem!!! Serbia stood between them and Europe and the Danube River was frozen solid!! They had many wounded and sick soldiers that were in dire need of medical treatment. What did the Serbs do??? Let them freeze, starve and die??? NO! They did something that only was unheard of!!!! They halted the war for one day to allow medical supplies into Bulgaria!!!! The Austrian Red Cross had contacted the Serbs about the need of supplying the Bulgarians with needed supplies, and it was supported by the group of Serbian surgeons, the Serbian Army Headquarters proclaimed the one-day armistice and opened the state border, allowing the Red Cross entry. The two delegations met near the small town of Pirot, Serbia. That wasn’t the end of it! The Bulgarians were still short of medical supplies and the Serbian opened their medical supplies and shared with their enemy!!!!
This act didn’t go unnoticed! The headquarters of the International Red Cross in Geneva hung up a plaque in their hallway that states “Be Humane Like Serbia in 1885”