March 04th 2013 03:25:59 AM
A lesson in State Dept. Kosovo Propaganda 101. In case you missed it the first time — or the thousandth — along comes a nascent pupil of the official Kosovo narrative, named Liam Hoare, writing for the clueless Atlantic, with a piece that reads like a grade-level memorization exercise on Kosovo. It would be unbelievable if it weren’t so typical:
Why Kosovo Still Matters (The Atlantic Feb. 20)
Liam Hoare, a freelance writer specializing in foreign affairs, has written for The Forward and The Jewish Chronicle.
…Atifete Jahjaga — the former Deputy General Director of the Police of Kosovo — is the country’s first female President, elected by the Parliament in April 2011 as a consensus candidate supported by the center-left Democratic Party, center-right Democratic League, and centrist New Kosovo Alliance. President Jahjaga is Western-educated, a speaker of three languages (including Serbian), and a Muslim with a secular appearance. Politically, she is very much pro-American and in favor of European Union membership. President Jahjaga is wholly representative of the sort of nation the Kosovar resistance movement stood for and international involvement has helped to foster.
Because little Liam has no idea that the lady president was forced on the KLA men of the Kosovo “government” by Daddy Washington’s diktat. Indeed, his flatulent brain doesn’t even know that what the “Kosovar resistance movement” — which started out as a purely criminal outfit — “stood for” (ha ha ha!) was heroin and additional land (it was a turf war), which the lawfulness of being attached to Yugoslavia was getting in the way of. But let’s not interrupt Liam’s recitation:
NATO military intervention helped to secure Kosovo, and a continued international presence in the form of KFOR, UNMIK, and EULEX has aided the creation of a secular, pluralistic, democratic, and unabashedly pro-Western constitutional republic with a majority Muslim population.
Especially for someone who’s clearly been living under a rock for the past 14 years as Albanians — oh, sorry — “Kosovars” show their commitment to pluralism, democracy (oh my), and respect for their internationally crafted constitution. In fact, he could have been living under a rock all the way up until the month he wrote this, and still figured things out as Albanians marked five years of independence by destroying what’s left of the Serbian graves in Kosovo. How does one write in a vacuum? Where does one learn that skill? I’m desperately jealous. Maybe if I were this oblivious, I could get published in The Atlantic too.
But let’s not interrupt this pupil of 14-year-old Foggy Bottom memorandums and NATO press releases. (Disproving links under his text were added by me):
…The rape and ethnic cleansing of Kosovo had meant the deaths of several thousand Kosovar Albanians, as well as the organized and systematic rape [???] of women, the forced deportation or displacement of over 90 percent of Kosovars, and the physical destruction of property, including the flattening of entire villages [by whom?]. The sole aim of Milošević’s campaign [and this guy would know!] was to rid Kosovo entire[ly] of its Albanian identity, secure the territory as part of Greater Serbia [? ? ? ?], and, as a consequence, re-secure his bloody and absolute control of his country.
(As for rape, Mr. Hoare should check out page 5 of this only slightly less confused Vanity Fair story, to see which side was encouraging — and engaging in — systematic rape. And here’s one in the NY Times from 1987 that gives a clearer picture of which side was more guilty of raping which. As well, the real ethnic cleansing is all here.)
Kosovo was left without proper institutions of governance and administration. In the winter of 1999, swathes of Kosovo were essentially lawless, with the Albanian mafia filling the void in many towns. [Not like the Albanian mafia that formed the KLA in the first place and now runs the place.] Timothy Garton Ash reported at the time that young women were afraid to go out at night for fear of being kidnapped and sold into prostitution. Murders, including execution-style inter-ethnic revenge killings were up [he’s still on that word, even as the rest of the MSM has finally figured out it doesn’t wash anymore]….
Indeed, Kosovo and its people are still attempting to repair, rebuild, and resolve these issues. The River Ibar, which runs through Mitrovica, remains a wound unhealed, a representation of the division between Kosovars to the south of the river who seek independence and Serbs in the north who wish for Kosovo rejoin [sic] the mother country. While relations between Pristina and smaller Serb communities have improved, Mitrovica’s Serbs have their own Assembly and a Civil Protection Force funded by Belgrade. They have also erected barricades to obstruct KFOR and the police’s access to their turf.
CUE the U.S.-policy-consistent “Serbs are the problem in the north so we should deliver that too” solution:
Kosovo will be stunted until this ethnic division is resolved….Although the International Civilian Office voted to conclude “supervised independence” last year, Kosovo’s young institutions have struggled to get a handle on corruption and the organized crime racket. Indeed, its leaders have previously been implicated in both, with a report from the Council of Europe in December 2010 alleging that officials up to and including Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi were involved in the trafficking of human organs.
FLASHBACK: “President Jahjaga is wholly representative of the sort of nation the Kosovar resistance movement stood for and international involvement has helped to foster.” Wasn’t the leader of that ‘resistance movement’…uh…Hashim Thaci?
…The legal code — complex by virtue of the incorporation of edicts of the former Yugoslavia, UNMIK Regulations, and the Kosovo Assembly — as well as multiple ownership claims on properties are “obstacles to foreign direct investment,” the Heritage Foundation asserts…
Well isn’t that a nice way of putting it: “multiple ownership claims on properties,” as opposed to saying what it is: the Serbs who owned property in Kosovo were bought or beaten out, and the Albanians simply took it. Hence the competing claims. (“In Kosovo, land doesn’t belong to those who own it, but to those who want it.” — Hiding Genocide in Kosovo)
…The United States and Europe must also the encourage bilateral negotiations between Pristina and Belgrade, which resumed Tuesday.
Encourage them? As opposed to their near-obsessive fixation and coercion of both sides to keep on those negotiations — which Ashton is riding her legacy on?
Next Liam draws on 2004, circa the March riots, when every other congressman, starting with Eliot Engel, took the floor to say that the riots happened because Albanians weren’t sure of Kosovo’s status, their future therefore uncertain. While other secessionists around the globe have been waiting decades or centuries for independence, the poor Albanians at that point had already been waiting an unbearably long five years to clinch theirs:
After all, none of the country’s economic or political problems can ever be fully resolved until the existential question is answered.
He closes his act with a Hillary suit:
Kosovo’s independence is recognized, and its borders deemed sovereign. […]
Helpful use of the passive tense there. This way, you don’t know recognized by whom — or how many deem the borders opposite of sovereign. And you don’t know that until a year ago — that is, four years into Kosovo’s five-year “independence” — there were more countries that didn’t recognize independence than did.
Mr. Hoare neatly fits this description of a type of writer when it comes to Kosovo:
“…journalists who honor the First Amendment by parroting the State Department.”
– Robert Hayden, UPI
Quite apropos of Hoare to mention Kosovo’s constitution when he doesn’t even seem to know that his own constitution allows him to break thought ranks with his government. (Assuming he’s an American, but perhaps he’s a Brit.)