Flat Earth: Nun with a gun

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REMAINING in Kosovo, you learn all you need to know about attitudes down there when you come across the Web page of Sister Natalia, an Orthodox nun from the US. She recounts her pilgrimage to various Serb Orthodox monasteries in Kosovo, where 90 per cent of the population are Albanian and Muslim.

At Devic monastery the abbess tells Sister Natalia of her recently deceased predecessor, Mother Parasceva. This holy woman had only one arm, but was still able to use the other to shoot at Muslims during their periodic uprisings, when they were apt to try to sack the monastery. If Mrs Albright really wants to send in the Marines to sort things out, she ought to take some Prozac and think again.

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