All resistances have a name for the oppressors deprivations on their people. The Irish call it the troubles, the Palestinians call it the catastrophe. The Bulgarians abroad simply say “По тихо ще ни върнатъ”, or in English “Don't talk about it or the British will send us back to get executed by the Serbs”.
Unofficially, it was British and commonwealth policy to keep the genocide of the Bulgarian people by the Serbs a secret. This was done not so much because it was British observers, training and weapons that were used to massacre the Bulgarians in Macedonia. This was a commonly known and recorded fact known to most historians. As it was soviet observers with soviet weapons were doing the same thing to help kill Bulgarians. The primary reason this was meant to be a secret was because both the allies and the soviets were courting Tito to get Serbia in their sphere of influence. They could not antagonize Serbia with publicity of mass genocide and ethnic cleansing. The allies always pragmatic ignored the fact that they had been fighting the Serbs after WW 2 to keep them from annexing Trieste. The allies decided to send massive amounts of aid and money to sway Yugoslavia into NATO. The soviets did the same thing to sway Yugoslavia into the Warsaw pact. Tito never did commit to one side or the other, but played them both as the free money kept rolling in.
The legal maxim that a law will not be applied if it is void for vagueness does not apply to the official secrets act. After all one cannot go to parliament and pass a law saying, the commonwealth involvement in the Serbian genocide of Bulgarians in Macedonia is a government secret and shall not be discussed in public or private. The fallacy of this thinking was shown in England, when Nicola Tolstoy published a book on the British involvement of the genocide of Croatians by Serbs at the end of WW 2, was taken to court in the 80s, by the government. The court ruled in the Tolstoy's favor, one because the book was made a sensation by all the publicity, two because the official secrets act had a limit of 25 years, three the author could publish his book outside England and four because everybody from Croatia, already knew about it.
The need to keep these secrets did not become irrelevant by the more recent acts of ethnic cleansing of the Serbs but rather by events prior to that. As one Bulgaria said “the Russians will never allow Yugoslavia to be partitioned”, another Bulgarian replied” you fool, the Americans have partitioned Russia”. The dissolution of Warsaw pact and integration of all eastern Europe into NATO made the secret irrelevant. There was no reason to try and court the Serbs into NATO, with all of eastern Europe in the western sphere. Embarrassing yes, but now no one cares what the Serbs want or don't want. Their second genocide in the 20th century was televised all over the 5 o'clock news, world wide. The Russians while sympathetic to the Serbians cause, were only able to have their peace keepers sell fuel and ammunition to the Serbs.
The future of Macedonia belongs to the Albanians and Bulgarians, the only people not complicit in genocide in the region.
Брукселъ гу е уСтефчо Стефчо!
Michael, a friend of mine had an extraordinary life. I met him when he was 80. A pensioner in America living on social security with his wife. He was a Russian Bulgarian from Odessa. His wife was a Russian Jew.
He was a Russian soldier during the
great patriotic war. A sergeant, machine gunner, who lost his leg to
a German land mine. His father had also lost his leg to the Germans.
It was his father who walked for three days on
crutches with a huge jug of wine on his
back to bring it to his son who was
in the hospital, for him and his friends to drink.
For his service, he was appointed dean of history in the university of Odessa. When the Ukrainians took over from the Russians he was ousted from his position in the university. He then immigrated to the USA. Like most Russian immigrants he was homesick and lonely. The Americans treated his step son most cruelly, as he was a cocaine addict.
Michael divorced his wife, whom he loved, so that they could gain the benefit of two social security checks. He then returned to the Ukraine where the Russians poisoned him for defecting or talking to the Americans.
He lost his leg to the Germans, his job to the Ukrainians, his step son to the Americans, and his pension to the Russians. A soldier of the great patriotic war deserved better.
Богъ да ти прости Мишо.
Аманъ бе братя стига съсъ тези жвакания!
Нато и олеле Мале!
Скрийтѣ българското знаме!
Последното сръбско коло!