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Greece: Hunt for Albanian escapees biggest police op of decade (Digital Journal, July 7, By Katerina Nikolas)

The hunt for the Albanian prisoners who escaped from a Greek prison in March has turned into the largest police operation of the decade. Since the escape the convicts have been on a spree of robbery and murder.

These are the kind of events that inspire movies. Greek police have launched the biggest manhunt in a decade as they pursue the fugitives that escaped from Trikala prison as they make their way to the Albanian border through the mountainous terrain of northern Greece.

Three of the original 11 escapees were apprehended shortly after the mass escape. Another was shot dead, along with an uncle who aided the escape, just over a week ago. Media has reported the escapees planned to spring another Albanian compatriot from another Greek jail but their plans were thwarted.

The Albanian criminals have committed the cold blooded murder of a policeman in Dostimo, and shot 25-year-old Katerina Zogali dead. They were also responsible for a one million euro bank heist in May. Altogether they have been linked to 69 robberies since their escape.

[Say, isn’t that how our friends the KLA got their start? And isn’t this happening in the part of Greece that Albanians want? Epirus?]

According to Proto Thema the seven remaining fugitives have been living like wild animals in the mountains for the past 20 days, as they edge closer to Albania. They are being tracked with thermal cameras. Newsit reports that the police operation is hampered by the number of tourists in the area that could be used as hostages by the armed criminals.

The drama continues to unfold as police intensify their searches despite the risk of facing dangerous men armed with Kalashnikovs.

The new year is off to a repetitive, and possibly amped-up, start. By now, most readers of this blog have read the Jan 4 report about the destruction of the Serbian Orthodox Monastery of Assumption of the Virgin:

Albanians last night completely destroyed the monastery “Assumption of the Virgin” in southern Serbia…Mother Paraskeva (62 years old)…[said] “…Albanians from Kosovo were organized with the intention of coming to destroy the Serbian monasteries in this area…Last year on Good Friday they attacked me…’ The Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin is under the auspices of Bishop Pachomius, who was accused for rape of boys…. “Some have been given 35 000 DM (Deutsche Marks) to create a bad image of the Bishop. [ The Monastery…originates from the 4th century and it is the oldest shrine in Vranje district.

First, as to why Albanians would accuse a Serbian bishop of raping little boys, here’s an email I got a few years ago:

I’ve read in various chronicles from and about Kosovo under Islam [that] Albanians were abducting Serb boys and young girls. It is Bat Y’eor who brought up the subject in one of her books that got me curious to look up in more detail. My wife’s parents tell me that it is a public secret in and around Skopje (Macedonia) to hide your boy from a Muslim Albanian, especially if he is good looking, because one will lose him. Look up “Islamic Homosexualities” and there is a chapter on Albanians raping little boys. The book can be read via amazon and it it has stunned me.

Meanwhile, something that’s gotten less attention than the report about the monastery is that on the heels of the destruction — and on Orthodox Christmas Eve — Kosovo Albanians characteristically tried to prevent cleansed Serbs from visiting their old church in Djakovica, with a similar name to the monastery above. It all suggests we may be in the midst of a string of intimidation tactics against Serbs — something that, as the above item shows, extends beyond Kosovo’s “borders.”

B92 (Jan. 6) - A group of Kosovo Albanians have prevented a group of Orthodox believers from visiting the Church of Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary in Đakovica. RTS (Radio Television Serbia) has reported that the Albanians were protesting against the visit of displaced Serbs who used to live in the town.

Ethnic Albanian Self-Determination Movement activists and Voice of Mothers organization members gathered in front of the entrance to the church on Christmas Eve and did not allow Serbs to go in. Orthodox nuns did not even go out in the yard on Sunday.

RTS has reported that around 40 Serbs managed to bring the Yule log into the church despite the protest and then safely leave the town in a bus. Kosovo police arrested two protesters and pushed several hundreds of Albanians 20 meters away from the church so Serbs could briefly enter the church.

