Last month someone named Anthony Loyd wrote an article titled Kosovo deserves its independence, which included the sentence:
Far beyond the borders of Serbia a sickening form of revisionism has prevailed across the years among critics of Kosovo’s desire for independence.
To translate: Far beyond the borders of Serbia a discomforting form of debunking Balkan mythology and Serb-demonization has prevailed across the years among critics of Kosovo’s desire for independence.
…A part of it derives from racism: inscrutable, impoverished, Muslim, their language and culture unlike any other in Europe, Kosovo Albanians are an easy “white nigger” target for the self-satisfied elements of Western Europe’s pseudo-political classes.
Ah. So in addition to the concerted international program to rob Serbs of their lives, economy, health and property, this bastard is now trying to rob the Serbs of a label that was in fact originally theirs: the white nigger.
I’m looking at a July 1992 issue of a now defunct British magazine titled Living Marxism — whose being in my possession can only be explained by the fact that our bizarre Balkans policies have made for some bizarre political bedfellows. This was the publication that broke the story about the British ITN (Independent Television News) crew which in 1992 shot footage of Bosnians in front of some chicken wire that was immediately circulated and published around the world as Bosnians behind the wires of a Serb-run concentration camp. Living Marxism was sued out of existence by ITN, the broadcast medium that holds the earliest responsibility for the Serbs-as-Nazis slander that easily caught on. The British court (so not exactly a court in the American understanding), as usual found for the plaintiff — not because Living Marxism was wrong, but because it couldn’t prove that ITN had intent to deceive, and therefore its original article was “libelous”.
Readers can judge ITN’s intentions for themselves by watching this half-hour documentary titled “Judgment” — and see if “journalist” Penny Marshall’s prodding of the Bosnian Muslims to say they’re being mistreated by Serbs suggests that perhaps there was some ill intention. Notice also the part where her heart seems to sink when she hears from these Bosnian Muslims that they’re happy to live with Serbs “together, in Yugoslavia.” If these parts aren’t convincing, consider that there is something called a crime of omission. For example, if footage that I shot were being splashed on the front pages of every major newspaper around the world as something that it isn’t, I might say something to set the record straight.
(This Canada Free Press article also mentions the skinny-man image that fooled the world; the Free Press article was published in the midst of the doctored-image war against Israel during the 2006 Lebanon war.)
But back to the main point of this blog — the July, 1992 cover of Living Marxism that I’m looking at. The title of the article, in enormous white lettering, reads: “The Serbs: ‘WHITE NIGGERS’ of the New World Order”
Accompanying the article is a cartoon reprinted from The Independent newspaper in UK:
The primate’s tag reads “Serbian Irregular.”
And here is an excerpt making the case for the label bestowed by the aforementioned headline:
The image of Serbia as the new villain of world affairs has been artificially constructed by the Western powers for their own purposes. The Serbs, and the other peoples of the old Yugoslavia, have got caught up in the crossfire of the struggle for influence in the post-Cold War world.
It is the latest round of Great Power politics, rather than the internal affairs of the former Yugoslav republics, which explains why Serbia has been singled out. The Serbs have been deliberately set up as the ‘white niggers’ of the new world order…The campaign to criminalise the Serbs began last year  as a German initiative. The German government escalated the conflict in Yugoslavia by coming out in support of ‘civilised’ Croatia against ‘barbaric’ Serbia, and forcing the rest of the EC [European Community] states to follow its lead…This year, however, as the focus of the fighting has shifted from Croatia to Bosnia, the American authorities have taken over the leading role in the anti-Serb crusade. President George Bush, backed by [John] Major, has pushed the UN into imposing sanctions on Belgrade and got Nato to fire warning shots at Serbia, in a bid to re-establish the waning authority of the USA within the Western Alliance.
The fact that we are looking at another round of this anti-Serb propaganda should have every American and European asking: Why are we - in 2008 - still looking for a bogeyman when we have a real and determined enemy? While we peddle the story of the Serbian “nationalist” bogeyman in the Balkans, we knowingly assist the real and determined enemy in the Balkans with its goal.
But back to our Brit-diot of the day, who stripped the Serbs even of their claim to “white niggerdom”, transferring that label from the victim to the aggressor to further paint the two as the reverse of each other. The year of the Living Marxism story in question, 1992, was also the year that George Bush Sr. issued the famous “winter warning” to Yugoslavia to not crack down on Albanian misbehavior in Kosovo. Also by 1992 the Albanians had already hired foreign PR firms, as did the Croats and Bosnians in this three-front image war against Yugoslavia and the Serbs. Lo and behold, 15 years later, not only is Kosovo Albanian, but the sympathetic 1992 label “white nigger” also belongs to Albanians.
The rest of the Loyd article is too standardly ridiculous to address, but here are some points that can’t go unaddressed:
[ “Revisionists”] advance the theory that the 800,000 Albanian refugees who fled their homes during Nato’s 79-day air campaign did so as they were frightened of the bombing rather than Serb military units.
