I recently blogged about the enthronement ceremony of the new Serbian patriarch Bishop Irinej. Here are some tidbits that English-language media neglected to include in covering the day’s events. From a partial translation by reader Danny:


…At one point in the center of Pec, on a stretch of 300 meters, the nuns noticed that there were no police officers. Then they saw a group of fifteen men, aged about thirty years old, standing at the edge of the sidewalk, holding stones.

The van with the nuns from Zica and the broken window stopped only after a few miles when the driver ran into a police patrol.

“We reported the stoning, and they extremely cynically asked us, ‘Why didn’t you immediately stop and wait for an investigation.’” […]

I also missed this AP report, which had the following two paragraphs:

Some 10,000 ethnic Albanians, mostly civilians, were killed during the 1998-99 Kosovo war as Serb forces launched a crackdown on the separatist guerrilla force, the Kosovo Liberation Army. Hundreds of Serbs were killed in retaliation attacks after the war, their houses and property burned.

Pec was one of the hardest-hit areas and the ceremony has troubled ethnic Albanians.

“This makes no sense,” Jakup Zeka, an ethnic Albanian, told The Associated Press. “The same people that have massacred us are coming back. This is intolerable.”

The “10,000″ figure — the favorite post-conflict inflated number after the pre-conflict inflated number of “100,000,” courtesy of Bill Clinton — in reality is of course closer to 5,000 on both sides. And so that you don’t think that the Serbs were truly targeting the Albanian terrorists, she’s assuring you these were “mostly civilians.” Never mind that the only significant Albanian civilian deaths started only once NATO started lobbing bombs at civilians and civilian infrastructure.

She also uses the favored “retaliation attacks” phrase, so that you forget these attacks were actually a continuation of the modus operandi and goals of Kosovo Albanians all along. She may be an AP reporter, but she’s an Albanian first, as is this Jekup Zeka she interviewed, who is still as confused as any Albanian about who was massacring whom. His indignation over a church event is particularly interesting, given that the churches and monasteries were what sheltered Albanians and Serbs from the KLA-driven war and NATO bombs. Their bishops were also early and vocal critics of Slobodan Milosevic, so to view these monasteries as symbols of 1990s “Serbian repression” is disingenuous, to say the least.

Naturally, in their Albanian gratitude the Kosovo residents hung posters of the new patriarch with a pitchfork in his hand, telling him to go to hell. The posters can be seen in this short video.