Bulgarian Nikola Pushkarov on “The Economic Wealth of Macedonia and its Neighbors”
All the neighbors of Macedonia wish her well. Each of them tries through all means to convince the Macedonians of its significance as a savior. When the population of Macedonia doubts the sincerity of the unwanted liberators, they even prove to it the opposite by the sword. And each of the neighbors denies the other the right to be a liberator. The neighbors waged wars in this dispute, they had been fighting among themselves for years to the right of Macedonia’s liberators. They exhausted the three neighboring peoples and almost exterminated the Macedonian people. The wars ended, because the peoples realized that the liberation of Macedonia had turned into enormous increase of the capital of the false patriots at the expanse of the peoples ‘ blood and sweat. Today the exhausted peoples, exasperated by the terrible patriotic deeds of the false patriots, demand payment for the lies, for the terrible lies which threw them into terrible rows. But the false patriots of the neighbors do not despair; they have created special agencies of mercenaries responsible for proving by excusable and inexcusable means how the Macedonians most closely belong to the “homeland” of their patrons. They have called the population of this unfortunate land either “Bulgarophone Greeks”, or “Macedonians Slavo-Serbs,: or “brothers beyond Mount Rila.”… …It is the wealth of Macedonia which makes the false patriots of her neighbors mad with “patriotism”. Makes them burn with desire to cut off as large as possible a portion of Macedonia for themselves to “liberate” it, i.e. to deprive the Macedonians of the chance of governing themselves. But you must keep your land, Macedonians, from the false good wishes of those individuals. They will bring you a new slavery, harsher then the former. Your land is entirely capable of an independent existence. …Unite around the banner of the autonomy of your homeland, because it is the only banner which you will not be persecuted for not being a Greek, Serb or Bulgarian, but simply Macedonian.
Taken from Bjoletin br. 8 (19.VII.1919) pages 7-8.