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BELGRADE-Model Based on Myth

BELGRADE Model Based on Myth K Krishna Moorthy HOW applicable is the Yugoslav system as a model for other countries? This is a question which is asked repeatedly in Eastern and Western Europe and in the developing countries. The answer is that it is not a model for wholesale adoption by any other country. One of the great myths about Yugoslavia is that because of its constant quarrels with the West and the Soviet Union it has developed itself with its own resources. Yugoslav propaganda media try to give the impression that the country is simultaneously battling threats from the West as well as the Soviet Union, Diplomats posted in Belgrade, especially those from non-aligned countries, have often been ignorant of the immense political and economic support that Yugoslavia has received from the West. Reputed Western newspa- pers have also fallen prey to giving the Yugoslavs much more than their due by harping on the "poor flow of aid" to Tito. Nothing is farther from the truth. Foreign aid is one thing that Tito has rarely lacked.

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