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This year’s Vidovdan in “multi-ethnic,” “democratic,” “minorities-protected,” “mature,” “independent,” “come-a-long-way” Kosovo:

Religious leader: Serbian buses attacked in Kosovo

BELGRADE, Serbia, June 28 (UPI) — Schoolbuses carrying Serbs from a religious celebration in Kosovo were attacked by stone-throwing mobs, witnesses said.

There were at least two incidents, Radio B92 in Belgrade, Serbia, reported. Buses were damaged and a number of people injured, including three children, witnesses said.

The buses were carrying worshippers from a celebration of St. Vitus Day at a shrine near Pristina, the Kosovar capital. St. Vitus, a Sicilian martyred under the Roman Empire, is venerated in Slavic countries.

Sava Janjic, a Serbian Orthodox abbott, posted an account of what he said was the most serious attack on Twitter.

“Albanians are en masse stoning Serb school buses. Five buses have been damaged, there are injuries. Witnesses said that groups of Albanianas waited for Serb buses in ambush, some even followed the buses in their cars,” Janjic said. “What were Kosovo police doing?”

Kosovo declared independence in 2008 and is recognized by more than 100 countries, including the United States. Serbia, however, has withheld recognition of its former territory. [I wonder why! Those obstinate Serbs!]

The country is overwhelmingly ethnic Albanian. [And so they MUST deserve their own country, which is the whole reason they’re attacking Serbs, don’t you know.] Tensions between the Albanian and Serbian communities in Kosovo remain high.

Ah, there go those “tensions” again. Like the “tensions” between Muslims and Jews in Malmo, where there’s hardly a Jew left because of the mutual, morally equivalent “tension” in which Muslims slit rabbis’ throats.

The Albanian-Serbian “tension” is much the same. One must note a tad of progress even in this language usage, however: At least lately we see the word “Albanian” preceding the word “Serbian,” before the word “tension.” Whereas it used to be “Serbian-Albanian” fighting or tension. Similar to the progress of printing Palestinian-Israeli conflict, rather than always Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Anyway, the scene this Vidovdan (Friday) was with the internationals still there. Imagine how awesome Kosovo life will be for non-Albanians once the do-gooders leave.

Then again, here was last year’s Vidovdan in Kosovo. And the do-gooders were right there.

Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs also got wind of the incident, and posted the following on July 3rd:

Albanian Jihadists Attack Children’s Buses in Kosovo

Every day it becomes terribly clear how vicious it was of President Clinton to send US troops to fight alongside Albanian Muslims to defeat the Christian Serbs in the cause of Islam.

This is another episode in the worsening jihad by Muslims against non-Muslims in Kosovo. Their successful and continuing ethnic cleansing of non-Muslims from parts of the former Yugoslav Republic is owed largely to Bill Clinton’s war in Bosnia, sold to the clueless Clinton administration by the notorious EU dhimmis. The Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, once a symbol of ethnic diversity, has become an entirely Muslim city.

“Albanian extremists’ attack on children’s buses in Kosovo” Pravoslavie, June 29, 2013 (thanks to Maksim)

Statement of the Communication Service of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations.

“According to PTC news agency, on June 28, 2013, a group of Albanian extremists committed an organized attack on a column of school buses taking Serbian children home from the celebrations on the occasion of the national holiday ‘Vidovdan’, the Day of the Kosovo Battle against the Ottoman Empire.

“The helpless children were hit by a flow of stones. Three young pilgrims were seriously injured. The Kosovo police failed to apprehend the attackers.

“We regret to state that similar incidents happen in Kosovo and Metohija almost annually. Thus, in 2012, over 50 young people, who came from Serbia for Vidovdan, were injured during an attack in which petrol bombs were used and some of them were hospitalized with gunshot wounds.

“The extremists seek to mark Vidovdan with violence against Orthodox Serbs to intimidate and make them reject their own history linked with the Kosovo region. The attack against Serbian schoolchildren should be resolutely condemned by the international community.

“This incident is evidence raising again the doubt that the Kosovo authorities are capable of overcoming ethnic tension and give real guarantees of safety to the Orthodox Serbian population of the region.”

Of course, we know that it’s not extreme Albanianism to throw rocks at Serb kids. That’s standard fare. These are the “moderates” we promoted. Just like, generally speaking, “moderate Muslims” means they only hate Jews, moderate Albanians only hate Serbs. (And tend to engage in heroin- and human-trafficking.) And so now these moderate Albanians have just had their army fully activated, on schedule. Feel safer?

Kosovo: NATO Chief Hails Birth Of Western Proxy Army
NATO Secretary General statement on Kosovo Security Force reaching Full Operational Capability (July 9)

I congratulate all members of the Kosovo Security Force on the achievement of this step. I thank the servicemen and servicewomen of KFOR for all they have done to help build the Kosovo Security Force.

