Map of the BalkansAccording to Reuters, moderate, pro-Western, Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic was just taken out by a sniper in Belgrade. He was trying to clean up organized crime and dealing with the fallout from the collapse of Slobodan Milosevic's vicious government at the hands of NATO. This leaves nationalist former Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica, who's no friend of ours, as the most prominent politician in the country.

As the Bismarck quote above implies, nothing good is likely to come of this.