Well thank goodness for the need to keep up appearances. (At least until the international overseers leave, or until the rest of the UN gives in and recognizes Kosovo statehood.)

On Christmas Day, Jan. 7th, came news that Kosovo police detained several Serbs after Christmas services, first concocting some sort of “Serbian Civil Defense” affiliation as an excuse, then saying they simply “looked suspicious,” and then saying the young men had been tailing the Kosovo Police charged with securing the visit by Aleksandar Vulin, head of the Serbian Government Office for Kosovo. Vulin said, “‘The arrests were a straightforward provocation, crude violence, that was truly caused by nothing… This is about straightforward lawlessness and injustice’… He added that he had unofficially learned that…the Kosovo Albanian authorities ‘do not know what [to] charge the Serbs with’…According to him, the international community should consider whether its unconditional support for Priština can continue - ‘because that support may be interpreted by Priština [and has been all along] as readiness to perpetrate all forms of violence. We have said it countless times that the end of supervised independence was a tragic mistake. The international community and Priština must understand that there will be no lasting and just solution in Kosovo and Metohija without the consent of Serbia and the Serbs who live there,’ Vulin told RTS.

“Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Bishop Teodosije of Ras-Prizren said Monday that the Kosovo police raided the Gračanica monastery on Christmas Day…. ‘With actions of this kind, the Kosovo police is deterring people from visiting their holy sites and demonstrating brutal force in a highly primitive fashion,’ believes Teodosije.

“‘Considering the incidents the Kosovo police caused on St. Vitus Day, June 28 last year, it is practically a rule that every Orthodox holiday is accompanied by fear of police terror and arrests,’ the Diocese of Ras-Prizren said in a release.

“Bishop Teodosije also expressed great dissatisfaction with the Kosovo institutions’ improper treatment of Serbian officials, who are banned from visiting SPC sites or forced, as Aleksandar Vulin was on Monday, to urgently leave Gračanica before the end of the ceremony.

“A similar incident occurred a few months ago, when Bishop Teodosije received a visit from advisor to the Serbian president Marko Đurić, who was later brutally expelled from the territory of Kosovo. According to Teodosije, foreign representatives were also confused and shocked by the actions of the police on Monday.”

They were shocked this time? Not the other 4700 times?

In a follow-up to the incident last Wednesday (the 10 young men were released pending trial, though one is in the hospital with injuries to his legs and urethra after being beaten at the Priština courthouse where he was interrogated), Vulin said “that he hoped the international community would not understand why President Tomislav Nikolić was not allowed to visit the Gračanica monastery and why he and other Office for Kosovo officials had so many problems with freedom of movement in Kosovo.”

He was referring to the news that was dominating local headlines a day before Orthodox Christmas: the Kosovo government denying Serbian president Tomislav Nikolic’s request to visit with his fellow Serbs in Kosovo to mark Christmas.

IMAGINE a president having to REQUEST a visit to his own territory, from the terrorists who are still only in the midst of seizing it (with superpower help). Imagine the U.S. president having to ask a China-backed or Russia-backed La Raza for permission to visit California. Anyway, it’s supposedly quid pro quo for Belgrade not allowing the terrorists into the part of the country they haven’t yet seized, though that doesn’t explain all the other cases of denied access to Serbian officials over the past decade.

… “[I]f our officials are not allowed to go to Serbia certainly we will apply the same measures,” Kosovo Interior Minister Bajram Rexhepi said at a news conference on Saturday [Jan. 5]…While several Serb ministers have been denied entry to Kosovo, some top officials…have been allowed to attend religious festivals in the past…[T]he most recent rejection came after four Kosovo government ministers were denied entry to Serbia during 2012. Last Christmas, Kosovo Albanian protesters hurled stones at a motorcade carrying former president Tadic when he visited a monastery in western Kosovo. Nikolic…has accused European Union authorities in Kosovo of bias by letting Kosovo authorities to decide whether the Serb leader could visit Kosovo.

