In honor of the one-year anniversary of Kosovo’s non-independence this week, I’m posting a particularly hilarious item that appeared about a week before the unilateral declaration of independence. Apparently, just days before the land theft by Albanians and the international community was to be made “official”, there was an exhibit in Belgrade of art work by Kosovo-Albanian artists who, among other things, were honoring one of the terrorists that wrested the province from the Serbs. To the great indignation of enlightened Serbs hosting this event, and of the media that made sure to report this, the exhibition was — believe it or not — disrupted. By the only Serbs who would deign to object. Actual nationalists:

Kosovo art show in Belgrade cancelled after attack Thu Feb 7, 2008

BELGRADE, Feb 7 (Reuters) - An exhibition of works by Kosovo Albanian artists in Belgrade was shut down on Thursday after a group of Serb nationalists protesting against Kosovo’s independence aspirations attacked the gallery on opening night.

The men from the radical fringe group Obraz (Pride) burst into the gallery hosting the “Exception” art show, tore one painting from the wall and scuffled with patrons and security before getting thrown out.

“They came inside with the guests, then started protesting,” said Ljubica Beljanski Ristic of the gallery. “For security reasons we have decided to close down the exhibition.”

A Reuters witness on the scene said police had cordoned off the area in a central part of the capital.

The exhibition featured video installations and photography by 11 artists who started their career after 1999, when NATO bombed Serbia and expelled its troops from Kosovo….

Serb extremists disrupt Kosovo Albanian art exhibition, Feb 7, 2008

BELGRADE (AFP) — Some 100 Serbian ultra-nationalists disrupted Thursday a Kosovo Albanian art exhibition in Belgrade, forcing organisers to cancel the event that was intended to bring the two ethnic groups closer.

The exhibition was called off soon after it opened when some 100 riot police prevented the extremists from breaking into the gallery, said an AFP photographer at the scene.

One of the protesters did, however, manage to reach the exhibition and tear up a placard of late Kosovo Albanian guerrilla leader Adem Jashari depicted as a pop icon along with late US rock legend Elvis Presley.

Jashari — killed by Serb forces at the beginning of the 1998-1999 conflict in Kosovo — is regarded by ethnic Albanians as a martyr for independence.

A Kosovo Serb painter, Zoran Calija, protested the opening of the exhibition, insulting the artists and organizers and threatening them with a stone, Tanjug news agency reported.

Acting on police advice, the organisers decided to cancel the exhibition of artwork by 11 young ethnic Albanians from the Kosovo capital Pristina, Ljubica Beljanski Ristic told the news agency.

The controversial exhibition was previously held in the northern Serbian city of Novi Sad, triggering angry reactions, but no incidents, Tanjug said.

The exhibition was opened amid a severe political crisis in Serbia linked to the imminent independence of its disputed province of Kosovo.

Leaders of the southern province’s 90-percent ethnic Albanian majority plan to make a declaration of independence within the coming days or weeks.

Only the Serbs or Israelis would host cultural festivities for the culture displacing them the very month that the displacement is occurring. Imagine an art show honoring a Palestinian suicide bomber taking place in Tel-Aviv, protected by Israeli authorities, the very month that the Palestinians are to declare that Jerusalem is all theirs.

Meanwhile, let’s count the number of Serbian art shows taking place in Kosovo under Albanian protection over the past nine years, even at the province’s quietest times.

Anyway, it’s a good thing that Reuters and AFP were on the case last February, catching footage of Serbs tearing down an Albanian’s painting of a revered terrorist and setting fire to the U.S. embassy. Such acts are certainly more inflammatory than images of headless monks in Kosovo or grannies swinging from trees by the neck or murdered in their bathtubs.

This time last year, a silly newspaper called the Seattle Times ran an editorial that stated — like so many other editorials written by people who never before glanced in the direction of Kosovo — that “Europe must confront a thug,” concluding, “The harsh lesson of modern times is the importance of a fast response to Serb aggression.”

Because it’s easier than responding to Muslim aggression, which started the Kosovo and Bosnia wars.