The Kosovo Security Force mission remains the same as it always has been: to conduct civil protection operations and to assist the civil authorities in responding to natural disasters and other emergencies.

The future of the Western Balkans lies in dialogue and reconciliation. I therefore encourage members of all communities in Kosovo to consider joining the Kosovo Security Force, to ensure that it continues to become a truly multi-ethnic and representative force.

North Atlantic Council visits KFOR (July 3)

…The Secretary General made clear that NATO and KFOR will continue to guarantee security in Kosovo and remain ready to deal with any attempts to undermine the progress that has been made…. [That’s fundamentally a veiled threat to any resistance by the Serb side.]

“Because peace and security here will benefit everyone in the region, and will take us closer to our goal: a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace.”

And so look for war in the near future. Or totalitarianism to keep it in check, whichever we find preferable by that time.

Oh, at least there was this, below. If the Kosovo Police Service is any indication (and it is), it doesn’t inspire one to be optimistic about the Kosovo Security Force. But note the usual Kosovo phenomenon of bad news coming out about Kosovo, along with news of the next reward and state of “progress”:

EU Mission ‘Failed to Protect Serbs in Kosovo’ (Balkan Insight, July 2, By Edona Peci)

The EU rule-of-law mission in Kosovo, EULEX, was accused by its own human rights panel of not protecting Serbs from violent attacks at an event to mark the historic ‘Battle of Kosovo’.

EULEX’s independent human rights panel said on Monday that the mission had not done enough to ensure the security of Serbs who gathered a year ago to mark the anniversary of the ‘Battle of Kosovo’ in 1389.

The annual commemoration event last May in Gazimestan on St. Vitus Day, celebrated by Serbs as Vidovdan, came after clashes between Kosovo police and Serbs which left more than 60 people injured.

The human rights panel found that EULEX “had allocated insufficient resources to ensure respect for human rights by the Kosovo authorities and third parties during the Vidovdan security operation”, it said in a written statement.

“The complainants submitted that they were the subject of attacks, which included, inter alia, the throwing of stones and Molotov cocktails at teenage children who were travelling on buses from Gazimestan to Gracanica/Gracanice at the conclusion of the Vidovdan celebrations,” the statement said.

“Moreover, the panel found that EULEX failed to conduct a thorough and adequate investigation into the allegations of human rights violations,” it said. [Now there’s a surprise.]

Hundreds of Serbs travelled to Kosovo for the Vidovdan celebrations last year, some wearing nationalist T-shirts and singing Serbian nationalist songs. [There’s the requisite justification for the attacks. The “nationalist” stuff was actually anything with national symbols, like a Serbian flag — and anything remotely identifying one as Serbian, which is the offensive part. Being Serb. Again, identity is being called ‘nationalism.’ That aside, you got man-handled even if you completely de-Serbed your clothes and belongings.]

On arriving at Gazimestan, they were stopped by police and forced to remove any nationalist symbols. [National symbols.]

This provoked groups of mainly Serbs to sing nationalist songs and chant the names of Bosnian Serb military and political chiefs Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic, who are on trial for alleged war crimes in The Hague.

Kosovo Serbs gather every year on June 28 to honour St. Vitus, a fourth-century Christian martyr, at the site of the Battle of Kosovo of 1389. The battle, which Serbia lost to Ottoman invaders, is seen as a crucial moment in Serbian history and has inspired much of the country’s epic poetry. [Might those be the “nationalist” songs? Like the one that Ban Ki Moon was bullied into apologizing for after treating the Serbs as human beings and inviting them to sing for Orthodox Christmas in January?]

The commemoration event at Gazimestan this year passed off without incident.

Oh, so maybe next year, when the Kosovo state and army are even more solidified, the panel can find out about this year’s violence on Vidovdan. And let Balkan Insight know about it. Oh wait, they do know about it — apparently only their Albanian reporter above doesn’t:

Buses with Kosovo Serbs Pelted With Stones
(Balkan Insight, B92, RTS, June 28)

Several Kosovo Serbs, including at least three children, were hurt when locals pelted with stones buses traveling back from a popular saints day celebration.

Unidentified persons threw stones at buses with children and students as they returned from celebrations marking St Vitus Day at Gazimestan, near Pristina, on Friday.

They are receiving treatment in the nearby Serbian enclave of Gracanica.

The well-known Serbian Orthodox cleric, Sava Janjic, wrote on his Twitter account that Kosovo Albanians stoned five of the buses in all. “Five buses were damaged, there are injuries,” he wrote.

“Witnesses said that groups of Albanians waited for Serbian buses in ambush, some even followed the buses in their cars,” Fr Janjic added.

The Serbian broadcaster B92 says that the buses were attacked at two locations, most seriously near the village of Milosevo, close to Gazimestan.

Kosovo police said they are working on the case. […]

Yes, we can see the sweat dripping from their brows.