March 19th 2009 01:14:55 PM
While the WWII Albanians-Saving-Jews propaganda continues making its rounds to Jewish and conservative media to help get Israel to commit suicide by recognizing an independent Kosovo, let’s remember what former leader of Kosovo’s tiny Jewish community said in an interview in 2000, about 1990s Kosovo:
[Cedomir] Prlincevic: First of all, a large part of the ethnic Albanians wanted to return to the situation that existed a hundred years ago, under the Ottoman Empire, and again during World War II, when Kosovo was under Nazi- Albanian control. Most of the Albanian population had been won to this goal by the secessionist movement…And of course, many Albanians believed that during World War II the German Nazis had set Albanians free.
The Yugoslav constitution of 1974 didn’t help. It weakened the central government and thus encouraged those in Kosovo who wanted to return to the W.W. II regime when Albanian nationalists ruled Kosovo under the German Nazis and terrorized the Serbs, Roma [’Gypsies’] and Jews. After 1974 the abuses against Serbs and Roma increased. This was openly manifested during the ethnic Albanian riots in 1981.
These were race riots, with Serbs as the targets, both the Serbian clergy and ordinary Serbian citizens. After that the Americans entered the picture and magnified the secessionists’ political strength ten times over.