January 24th 2013 12:21:39 AM
One barely has time to keep up with the official insults and international dehumanizing of Serbs. Here I was finally going to get to the epilogue I’d been meaning to write to Madeleine Albright’s unhinged display in late October, when we learned of the UN’s apology last week for letting a Serbian choir sing for Orthodox New Year. While Gray Falcon has deftly handled all that — though I’ll do a post myself shortly — I did want to finally record my parting thought on the Albright tirade from three months ago. Particularly since there was a Nov. 14th update that, rather than let the “Disgusting Serbs” episode at the Prague bookstore drop into oblivion like every other instance of anti-Serb discrimination, the group of Czech activists who confronted her at the signing decided to sue Albright:
Pro-Serbia Activists File Criminal Complaint Against Albright (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Nov. 14)
After a video emerged in October showing former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright calling a group of pro-Serbian activists “disgusting Serbs,” the group has now filed a criminal complaint against her for spreading ethnic hatred.
A Czech film director and member of the civic group Friends of Serbs in Kosovo, Vaclav Dvorak, filed the complaint on behalf of the group… “Any ethnic hatred coming from the mouth of a former high-ranking politician, who was involved in the NATO intervention in the Balkan conflict, we perceive as an expression of cynicism and disrespect to all the victims.”
[Ethnic hatred from a high-ranking official involved in the bombing also helps explain the bombing: “Western intervention in the Balkans was not driven only by considerations of power and geopolitics, but also a straightforward feeling of hatred and malice against the Serbs, evident from the number of high-ranking officials who at the time, or since, have revealed themselves to harbor such feelings…[T]he xenophobic attitudes toward the Serbs determined what the intervention could get away with…Thomas Friedman of the New York Times could openly, and without repercussions for his reputation, demand the bombing be conducted in a less surgical manner so as to kill a greater number of non-combatants, and his counterpart at the Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer could hail Serbian civilian deaths…This brings us to [an] interesting contrast. While the claim the Serbian leader, Slobodan Milošević was a racist demagogue has been repeated so many times it is just taken as a given, no one has ever produced a quote of his where he would discredit himself as a chauvinist in the manner of Holbrooke, Biden or Albright.]
Led by Dvorak, the activists primarily protested her role in the U.S.-led bombing of Yugoslavia and her interest in Kosovo’s state-owned telecom and postal company. In September, “Bloomberg Businessweek” estimated the telecom deal could be worth as much as $753 million.
However Albright is not the only former U.S diplomat to have business interests in the postwar Balkans. In June, the Austrian financial daily “WirtschaftsBlatt” reported that Wesley Clark, who served as NATO commander in Kosovo from 1997 to 2000, has expressed interest in a business deal involving the conversion of lignite to liquid fuel. According to the report by “WirtschaftsBlatt,” Clark’s Canadian energy company, Envidity, is prepared to invest $5.6 billion in the project over the next six years if it receives a license. The company has filed a request with Kosovo’s authorities but has yet to receive permission to explore the country’s coal reserves.
Lignite is one of Kosovo’s most profitable natural resources. Europe’s smallest state is the world’s fifth-largest producer of lignite. Lignite also makes up 97 percent of the total electricity generation in Kosovo.
A mini compilation on the Western profiteers of the Serbs’ doom, to come in the months ahead. But in the meantime I need to also credit Albright herself for giving the October anti-Serb incident more “legs” as a story — that is, a few weeks of staying power when even Kosovo stories like Ft. Dix and the March 2011 shooting of U.S. servicemen in Frankfurt, and even the would-be Tampa bomber — couldn’t stay in headlines for more than 48 hours. The bookstore incident could have been yet another Kosovo-oriented event that passed without notice, but Albright just couldn’t help herself — and had to throw in that phrase “disgusting Serbs,” to add to her repertoire which includes calling Serbs animals. (At a speech she gave in the 90s in front of the UN in New York, a friend of Professor Michael Pravica yelled in Serbian, “Why do you treat us like animals?” To which she replied in perfect Serbian, “Because you ARE animals.”)
What makes the Serbs-as-animals defilement more interesting, however, is the persistent rumor that Kosovo’s prime minister, Hashim Thaci, was sleeping with Albright when he was head of the KLA in 1998-99. While this remains a rumor, it should be noted that when the rumor resurfaced in 2008, a former NSA analyst said he asked Albright’s special assistant if there was any truth to it. Instead of answering, “Ewwww, of course not you freak!” she replied, “Uh, I don’t think we should talk about that.”
Now, if you consider that Thaci, the chief Serb-butcher, is part Serb himself (he had a Serbian-Orthodox grandfather), this means that Madeleine Albright may have had sex with an animal.
Continuing with the animal theme, below is an excerpt from the Crappytown blog from September. It caught a Scottish broadsheet, The Herald, with this sentence about the manager of the Serbian national football team:
“SUCH is the reputation of Sinisa Mihajlovic that one could forgive the SFA [Scottish Football Association] if bars are being hastily erected around the technical area at Hampden in deference to the imminent arrival of the Serbia coach.”
