Just a typical snapshot of the new, “free”, “multi-ethnic” Kosovo, and the graciousness that Albanians have been displaying for the past decade since winning . . . . everything.

Kosovo: Orthodox worshipers attacked
3 October 2010 | 19:34 | Source: B92

PEĆ — As yet unidentified attackers threw stones at a convoy of buses carrying Orthodox Serb worshipers near the town of Peć in Kosovo.


The yard of the Patriarchate today (Beta)

The Serbs were returning from the ceremony of Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Patriarch Irinej’s enthronement at the seat of the Church in the Patriarchate of Peć.

The buses that were damaged were from towns in Serbia and Montenegro. No one was reported injured.

Kosovo police, KPS, said it had three suspects under arrest.

Indeed in the past couple of years they finally started to arrest Albanians here and there for this standard fare.

…Worshipers arrived in Peć from many cities, including those in Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and its Serb entity RS.

Some Serbs from Peć, exiled from their homes in the town a decade ago, were also among the several thousand people who crowded the yard of the monastery where the ceremony took place.

Our reporter says that in the morning, there were “almost no (ethnic) Albanians in the streets of the town’s quarter”. KPS secured the access roads, while NATO-led troops, KFOR, provided security for the Patriarchate complex itself.

But offensive posters were put up along one of the streets leading to the monastery, depicting Patriarch Irinej, and reading, “War criminal”, and, “Go to Hell”. KFOR soldiers were seen removing the posters. [That’s also a relatively new considerateness.]

In two separate incidents, the leaders of opposition parties SNS and NS, Tomislav Nikolić and Velimir Ilić, who said they intended to attend the ceremony in Peć as private citizens, were denied entry into the province earlier today.

In other words, these two Serbs were disallowed entry into a province within the internationally recognized borders of their country of citizenship. Disallowed from attending their people’s biggest religious event, in the birth place of their nation and religion.

You think this won’t also be happening to Christians here soon?

A general email from reader Dragan in France summed it up:

The small town of Pec in Kosovo, was during centuries a sort of Serbian Vatican where Christian Patriarchs were enthroned.

It was a custom that royalties and noblesse participate to the enthronement, except during the period of the communist Croat[-Slovene] dictator Josip Broz Tito.

The newly elected Patriarch, HHS Irinej, was to be enthroned in the same traditional way in the basilica of Pec. Many members of the actual Serbian government were invited, but the new Albanian Kosovo government forbade them to participate to the ceremony. What could those intolerant measures be called?

Like if Italy or any other country forbade Christians to go to Vatican to see the Pope and pray together with him. By involving the Serbian Christian church into political tensions, the government of Albanian Hashim Thaci, openly shows the high degree of intolerance and the aggressive politics. That openly shows what could be the future life of remaining Serbs in that province.

What was not accepted from Serbia is accepted from Albanians. While imposing “international law” to Serbia, the very same laws are sparing Albanian government under different excuses.

Irinej is replacing Patriarch Pavle, who died in November at 95. In 1989, when the soon-to-be-enthroned Bishop Pavle was a 75-year-old man, Albanians beat him up. But according to his Nov. 16th obituary in the Los Angeles Times, he was the nationalist. To which author William Dorich of Los Angeles responded with a duly unpublished letter:

LA Times Demonizes Patriarch Pavle

Dear Editor:

…Reducing the Patriarch to a political opportunist is beyond the pale…The Patriarch was the Bishop of Kosovo for two decades. In 1989, a gang of Albanian teenagers led animals into the bishop’s church to defecate on the alter. They scribbled filthy Albanian words over the 13th century frescoes then proceeded to nearly beat the bishop to death. He was 75 years-old and remained in intensive care for 3 months nearly dying of his wounds. Shockingly you omitted this Albanian violence from this obituary but utilized the space to call this holy man a Serbian “nationalist.” Have you no shame?

When Communist dictator Tito granted Albanian “autonomy” in 197[4], three Serbian churches and a monastery went up in smoke. Over 140,000 Serbs were forced to leave Kosovo. Albanian authorities removed all Serbian books from schools and libraries and burned over 2 million volumes including numerous priceless 12th and 13th century manuscripts.

In 2004 during 4 days of Albanian violence, 32 Serbian Christian churches were razed along with the burning of [800] Serbian homes, right under the noses of 17,000 NATO troops, yet you place the blame for “ethnic wars” at the feet of this Patriarch. More than 90% of the Serbs in Kosovo have been ethnically cleansed. Your newspaper continues to omit the fact that 40% of the Albanians in Kosovo are illegal aliens who cross the border from Albania into Kosovo as easily as Mexicans who cross our border each night in San Diego.

…Is your editorial department proud of such unbridled bigotry? Your obituary ignores more than one million Orthodox Christians in Los Angeles including 150,000 Serbs in Southern California…The freedom you denied the Serbian people for the entire decade of the 1990s when the Los Angeles Times, like the New York Times, refused to publish one single article written by a Serbian journalist, author, scholar or political leader during these dismemberment Civil Wars in the Balkans…

When Patriarch Pavle visited Los Angeles in 1992, the first visit of a Serbian Orthodox Patriarch to this country and this city you gave him 62 words on page 11. Your staff ignored every invitation to interview this spiritual leader and to attend our Sunday High Liturgy at St. Steven Serbian Cathedral in Alhambra. You preferred to punish the Serbs in this community with collective guilt. This obituary is a disgraceful display of your continued demonization. When will your editorial hatred be enough?

As the Serbianna website added at the time, the obituary “does not mention decades of anti-Serb pogroms in Kosovo but notes that Serbian leader Milosevic was cracking down on the ethnic Albanians.” Also missing from the obituary — or omituary in this case — was any mention of the more recent March 2004 riots in which “a massive and organized pogrom of ethnic Serbs was initiated by the ethnic Albanian separatists in Kosovo and Serbian churches were a particular target for the Albanian Muslims.”

But why get bogged down with details when it’s so much easier to keep track of Serbianationalism — real or imagined — than the bottomless, infinite, deadly, sadistic Albanian nationalism?

Is it any wonder that their flag, which they brandish obsessively — almost like a weapon — is darkness over spilled blood?