January 08th 2013 08:58:43 PM
I only just stumbled onto this hilarious August 2011 admonishment by NATO to its Kosovo Frankenstein monster, about overstepping the mandate of that “civilian emergency force” we let them set up:
A NATO spokesman in Kosovo says the military alliance is urging local authorities not to give policing duties to the country’s civil emergency force made up of former rebels.
Cpt. Hans Wichter, the spokesman for the force known as KFOR said the organisation is monitoring Kosovo authorities’ move to give the Kosovo Security Force, or KSF, rights to detain suspects and deploy troops to control riots and demonstrations.
Wichter said the role of the 3,000-strong, lightly armed NATO-trained force is to help in humanitarian and natural emergencies and “not riot control and policing.”
The top KSF official, Agim Ceku, said Wednesday a joint memorandum with the Interior Ministry would be presented to NATO before any decision is made.
Good luck with that, NATO.
As with every other Western promise to Serbia about its enemies’ side of the bargain: The latter won’t be allowed to do this or that, until they do it anyway and so it’s allowed.
And while January 2012 would have been a better time for Quote of the Year for 2011, I only just saw it now:
“There [are] no mono-ethnic states in the region…”
– albeu.com, June 7, 2011, quoting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Countryman at the Journalists National Club in Washington, where he also restated that Kosovo’s borders are a closed issue and Kosovo is absolutely, irreversibly independent.
And he does mean this Kosovo:
When NATO occupied Kosovo in 1999, hundreds of thousands of Serbs – as well as Roma, Turks and Gorani (a Muslim minority that speaks Serbian) – were forced out of the province. This was cavalierly dismissed as “revenge attacks” by the same Western media that cranked out NATO propaganda during the war without a shred of shame. The 2004 pogrom targeted the few that dared return, and expelled thousands more. Even today, Serbs living in enclaves surrounded by barbed wire and NATO guards are pressured to leave when their villages lose power or water supply for days and even weeks. No Serbs remain in several major cities, like Prizren. Gorani are denied access to schools unless they agree to speak Albanian.
…[T]his is “multiethnic democracy,” and “tolerance” and “progress,” and “freedom.”
– Nebojsa Malic, March 2009
“Now that Serbs are a marginal minority in Kosovo, international community says that we must build a multiethnic Kosovo.”
– President of Bosnia’s Serb Republic, Milorad Dodik, Jan. 2013