From the Sunday Times of London on March 27, 1999:
Mirvei, a tall Albanian woman clutching her four-month-old baby, looked bewildered when asked if Serbian troops had driven her out. “There were no Serbs,” she said. “We were frightened of the bombs.”…Red Cross officials say many of the most recent arrivals [in Macedonia] intend to return to Kosovo as soon as the NATO bombardment stops.
From Chris Deliso’s The Coming Balkan Caliphate:
Perversely, the large-scale population displacement NATO was ostensibly acting to prevent began only after the bombs started falling.
From Andy Wilcoxson: NATO Bombing Caused Kosovo Exodus
From the UK Guardian: If This Man is a War Criminal, Where is all the Evidence?
From historian Jared Israel in an interview with the last Jew to leave Kosovo: How NATO used the Kosovo Verification Mission to Liaison with the KLA and Stage Albanian Flight
Back to the Bridiot:
I have many memories of Kosovo acquired during the time I spent reporting there between 1998 and 2000. Among the images of mass graves, burnt villages and swelling bodies that spring to mind is one of particular significance. In the fields outside the town of Istinic in southwestern Kosovo one summer day I watched some 40,000 Kosovans corralled together by rings of Serb police. The young, the old; man, woman, child, they stared in abject fear to the horizon where smoke from their villages, torched in a Serb purge from which they fled, gathered thickly in the skies. “Where is Europe? Where is America?” one refugee beseeched me.
After a day or two the Serb police pushed them back into the hinterland, driving them with stinging switches and robotic threats broadcast from tannoys mounted on the sides of armoured personnel carriers. These people had not fled from fear of Nato bombing.
The first Nato bomb was seven months away from falling. This was the summer of 1998.
I had to look up this object of his great British indignation. Turns out, Albanians were being DRIVEN FROM CAMPS - BACK HOME. Those Serbastards!
Thousands driven from camps - Associated Press (Emphasis added.)
ISTINIC, Yugoslavia - Thousands of ethnic Albanian refugees were driven from a squalid camp in western Kosovo on Saturday after Serb police in armored vehicles told them to leave the area immediately.
The refugees, who had numbered as many as 40,000 near Istinic until Friday, piled on tractors to attempt returns to their villages - many of which have been razed - or find other refugee pockets nearby.
Serb police cruised the area in an armored personnel carrier with a loudspeaker, telling refugees to immediately return to their homes. By day’s end, the pro-government Serb Media Center said all the refugees had left the Istinic encampment.
International observers still fear the refugees, who fled a nearby Serb offensive against Albanian separatists, are at risk. Their dispersal frustrated aid workers trying to feed them and treat the sick.
‘’The situation is very dire,’’ said Anthea Web of the World Health Program in Istinic, a village 45 miles west of Pristina, Kosovo’s capital. ‘’They are leaving Istinic but we are not quite certain where they are going.’’
Other pockets of trouble involving trapped or fleeing refugees were developing elsewhere in the secessionist Serbian province, wracked by a six-month war that shows no sign of ending.
Heavy fighting drove thousands of other ethnic Albanians from their villages in the Drenica region of northwestern Kosovo on Saturday, days after their cautious return to attempt resettling, ethnic Albanian sources said.
There has been no sign of a letup in the offensive by Serb security forces, who are trying to crush the rebel Kosovo Liberation Army. The KLA is fighting for independence for Kosovo, which is populated largely by ethnic Albanians.
So Loyd doesn’t even understand what he’s seeing, and doesn’t try to gain a context for it, two qualities that seem to be a requirement to be a mainstream reporter. To sum up, here is what he saw and heard: “We finished clearing the area of KLA. You can all go back now rather than pose for more ‘concentration camp’ photos by staying in the crowded, dirty camp.”
But apparently, having people in refugee camps is bad - and having them leave refugee camps is bad. It’s a lose-lose situation to be any Serbian government; all the international sympathy is reserved for the non-governmental combatants trying to destabilize what you govern.
At any rate, from the Loyd piece alone, we can know the worth of the “observations” of the Western journalists’ KLA-guided reporting (as all Kosovo reporting was in 1998-99, except in the case of the recently departed Eve-Ann Prentice), about villages that we know were KLA strongholds and therefore targeted by Yugoslav forces.
Now hold on to your seats for his depiction of the KLA:
The KLA were no angels. An everyman insurgent force (rather than a simple mafia entity as suggested by revisionists) comprising freedom fighters, intellectuals, peasants, nationalists, they also had a criminal element and their own human rights record was abysmal.