From a rundown of Albanian press on Jan. 6th, we see once again that the Kosovo government and the “more extreme” Kosovo Albanian political groups that Western politicians are always trying to distance from it were on the same page:

Vetevendosje demands Serbia’s officials not be allowed entry to Kosovo (dailies)

Leaders of the Vetevendosje Movement called on the Government of Kosovo not to allow Serbia’€™s officials to enter Kosovo ahead of Orthodox Christmas celebrations. …On the possibility of a peace treaty being signed by presidents of Kosovo and Serbia, Vetevendosje officials commented by saying that there can be no peace for as long as Serbia doesn’€™t apologise for crimes it committed in Kosovo.

In another Jan. 5 report, we get to the wider game, and the next prize the Albanians have their eye on: Serbia’s Presevo Valley. That’s what is meant in the last line below by “southern Serbia”:

“…I will not have Priština deciding whether I can go to our Kosovo….Nikolić pointed out that EULEX had once again shown that it was not status neutral and that it did what Priština said. “They did not let me to go to Kosovo while I was an opposition representative and they do not let me go now that I am a Serbian president,” he stressed. Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister Hajredin Kuci said on Friday…that the Serbian president would be able to visit Kosovo…when Kosovo Albanian leaders were allowed to visit ethnic Albanians in southern Serbia. […]

As if these ‘innocent’ visits aren’t rallies in furtherance of the next phase of Greater Albania’s consolidation. Indeed, if we were to check in on just the most recent moves toward that end, we’d find an even lesser-noticed recent report, from late December. See if you can get your head around this: In the Albanian-dominated Presevo Valley (just north of Kosovo), the Albanians put up a monument — on what is, still, undisputed Serbian land — to the KLA terrorists who tried to seize Presevo just months after their Kosovo seizure. (That particular KLA affiliate is known as UCPMB.) This is like Muslims putting up a monument to al Qaeda in our faces. Because that’s what the KLA are to Serbs. Except Muslims in general aren’t yet as brazen as Albanians — which is saying a lot. For those who poo-poo the KLA-ALQ comparison, what a luxury they have to not be Serb, and to be able to scoff at these people’s pain.

It’s not enough that the few Serbs who remain in Kosovo have to deal with monuments to the killers and torturers of their loved ones as a reminder that they’re not welcome in their own ancient land, but now Serbs in Serbia proper are getting it. Unsurprisingly, the people arrested in this whole thing were the group of Serbs who set out to demolish the stone harbinger of their demise. The monument itself wasn’t touched, nor were the terrorist-worshipers who put it up.

Albanians accuse IM [Interior Minister], defend memorial to terror group (Nov. 22)

PREŠEVO — The leaders of ethnic Albanian parties in southern Serbia…qualified as “a threat” a statement made by PM and Interior Minister Ivica Dačić on Wednesday. Dačić said yesterday that the memorial plaque for the members of the so-called Liberation Army of Preševo, Bujanovac and Medveđa (UCPMB; OVPMB) in downtown Preševo represented an unnecessary provocation to which the state must react, and advised those who put it up to remove it themselves.

The terrorist group was an offshoot of the so-called Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA; UCK), and was disbanded in 2001. After the end of the war in Kosovo, they staged hundreds of attacks against Serbian police, Yugoslav military, local officials in the area, and UN personnel.

One of the group’s former commanders, and until recently president of the Bujanovac municipal assembly, Jonuz Musliu, also criticized Dačić on Thursday. Musliu, who is now leader of the Movement for Democratic Progress party, said that ethnic Albanians were “in favor of solving all conflicts peacefully” and that the prime minister “will have to look elsewhere for a partner for war and warmongering”.

