September 12th 2007 04:11:46 PM
On November 28, 2006, angry Albanian protesters in Kosovo’s capital, Pristina, clashed with police and hurled red paint at the buildings housing the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) offices. Led by an activist group called Vetevendosje (”Self-Determination”), the protest was the most serious of several that had been held periodically for over a year against the UN interim government by Albanians demanding immediate independence and no negotiations with Serbia. Police had to use tear gas to disperse the 3,000-strong mob, which breached concrete barricades leading to the building. A day earlier, UN authorities had disclosed that “credible threats” against the leaders of the UN mission had been made by unknown parties. The international administration that had been greeted with cheers when it took the place of the Yugoslav government of Slobodan Milosevic in July 1999 had, predictably enough, worn out its welcome with the locals.
Note the amount of fezes in this crowd of “secular” Balkan Muslims.
As winter turned into spring, ominous reports of black-uniformed Albanian paramilitaries returning to action in rural Kosovo set the stage for what might be a renewed battle for control of the province — with NATO peace-keepers and UN officials directly in the line of fire.
How about that? Another writer making the point that my American Legion article made — my intentions mistaken by some to have been about needlessly scaring troops’ families. A few sentences later, the other point of the article appears to be supported:
According to the estimates of an experienced high official from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Kosovo, the remaining 150,000 Serbs “will all be gone after ten years.”
And, of course, who can forget the first post-intervention Flag Day in Kosovo. From Hiding Genocide in Kosovo:
On Nov 28 1999, the national day of Albania, the local ethnic Albanians celebrated by rampaging through the village in full view of KFOR troops stationed there. They drove repeatedly around the streets, flying the flag of Albania, stoning houses and threatening to kill all the Serbs of Cernica… “The Serbs silently watched from their houses, scared for their lives.”
Imagine the celebrations when Kosovo has its own Independence Day!