Yes, an everyman insurgent force composed of tribal clansmen, Marxists/Maoists, Islamists, hyper-nationalists and former Nazis operating on the blood code principle and committed to violence and whose opening salvo was bombing Serb refugee lines from the Bosnian war. (Subsequent attacks involved killing Serbian and Albanian police, as well as Albanians, Roma and Serbs who worked for the Yugoslav government - even if only as postmen). Tsk, tsk, KLA — clean up your “human rights record”. Back to Loyd:
But they [the KLA] reflected the majority population’s desire for independence…
Ah thank you: The KLA spoke for the majority of the Albanian population. And for those who spoke for themselves, well they’re not breathing anymore. Notice, however, that Loyd presumes to know that the KLA spoke for the majority. In fact, it’s not clear whether, at the time, it did. The truth is that we only got one perspective, since the West in classic form attached itself to, and propped up, the most radical elements of the region it was meddling in, only publicizing the KLA-approved quotes from Albanians. By now, of course, we’ve managed to convince every last Albanian that Albanians were in fact the victims. There are still some who know better and are hiding, since they live within the KLA’s grasp. In contrast, there is the Albanian diaspora living in the outside world, whose members do have more freedom to speak out. But like the Croatian diaspora who are the most zealous Ustashe, these free-world Albanians are the most rabid supporters of the KLA. Back to Loyd:
The current impasse seems solid. On one side Kosovo’s newly elected Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci, a former KLA member, is readying himself for a unilateral declaration of independence, backed by the US, Britain, France and most of the EU.
On the other Serbia’s nationalist Prime Minister, Vojislav Kostunica, backed by Russia, has made Kosovo’s status as part of Serbia a lead issue in Serb politics and has given warning of dire consequences should the EU recognise Kosovan independence.
KLA and Hashim Thaci: not nationalist. Vojislav Kostunica — the anti-Milosevic constitutional scholar who was part of the Western-installed government that got Milosevic kidnapped to the Hague and which alternately bribed and threatened with jail time a prosecution witness to give false testimony against Milosevic — that’s the nationalist. As I recently wrote, in the West, the word Serb doesn’t exist independently of the word “nationalist”. Illegal land-grabbing, on the other hand — whether Slovenian, Bosnian, Albanian or Croatian — because one doesn’t want to live as part of a multinational country but wants one’s own ethnically pure state where minorities have a lower set of rights: not nationalism. Not wanting to live under these nationalists? Nationalism.
In Kosovo itself, due to the absence of any reconciliation between the two ethnic groups since 1999, the minority Serb population exists in enclaves largely removed from the Albanians…
Code breaker: “absence of any reconciliation” = presence of many hand grenades (in Serb houses, abdomens, banks, churches etc…)
To close, here is just a guide to give us some bearings on the messy ideological breakup among Left and Right when it comes to the Balkans. It comes from a “road map to the current ideological morass” written by a Princeton professor named Gary J. Bass in an April, 1993 issue of The New Republic. According to him (and mostly confirmed by my own observations), positions on the Balkans broke down into the following categories, among others:
Liberal interventionists [the description of whom reads]:
The most prominent hawks these days are liberals. New York Times columnists Leslie Gelb and Anthony Lewis strongly favor military action agasint erbia, dragging the Times itself along behind them. Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen wants the West “to give the Serbs a swift kick to the groin.” both Cohen and Lewis compare ethnic cleansing to the Holocuast. (TNR [The New Republic] also falls into this category, and is now three-for-three in favor of post-cold war interventions: Iraq, Somalia and Bosnia.) [Indeed, TNR fully backed pummeling the Serbs again in Kosovo in 1999.]
Conservative interventionists [the description of whom reads]:
There’s a cluster of hawks on the right—cold warriors who, still fesity after taking out communism, have ammo left over for Milosevic. For hard-line anti-Serb rhetoric, Jeane Kirkpatrick is…in a class of her own. National Review…wants Clinton to arm the bosnians and suggests “we could ultimately institute a massive air campaign to cripple Serbia’s military and industrial capacity at home.” New York Times columnist William Safire is more wary but says, “We should be prepared to help pose a threat on the ground as well as in the air” to deter potential ethnic cleansers. [For fans of Jeane Kirkpatrick, please note that despite her general right-headedness on most matters, she — like many other conservatives — went retarded on the Balkans, buying into the joint media- and State Dept-issued narrative.
Right-wing pro-Coats [the description of whom, interestingly, starts with]:
Pat Buchanan, otherwise an America First isolationist…was an early advocate of U.S. recognition of Croatia and even of military intervention…
Ah yes. Isolationist Pat Buchanan made an exception for Croatia, which in the 1990s was openly pro-Ustasha, with Croatian soldiers “often pin[ning] rosaries to their uniforms along with Nazi swastikas or symbols of the Ustashe” (NY Times, Sept. 26, 1993). Croatian independence — the endorsement of which was more or less the first foreign policy move by a newly reunified Germany — Pat Buchanan made an exception to support. Enough said. By now, however, Buchanan is back to consistency and has his head screwed on a bit straighter as concerns the current Serbian crisis with Kosovo Albanians — appropriately seeing the Serbs as “hold[ing] their cradle province of Kosovo, as President Lincoln fought to hold onto the American South [while] America is supporting the severing of Kosovo from Serbia and creation of a new Islamic state in the Balkans.” Now if only he could see Palestinians as Muslim aggression against Jews instead of the other, twisted way around.