Yepp, you read that right. A serious, “quality” [UK] paper has no problem suggesting it would be fine to cage their guests from Serbia when they come over to take part in a sporting event. You may think suggesting some people may be treated with as with apes would be just a tiny-bit politically incorrect in 2012, but if some people happen to be Serbian, you would evidently be wide off the mark.
(The quote is [an abstract for] a poor background article on the manager of the Serbian national football team published in the build up to the football match between the national selections of Scotland and Serbia that was held yesterday in Glasgow. The Scottish Football Association showed more class than that and despite the indulgence granted by The Herald treated their guests with hospitality and dignity, not enclosing their opposition’s manager with a cage.)
The slogan of the blog, explaining its name, is: “Let’s go to the crappy town, where I am a hero.” Unfortunately, the crappy town where Albright is a hero is the world.
I also wanted to let people know that Washington Examiner was good enough to publish a shortened version of my letter on the Albright outburst and their coverage of it:
Thank you for noticing former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s Serb Derangement Syndrome, which was on display at the book signing in Prague (“Albright Raps ‘Disgusting Serbs,’” Nov. 1). Her wrath was directed at a group of Czech “Friends of Kosovo Serbs,” who dared to interrupt her hero fantasy. The incident is one of many illustrations of the anything-goes policy that applies exclusively to anti-Serb bigotry. Bigotry that is never called by its name because, gee, Serbs deserve whatever they get. That’s why a former stateswoman feels comfortable publicly shouting, “Disgusting Serbs!” — no less at Czechs.
I was disheartened, however, that even in The Examiner’s coverage, the last word predictably went to Albright’s aide, who naturally repeated the debunked propaganda that the activists were faulting Albright for stopping ethnic cleansing. (As early as December 1999, journalist Daniel Pearl — to name just one — found this wasn’t the case.) As well, the harmless word “feisty” was used to describe Albright’s reaction. It all seems to underscore the non-partisan approach to things Balkans-related, where everyone is on the same wrong page. This has a lot to do with American lack of knowledge about the region.
Examiner was supposed to be different, and not buying into or peddling MSM propaganda. But the exception to the rule, as always, seems to be the Former Yugoslavia. What Albright is, is a lot darker than “feisty,” something half the country once knew. The half of the country — and of Congress — that correctly opposed violently mad Albright’s War.
Another part of the epilogue to the Albright outburst is that soon after, I heard from a member of the Czech group, named Karel, who related to me that they received a telephone threat:
A few days after the incident, one of my colleagues, P. K. (whose phone number is available on our website), received a threatening phone call from an unknown very good German-speaking caller. He was very upset by our website, he accused us of spreading pro-Serbian propaganda and said: I kriege Dich! (I will get you!)
Whoever he was, the cell phone number belongs to a German company Car-Comfort…. The manager of this company is - what a surprise! - an Albanian Fatmir Haskaj from Peć/Pejë (Kosovo).
He just likes to talk on the phone (see his photo):
I appreciated hearing from Karel, but did not hear back after expressing my disappointment with Dvorak’s accessory choice (the Arab solidarity scarf made famous by the father of modern terrorism, Yasser Arafat). That was what my previous coverage of the Albright signing focused on, as the main point was well handled elsewhere. The only reason I’m beating that dead horse now is that in my last blog on the subject, I quoted a comment poster on the Gray Falcon blog, named “Friend from Prague,” who wrote, “…Kosovo Serbs sometimes compare their own situation with that of Palestinians in the occupied territories. Of course, this does not mean that the Serbs in Kosovo are somehow pro-Islamic, antisemitic, etc. I think the same applies to Dvořák. Gorin’s reaction have severely disappointed me.”
I responded to the comment taking at face value the accuracy of the commenter’s assessment that Kosovo Serbs see their situation as similar to the Palestinians, and said I was devastated to hear that, then explained what’s wrong with it. However, I soon heard from reader Alex T. from Stockholm, who took issue with that characterization of the Kosovo Serb view, and so I wanted to post his email here for the record:
Have been a loyal reader of yours for over a decade now. This is the first time i have ever written to you. I felt the need to do so out of shame. I am ashamed of my fellow Serbs for not noticing the scarf thing on their own and that they need it explained to them. I will say, though, that the phenomenon of Kosovo Serbs supporting Palestinians simply isn’t true. I have met many refugees from there and i can tell you that they pay little if any attention to the middle east. What happened was probably that some desperate Serbs were fishing for any kind of sympathy and tried to get it by equating themselves with the outside world’s favourite “victims”. I am happy to tell you that the vast majority of Kosovo Serbs have too much pride to fish for anything, but a few slip ups can’t be helped considering their desperate situation. Also, in the Serb Republic where i lived for 2 years, i can proudly tell you that Israel, and especially Liberman, are considered to be all but honorary Serbs at this point…
Ending now with just a childish observation about Madeleine Albright’s last name. One might put this in the category of “Obama-Biden” sounding like “Osama bin Laden” (as several on the Right pointed out in 2008), or the fact that if you turn “Hitler” into an adjective, you get Hitlery, which sounds a lot like Hillary. Not exactly empty observations, really. And neither is this about Albright’s name: The first three letters just happen to be: A… L … B …