December 23, 2009
The Big Excursion
A little reminder of what happens when government gets too powerful: my friend sends a link to a post on his friend's blog on "The Big Excursion." I guess the author was about 11 when the events happened. It does not lend itself to excerpting, but here is the intro:
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the compelled migration of Bulgaria’s Turks. Being a part of the brutal forced assimilation process that the Bulgarian government imposed on the largest minority of the country, it is the biggest exodus that Europe has seen since the World War II. More than 320,000 people left their homes seeking for shelter and protection in Turkey [1, 2]. Later this became known as “The Big Excursion”. Here I will try to relate my recollections of the sad story of my family during this excursion.
My friend is Bulgarian by birth, Turkish by race, and now a citizen of Ireland. He and the author now both have PhDs in Computer Science.
Both grew up under not only the oppression of Communism but also governmnet-sponsered racism against Turks and Muslims. Curiously, I cannot detect the distrust of government in my friend present in so many freed from Communism. He is a big fan of European Socialism, hopes to see the UN do more against Global Warming, &c.
He IMed this link to me and said "i hope nobody experiences something like this again." And yet he thinks I am crazy for seeing the seeds of that in expanding government power today.
We agree, however: "i hope nobody experiences something like this again."