First commercial flight from Albania to land at [Ben-Gurion] Airport Thursday
The first commercial flight from Albania to Israel, operated by Israir, will land at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Thursday. The flight from Albania’s capital, Tirana, will carry 175 passengers, mainly business and communications people from the Muslim state. This is the first time Albania has allowed an Israeli airline to operate a commercial flight from its limits.
The FIRST time Albania has ALLOWED an Israeli airline to operate a commercial flight from its limits. Hmm, I wonder why this is the first time. Could it be that, after all, Albania isn’t all that different from those non-secular Muslim states? Sure sounds like it. One also wonders what’s so special about now. Could it be Albania’s striving toward EU membership (the quieter way for Islam to more deeply penetrate Europe, since that other Muslim state Turkey is having such a hard time)? Could the timing also relate to Albania’s need for support for an independent Kosovo?
Amazing. Yad Vashem has had on display for the past couple months a tribute to the handful of Albanians who saved a handful of Jews during the Holocaust — timed very specifically to eleventh-hour Kosovo independence talks and making its way to the UN this week — and all the while Albania was dissing Israel. (It’s all part of the current vogue that commemorates deadly discrimination against the Jews while practicing the current deadly discrimination against the Jews.) Ah, but as soon as Jewish help is needed, the dissing is suspended — and the Israelis bow in gratitude. “Thank you, Massa, for allowing us filthy Jews in.” Has anyone ever noticed how well the verb “use” rhymes with “Jews”? Back to the news item:
Israir’s commercial manager Shai Marina said that Israir had worked in conjunction with the Israeli embassy in Albania and various other sources to obtain the required security permits.
An additional flight is set to leave Albania in March and is expected to carry other tourist groups. Beginning May, Israir hopes to operate a standard direct line between the two states.
Heritage Tours owner Hanoch Segev said that some 5,000 Albanian tourists were expected to visit Israel in 2008. “We are talking about large tourism potential and I am excited that it is being actualized,” he said.
Yeah, that ain’t the only potential.
Albania in the last year has become a strategic tourist destination for Israel, as the two states work to strengthen their ties. The southeastern European state has some 3.5 million residents, 70 percent of them Sunni Muslims and 30 percent Christians.
Kosovo airlines are sure to follow soon, so stay tuned for direct flights by KLAir!
The eight Serbian houses in Northern Mitrovica that were attacked on the first or second day of the new year were struck within a few days of this interview given by a leader of the terror group Albanian National Army:
Kosovo Armed Group Issues Warning
27 December 2007 Pristina - A shadowy armed group in Kosovo, the Albanian National Army, is preparing for potential trouble in the Serb-inhabited north of the region after Kosovo’s expected declaration of independence, Balkan Insight can reveal.
In an exclusive interview for Balkan Insight, the group’s frontman, identified only as Arberi, said that his group, known by its initials as the ANA, was focusing its efforts on the ethnically-divided city of Mitrovica, and the rest of the northern part of Kosovo dominated by Serbs.
“We are worried that there will be fresh violence from the Serbian armed forces when Kosovo declares independence”, Arberi told Balkan Insight on Wednesday.
“…violence from the Serbian armed forces,” he said. Translation: Time to get rid of more Serbs.
He explained that his group of armed men stayed out of the glare of the public in recent months, as they were focusing on mobilisation and logistics, with an emphasis on northern Kosovo.
“We want to make sure that nothing happens to the Albanian population of this area when Kosovo’s parliament declares independence. We will be there to avoid any inter-ethnic clashes”, Arberi went on.
The guerrilla leader in his thirties said that KFOR troops of the NATO-led peacekeeping mission in Kosovo have shown they are not able to deal with violence.
“Look back to 2004 when KFOR soldiers locked themselves into their bases while Albanians and Serbs were killing each other”, he said referring to Kosovo’s worst bout of violence since the war in 1999.
He was sitting in a café with two other ANA members, all without their trademark balaclavas, and dressed in civilians clothes.
“They have not been able to defend their own commander”, he addes, referring to a much more recent incident.
KFOR commander Xavier Bout de Marnhac and Joachim Ruecker, head of the UN mission in Kosovo, UNMIK, were involved in a fracas when inhabitants of the Serb village of Gorazdevac assaulted their military escort at the beginning of December.
In that line, Balkan Insight’s Albanian reporter is lying to you. What happened was that there was fighting among the Serbs themselves, not between the Serbs and KFOR. Two Serbs who accepted posts in the Kosovo-Albanian government (Slobodan Petrovic and Slavko Dakic) took it upon themselves to represent the village of Gorazdevac even though the Serbian population had boycotted the elections. Those two people were attacked by the people from the village when they tried to have a meeting with KFOR. This was about Serbs attacking other Serbs whom they viewed as traitors –- not about Serbs attacking KFOR:
KOSOVO SERBS “INDIGNANT” AT UNMIK CHIEF’S ALLEGATION ABOUT GORAZDEVAC BRAWL
Text of report by Serbian wide-circulation tabloid Vecernje novosti, on 9 December
After the fight in Gorazdevac two days ago, which broke out during a visit by UNMIK chief Joachim Ruecker and Kfor Commander Xavier de Marnhac, passions in the village are still running high…Those involved in the clash told Vecernje Novosti yesterday that, after the incident, they were additionally indignant at Ruecker’s statement that the incident had been “orchestrated from Belgrade.”
