I’M GOING TO SERBIA!

The Balkans have long been the focus of the War Party, and now here’s your chance to experience the consequences of US intervention firsthand – while learning more about the ancient culture and uniqueness of the region. The Rockford Institute is sponsoring a trip to Serbia and Montenegro, September 17-28, and I’ll be going – and I want you to come along, too. Visit Belgrade; meet President Vojislav Kostunica and other top officials; visit with Serbian journalists and other writers; see the results of the devastating US bombing up close. Witness the beauty and tragedy of Yugoslavia, and learn more about the culture of a brave people who have borne the blows of the NATO-crats with a rare and heroic dignity.

We’ll be traveling on a luxury coach through the mountains of Montenegro, stopping at historic monasteries, rafting down the spectacular Tara River Gorge, and visiting Cetinje, the ancient royal capital. You’re going to fall in love with the old Adriatic beach town of Budva, where you’ll stay at a top-rate hotel and mix with the locals, taking in the sights, the history, and a new understanding of the crisis that threatens to unravel the delicate fabric of peace in that tumultuous and beautiful region.

This is, frankly, a way to support the embattled people of Yugoslavia: to pay tribute to their bravery and lend your support. You get a new perspective on what exactly is happening in the Balkans from the distinguished members of the Rockford Institute’s faculty: Dr. Thomas Fleming, editor of Chronicles and a frequent traveler to the region; Dr. Srdja Trifkovic, director of the Rockford Institute’s Center on International Affairs, and a former correspondent for BBC World Service and the US News and World Report; Dr. Thomas Molnar, professor of philosophy at the University of Budapest; Dr. Dragan Acovic, architect and historian; Father Hugh Barbour, prior and seminary lecturer at Saint Michael’s Abbey. Oh yeah, and yours truly will be there, too. And your American dollar is going to go a looong way – so you’ll be doing a good deed and having the time of your life. What more could anyone ask?

The earlybird (before Aug. 10) price of $2095 includes 11 nights lodging (including a week in Budva’s top internationally rated hotel), three sumptuous meals a day, transportation by luxury coach from Belgrade to Montenegro, all lectures and excursions, and transportation back to Belgrade. We’ll get you a special rate on air travel. Registration is limited, so please register now so we can get you the necessary visa. There are also special couple rates.

Before Aug. 10 After Aug. 10
Single $2095 $2495
Couple $3695 $3995

My plan is to go on to Macedonia after this little excursion is over, so I can bring you the real story of what is going on in that troubled country – from the front lines of the battle. No, I’m not asking you to go that far in my Balkan adventure (although I could use a driver), but you can help make it possible by signing up for the trip – or by making an earmarked contribution to Antiwar.com so they can afford to send me over there. To those of you who have been following my commentaries on the Balkans for some time – some of you since the first days of the Kosovo war, when my old “Wartime Diary” was running on this site on a daily basis – I appreciate the many letters of support I’ve gotten over the years. Now’s your chance to really show your support for my modest efforts – by making a contribution to our Traveling Journalist Fund.

This is important. I’ve been covering the crisis in the Balkans from a considerable distance. Now I have the opportunity to cover it up close. I can’t pass it up – and neither should you.

To make your reservation. For more details, call Chris Check, at 815-964-5811. And please make sure that you mention Antiwar.com, so you can get your special rate.

If you can’t go, but would like to make it possible for Antiwar.com to bring you on-the-scene up-to-the-minute reporting and commentary from the Balkans, make a contribution to our journalism fund by entering the amount below and clicking "submit." This will take you to our secure server to enter your information.

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Author: Justin Raimondo

Justin Raimondo is editor-at-large at Antiwar.com, and a senior fellow at the Randolph Bourne Institute. He is a contributing editor at The American Conservative, and writes a monthly column for Chronicles. He is the author of Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement [Center for Libertarian Studies, 1993; Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2000], and An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard [Prometheus Books, 2000].