In the modern world, the equivalent of malicious bike-shed gossip can go global within hours.

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Serbian pilots are “dive bombing” Libyan protesters and Serbian mercenaries are being paid tens of thousands of dollars to fight for Gaddafi. You have to have to pity the poor Serbs here. In the modern world, the equivalent of malicious bike-shed gossip can go global within hours. On the other hand, with more than 66,000 people backing a Serbian support group for Gaddafi on Facebook it is hardly surprising that Libyans opposed to the regime might think that Serbs would be ready to bomb them.

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