“Nobody in the village had known that Ruecker and De Marnhac were coming until they came, except the two representatives from the office of the provisional Kosovo institutions, Slobodan Petrovic and Slavko Dakic. Well, then, how could they have known this in Belgrade, which is being accused by the civilian administration of orchestrating the conflict between allegedly two groups of Serbs?
“It is true that we reacted to the fact that the international community’s high representatives talked only to the two officials of the Kosovo institutions, who cannot represent our village in any way. The visit by the two [international] officials was obviously designed by the peace mission to serve a propaganda purpose, which we concluded also from the fact that they were followed by a busload of mostly Kosovo Albanian reporters,” Radojko Dunic, the coordinator for the Pec municipality, told Vecernje Novosti; Dunic was among those that sought help at the Medical Centre for an injury from a blow to his leg.
Whereas representatives of the international community and the Kosovo institutions claim that the conflict was provoked by Dunic and school Principal Slobodan Petrovic, who allegedly would not allow the UNMIK chief and the Kfor commander to address reporters outside the building in which they had had talks with the two Serbs, villagers tell a different story.
“The incident happened spontaneously, because people in Gorazdevac do not accept to be represented by people that are on the payroll of those that are working against their [the villagers’] interests,” most inhabitants of Gorazdevac insist.
Villagers say that yesterday they were informed that Serbian Minister for Kosovo-Metohija Slobodan Samardzic will be visiting Gorazdevac tomorrow; they say that it would be a good thing if Mr Ruecker came, too, so that they could explain to him that they did not “attack” him and that nobody had put them up to provoking the incident, but that they were indignant with their two fellow villagers, who arrogated to themselves the right to represent the village.
“Village representatives sent me to ask Ruecker and De Marnhac whether they intended to talk to them, too. When I approached the building where they were meeting with Dakic and Petrovic, the security people stopped me and, after a dispute, a policeman hit me on the head with a club,” school Principal Milivoje Zdravkovic, who sustained the most serious injuries in the conflict, says. “When the villagers saw me covered in blood, there was chaos and then a fight broke out. Only, the fight was not with the security people, but with the family and supporters of Petrovic and Dakic. I suffered mild concussion.”
Back to the Albanian terrorist:
The ANA, which is also known by its Albanian initials as AKSH, was labelled a terrorist organisation by UNMIK in 2003.
Members of the ANA have been seen in the territory periodically since the conflict ended in 1999. They have taken responsibility for several bomb attacks in Kosovo since then. However, the group shunned publicity for a time while an earlier phase of the internationally-mediated negotiations on Kosovo’s status was underway.
Shocking images of the ANA’s masked gunmen checking vehicles along one of Kosovo’s most frequented highways were broadcast in early October by Kosovo’s public TV station, RTK.
Since the internationally mediated negotiations over Kosovo’s final status ended with no concrete results in early December, the ethnic Albanian-dominated authorities in Kosovo are expected to declare independence in the next few months.
Many fear that such a declaration, which is expected to be recognised by the US and most of EU countries will be followed by a similar act from the Kosovo Serbs who will decide to proclaim the independence of northern Kosovo.
The ANA members say their mission is to protect Kosovo’s territorial integrity.
“If by any chance Kosovo gets de facto partitioned, we will do everything to unify and protect our territories,” said Arberi, who did not wish to disclose the number of his armed men or the weapons they possess.
“…to protect Kosovo’s territorial integrity,” he says. Pay close attention to that language. If there is still any doubt that NATO and Western governments act as mere extensions of terrorist aims and groups in the region, let it be dispelled:
North inalienable part of Kosovo, says Ruecker
30 December 2007 | 15:55 | Source: Tanjug
PRIŠTINA — UNMIK chief Joachim Ruecker says northern Kosovo “will not be allowed to separate.”
KFOR and UNMIK will not allow for the Serb-inhabited regions to “separate” from the province, the German diplomat told Priština-based Albanian language Zeri newspaper’s holiday edition.
Ruecker backed his comments by quoting from the principles of the Contact Group, “supported by UN Security Council”, which “clearly and unequivocally point out that there will be no partition of Kosovo.”
“UNMIK and KFOR, based on their respective mandates, are under obligation to make sure partition does not occur,” Ruecker told the paper…
And now let’s hear from Kosovo’s “president”:
Sejdiu: Kosovo partition would open Pandora’s Box
3 January 2008 | 16:05 | Source: FoNet, Beta
PRIŠTINA — If the international community allowed a partition of Kosovo it would open a Pandora’s Box, says Fatmir Sejdiu.
It would not just end with Kosovo, said the Kosovo president.
In the second half of an interview with today’s edition of Priština daily Koha Ditore, he stressed that partition would not only open the opportunity for Kosovo’s unification with Albania, but open the question of Albanian minorities in the three southern Serbian municipalities, as well as in Macedonia and Montenegro.
