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Comic #1943

1 {scene: The streets of Paris. Minnesota Jones is driving the motorcycle, with Prof. Jones in the sidecar, after the Nazis.}
1 Prof. Jones: This reminds me of a chap who emigrated from Zagreb to my university just after the Great War. Used to ferry people around in his sidecar all the time.
2 Prof. Jones: Until one time when a new student from Belgrade requested a ride. Turned him down flat.
3 Prof. Jones: When I asked why, he said he hated people from Belgrade.
4 Minnesota Jones: A touch aserbic, was he?
4 Prof. Jones: That's what I said!

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The history and politics of Croatia and Serbia are far too tangled for me to go into here.

My impressions of these two countries and their cultures are unfortunately coloured by having grown up attending a school which had students from migrant populations from both Serbia and Croatia - although at that time the nations were uneasily united into the short-lived and ultimately doomed entity known as Yugoslavia. I distinctly recall, as a young teenager, wondering how two groups of people could possibly hate each other so vehemently, and for no apparent reason other than that their parents had taught them to hate the other group. It was particularly ridiculous in that many of the children had been born in Australia and had no first-hand knowledge of what life was like in Balkan Europe at all.

Sometimes I feel that our long-term cultural memories and the passing of knowledge from parent to child is holding us back from our growth as a united species. Passing grudges on to younger generations merely guarantees that they too will live in misery and violence.

On a different topic, I'm expecting large royalty payments from Lucasfilm soon. That's two you owe me, George.

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