“We are for respect of borders. Kosovo has no pretensions towards the frontiers of others. Kosovo values its own internal stability as well as regional stability. Here, I’m referring above all to Macedonia, but to others too,” he pointed out.
Sejdiu doubted that the international community would allow such a series of events to take place.
Should Serbia “feel like a new conflict with Kosovo,” it would not just be up against Kosovo, but the whole world, “one powerful military mechanism – NATO,” predicted Sejdiu.
In case anyone is still looking for comedy in the Muslim world, we’ve found it in Greater Albania: Cutting Kosovo from Serbia is OK — and doesn’t set any precedents — but partitioning Kosovo will set a bad one. Got it.
As for Sejdiu’s comical statement that Kosovo has no ambitions for forming a Greater Albania with Macedonia and Montenegro and that not giving them all of Kosovo would foment precisely this outcome, that’s what one might call a double punch line. Getting Kosovo is and has always been a key step on the progression toward a Greater Albania, and Albanian leaders in Presevo Valley have already expressed interest in separating from Serbia to be part of an independent Kosovo. But here he’s saying: Give us Kosovo, or we will create a Greater Albania. As if the other option isn’t: Give us Kosovo, and we will create a Greater Albania.
And here we have KLA veterans saying that they in fact do see NATO and UN as their proxies:
Kosovo veterans say return of Serbian forces would mean war
Text of report by Kosovo Albanian newspaper Koha Ditore on 18 August
Prishtina, 17 August: …Requests of the Serbian officials for the return of the Serbian police and army to Kosova [sic], as provided for by the United Nations Resolution 1244, were met with strong reaction not only by the former UCK veterans but also by the Kosova [sic] government.
“Any return of Serbian forces to Kosova [sic] means war,” said Faik Fazliu, chairman of the UCK War Veterans Organization [OVLUCK], making it clear that the former UCK veterans are ready to respond with a war to a possible return of the Serbian army and police. According to him, any form of entry of uniformed Serb people to Kosova [sic] will mean the start of a new war.
The Serbs have based their demand for the return of their forces to Kosova [sic] on UN Security Council Resolution 1244, which provides for such a right, whereas the leader of the UCK veterans insists that the resolution is invalid.
“Resolution 1244 is dead for us. We have never recognized it,” Faik Fazliu said.
How convenient. Signing on to something one doesn’t recognize to begin with, by way of facilitating the next phase of one’s plan — no, that doesn’t sound Muslimy or Oslo-y at all. Meaningless signatures from the Muslim world. Not familiar at all.
Asked how the UCK veterans see the Kfor [NATO-led Kosovo Force] position if the latter insists on full implementation of Resolution 1244, and with it the return of the Serbian army and police, Fazliu said Kfor did not have a mandate to have Serbia return to Kosova [sic].
“We see Kfor as an ally of ours. They are here in the service of the Kosova [sic] citizens’ right to be free,” the UCK war veterans’ leader said.
Besides full implementation of Resolution 1244 [which allows for the return of up to 1,000 Serb police], the Serbs also base their request for the return of their forces on the need to protect the Serb minority in Kosova [sic]. Serbian state officials have alleged that members of the Serb minority in Kosova [sic] are seriously threatened in the conditions in which the resolution of Kosova’s [sic] status is delayed, which, according to them, could lead to riots and violence in which the Serbs in Kosova [sic] would suffer…
And here is a Presevo Valley Albanian reminding UN and NATO whom they’re working for:
3 December 2007 | 16:43 | Source: Beta
The presidency of [Presevo Valley’s] Democratic Party of Albanians (DPA) assessed today that the security in the region close to the administrative line with Kosovo is “unstable”.
A DPA statement, signed by party leader and Preševo mayor Ragmi Mustafa, calls on the international community, the OSCE, and the U.S. and UK embassies in Belgrade to “continue to monitor the region and use their authority to influence institutions with jurisdiction to maintain order and peace”.
“The worsening stability trends in the region are contributing to the concentration of Serbian security forces, ahead of the solving of the Kosovo status, considering that Kosovo events directly reflect on Preševo and Bujanovac,” the party says.
So let’s just make a mental note of how Albanians, when they’re not calling on the “occupiers” NATO and UN to “get out” at protests, they’re giving them a to-do list in advancing the Albanian cause. Here we had it again in October:
Muslim Albanian gunmen threaten Kosovo Serbs
An armed Albanian extremist group, Albanian National Army or ANA, has issued a warning to the international authorities who are governing Kosovo that unless Kosovo Serbs in the northern town of Mitrovica are not placed under Muslim Albanian domination by November 1, the group itself will attack the Serbs in order to place them under Muslim domination, says Albanian National Army’s political spokesman Gafurr Adili for a Kosovo Albanian newspaper Epoka e Re. [And recall that indeed Serbs in Northern Mitrovica were attacked this month.]
“If KFOR, UNMIK, KPS and KPC fail to take under administration the northern Kosovo by 1 November 2007, I am forced to warn them that ANA will do it,” Adili said.
Footage recently appeared on the Albanian-dominated Kosovo television showing masked armed Albanian gunmen patrolling areas of Kosovo. UN peace keepers have not found the armed group and it is unclear whether they are even looking for any of the gunmen.
ANA spokesman also said that the group is recruiting and organizing Islamic volunteers in the province “like never before”…Adili blamed Serbian police and army, who are not present in the province, for provoking a possible war…
A related letter from a reader:
I find it interesting that NATO and UNMIK will be forcefully securing Kosovo’s territorial integrity in the run-up to what has become the longest awaited least spontaneous declaration of independance ever. They are of course doing this to prevent a counter declaration of independence by Serbs in the north to “re” unite with rump Serbia. It is the same double standard that applied to Yugoslavia when Serbs living in Croatia and elsewhere declared independence from the breakaway republics, but then were not allowed to choose their successor state. Of course those were “Rebel” Serbs according to the Clintonistas and since they were guilty as a people of “fomenting the Balkan wars,” that meant that those rebels could be dealt with in a way so that there would be virtually no trace of their existence in those parts, to paraphrase Ustashe Franjo Tudjman. So after failing to secure the territorial integrity of Serbia per UN res. 1244, indeed taking an activist role in the dismemberment of Serbia, the West will now guarantee the territorial integrity of “Kosova”.
Returning to the incident with which I opened this post, the plan was explained to me by Serbianna’s Mickey Bozinovich:
For some time, Albanians have been trying to create an incident that will facilitate American attack on Serbs so that US forces would recruit Albanian ones to purge the remaining enclaves under auspicies of a “Security enforcement”. Ruecker was helpful when he called a few months ago for a “unified” Mitrovica, a codeword for depopulation of Serbs and placing them under “Kosovar” security which means expulsion.
Abu Bakr brigades are just south of Mitrovica, and presumably these al Qaeada troops were supposed to be used as the shock in initial stages. These troops are also scattered across Kosovo and they coexist with American troops because they presume Kosovo will go independent so that once independent, they can do some assaults (or activate plans for assaults).
I think Serbs do have reinforcements in Mitrovica and UNMIK failed to “disarm” the Serbs who really fear for life and are in no numeric advantage to distabilize Kosovo.
Strategically, Serbia has nothing to gain by instigating anything, because Albanians themselves are sufficient for that. If anything, there may be intra-Albanian purges because the thugs that are pulling the strings, the so-called heroin mafia associated with KLA, may take action against their own such as Ceku, unhappy with his ability to get independence.
There is a long history of inter-Albanian violence dating back to the 18th century and those spasms of violence are to be expected but also have caused tremendous pain to Serbs. Intra-Palestinian murdering going on now is a similar case, and such is more likely soon. A German study mentioned in the London Times predicted that.
And here’s the most recent set of threats on behalf of selective “territorial integrity”:
Kosovo terror group issues fresh threats
21 January 2008 | 17:23 | Source: B92, Tanjug
ANA members pose for photographers in November last year (FoNet, archive)
…A man in his thirties identified as Arberi, who claims to be the leader of ANA, explained, “while sipping tea in downtown Priština,” that they are “not fighting for pan-Albanian unification [pay no attention to our being Macedonia-based!], but to protect the territorial integrity of Kosovo if it is threatened.”
The group claims to have a “plan of action prepared in the event of an escalation of tensions in Kosovo.”
ANA leaders claim this can happen “only in the event of a partition of Kosovo, with Serbs getting the northern part of the province, or if there is no proclamation of independence in the more imminent future.”
“Unless Kosovo politicians proclaim independence by March this year, ANA has a Plan B — they will storm the institutions and proclaim independence instead of them,” the armed group’s members have announced.
The international peacekeeping force in Kosovo, KFOR, “does not consider the ANA organization its ally,” Gashi reveals, and adds that, “as does the Kosovo police, KFOR considers ANA a terrorist organization.”
A KFOR spokesman was quoted in the article as saying that KFOR will “resolutely respond to any attempts at undermining peace and security by any group or individual.”
On April 23, 2003, the so-called Albanian National Army, which reemerged last year, was branded a terrorist organization by then UNMIK chief in the province Michael Steiner.
The decision came after it was determined that the group was behind a bomb attack on a railway in a Serb part of the province on April 12, 2003, aimed at killing civilians.
The operation, which involved two members of the ANA and over 60 kilograms of explosives, destroyed the railway bridge linking Kosovo and Serbia proper. [It also involved two members of the Kosovo government’s “Protection” Corps.]
In the fall the same year, the United States Department of State announced that “the Albanian National Army (ANA) has not been designated a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).”
So even the UN designates terrorists as such, whereas the U.S. State Department prefers keeping its alliance options open. At least there was this, for a time:
In May 2003, however, President George Bush issued Executive Order 13304 to take “additional steps with respect to the continuing, widespread, and illicit actions in the Western Balkans.” …The order further prohibited U.S. nationals from engaging in most transactions or dealings with individuals and entities, including the Albanian National Army.
Hollywood Support for Serbia Grows (translated by Svetlana at Byzantine Sacred Art)
Carrying the information from Frankfurt daily News, RTS [Radio-TV Serbia] reported on Sunday that, after two among the most popular Hollywood stars, George Clooney and Sharon Stone, announced they will organize a protest against severing [the] province of Kosovo and Metohija from the rest of Serbia, they were joined by Richard Gere and the all-time favorite James Bond — Sir Sean Connery.
“In case Serbian officials and Russia do not succeed in preserving Kosovo, the celebrated Hollywood stars might. The world’s most famous stars will, most probably already next month, stand in defense of the southern Serbian province in Hollywood, the heart of [the] international movie industry: Sharon Stone, George Clooney, and also Richard Gere and Sir Sean Connery,” the Frankfurt daily News say[s].
And here we get to some very important observations by the actors:
The daily also notes that George Clooney, in an earlier interview, said that even though he avidly follows all the world’s events, he is given no opportunity to hear the Serbian side too, when it comes to solving the issue of Serbian province’s status.
That’s exactly right. One thing I noted repeatedly since the 1999 bombing is that, unlike every other war in recent memory — in which we hear incessantly from the enemy, as the media tries to engender sympathy by the American public for the enemy — we were given to hear very little from Serbs. This, instinctively to me, belied the Serbs’ “enemy” status. Simple proof: if the media always makes sure we hear abundantly from the enemy side, and we weren’t hearing from the enemy side in that war, ergo the Serbs were not an enemy. Back to the article:
“[The] Serbian lobby is very weak in United States and all one can hear or read comes from [pro-independence] Albanian lobby and lobbyists. I can’t hear the other side,” said Clooney.
Clooney nails it again. For all the talk of the “‘Serbian lobby”, and all the accusations that the tiny dissenting camp that includes me hear about our “buying” what the “Serbian lobby” is selling — and propagating Serbian “propaganda” (WHERE O WHERE is that propaganda — if only someone could point me in its direction) — somehow Clooney knows that it’s virtually non-existent. And somehow he also seems to know that the Albanian lobby has been in overdrive, and is driving our policy.
He revealed that Sharon Stone, his long-time friend, already spoke to many influential people in the U.S., in order to prevent the forced severing of a part of Serbia.
Among the first, she talked to Richard Gere who was campaigning for the independence of Tibet, but was not favorably disposed towards the Serbian side. Frankfurt News confirms that Gere will join the protest against Kosovo-Metohija amputation after all, because he became extremely suspicious of the intentions of Western powers, due to their overwhelming pressure and stubborn insistence to sever the province from the rest of Serbia.
“There must be something [else] about Kosovo, since they are so bent on seizing it,” Gere said.
The fact that Richard Gere has noted what can be described as an obsession by our government with Kosovo independence when the majority of the blogosphere — not to speak of the MSM — has not, is impressive. Every once in a while, suspicion and cynicism of the West pays off. After all, even a broken clock is right twice a day. And that’s what most actors are. Hopefully, one day Gere will learn enough about the Balkans that he will be terribly embarrassed about his role in the recent flop “The Hunting Party” (working title Spring Break in Bosnia). Sean Connery made a similar point to Gere’s:
The most popular James Bond of all times, Sir Sean Connery, reacted similarly. To him, the situation surrounding [the] Serbian province can also be viewed from the perspective of his native Scotland.
“During its history, Scotland has had far more grounds to be granted independence, but it was not allowed to secede. What could possibly be the difference between my homeland and Kosovo, to create such a precedent now?!”, asked the celebrated actor.
Meanwhile, PressOnline reported on Monday that more famous American movie stars will join the protests against dismemberment of Serbia.
“…Serbia is also supported by Tom Hanks, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro and Johnny Depp…”
Reportedly, Tom Hanks is among the fiercest opponents of severing of southern Serbian province. The famous star who is a direct descendant of Nancy Hanks, mother of the American president Abraham Lincoln, was recently baptized in the Eastern Orthodox Church, after marrying the actress Rita Wilson, who is of Greek decent.
The fact one of the Hollywood legends — Robert De Niro — has also joined the campaign in defense of southern Serbian province of Kosovo-Metohija hasn’t surprised the well-informed, especially after the celebrated master-actor publicly supported Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic: back when De Niro was an unknown American student, he traveled to Serbia and spent, according to his own words, memorable days among the Serbian farmers in a small village in Sumadija.
He named his daughter Drina, after his favorite novel “Bridge on Drina River” by the Serbian writer and Nobel Prize winner Ivo Andric. De Niro is known for his high regard for Serbian people, also reflected in his choice of staff mostly comprised of Serbs — from the nanny and gardeners, to horse-trainers and private security guards.
Well it’s certainly helpful to the Serbs that a Republican is in power — though not in the way they thought when Serbian-Americans voted for him. What I mean is that with Bush in power, a Hollywood person sure does feel a lot less conflicted about protesting an injustice. Unlike when we were actually dropping bombs on the Serbs during the Clinton administration. Also worth noting:
Bush: on the wrong side of jihad
Actors: on the right side