The leader of the Democratic Union of the Valley Skender Destani told Tanjug… “If all the members of the Liberation Army received amnesty, what right does he have to openly threaten Albanians.”…Last Friday, Preševo saw the unveiling of the memorial which contains the names of 27 members of the UCPMB who had been killed during the insurgency. The memorial to cost RSD 3 million to build. Ethnic Albanians said that the ceremony was staged on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Albanian state.

Serbia Threatens To Demolish Albanian Monument (Balkan Insight, Dec. 27)

…[Serbian Prime Minister Ivica] Dacic ordered the authorities in the mainly Albanian towns of Bujanovac and Presevo in South Serbia to remove a monument dedicated to ethnic Albanian fighters.

The ethnic Albanian guerrilla force launched a brief armed struggle with Serbian security forces in 2000. The conflict ended with the help of international mediation. [After it started with the help of international “mediation” (i.e. the Kosovo war) which opened the door to Presevo.]

They agreed to disarm in 2001 following an internationally brokered peace deal, after which the Serbian military re-entered the demilitarized area near the border with Kosovo with the approval of NATO.

When the monument was erected, Ragimi Mustafa, president of the municipality of Presevo, said the history of every nation deserved [respect], including the history of the ethnic Albanians in that area.

In response, the Serbian government filed criminal charges against representatives of the Presevo municipality, saying the monument was not erected in accordance with due procedures.

According to Dacic, the international community had been informed about the memorial and about how its construction was “an open provocation, designed to show that Serbia does not control part of its territory”.

[Did you catch that? Serbia can’t have an appropriate response to provocations in its borders without first asking permission, after briefing, the ‘international community’. That would be the same international community that’s helping Albanians do what they do.]

On December 26, on the website Preseva jone, some former ethnic Albanian fighters threatened armed rebellion if the monument in Presevo is removed. [And yet the headline of this Balkan Insight report has the verb “threatens” after the subject “Serbia.”]

They would “put on their boots and uniforms once again and take up arms,” they said.

Yes, they love reminding everyone that they’re always ready to fight again if the internationals don’t do their bidding. As if the Albanians won’t do it anyway. So it looks like NATO may have to hand them Presevo too. (Indeed, the issue is being internationalized for the past several years already. See the 90th paragraph here, which starts with the word “Obviously.”) Looks like we may have to bomb or otherwise punish Serbia yet again, if it decides to be “intransigent” again.

Good thing we have the president of Albania to straighten us out that it’s actually Serbia that’s doing the “provoking.” Though one might ask what stake the president of Albania has in what happens in Serbia, or Kosovo for that matter — unless it’s the barely concealed fact that he sees these parts of Serbia as futurely part of Albania:

Berisha: Belgrade provokes Albanians, and does not respect minority (Politika, Jan. 6)

TIRANA - Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha accused the Serbian authorities of provoking the Albanians and urged Belgrade to reject the “old practice of “Albanophoby” and show respect to the Albanian minority in southern Serbia.

“The recent attitude of the authorities in Belgrade, which has shown no respect for Albanian martyrs, is a provocation to all Albanians and their serious efforts towards peace and stability in the region by establishing new relations with its neighbors,” Berisha said in a statement, quoted by ATA .

[Attacking a country’s legal authorities — which is what these ‘martyrs’ did — is a “serious effort towards peace and stability in the region”? And who can forget the Albanian government’s “considerable efforts to ease tensions,” by not cooperating with the international, much less Serbian, investigations into the murder-for-organs operation Albania hosted?]

Noting that the Albanian government has made considerable efforts to ease tensions in southern Serbia and encouraging “constructive and inclusive role of the Albanian minority in Serbia”, Berisha invited Albanians to “not respond to the provocations of Belgrade.”

The monument will be removed “by hook or by crook,” Dacic said, noting that this is not the only monument in southern Serbia, and in Presevo and Bujanovac [are] waving Albanian flags.

The U.S. Embassy in Belgrade has condemned threats of violence, which according to media reports, former OVPMB [alternate acronym for UCPMB] members expressed, and called for resolving political differences through dialogue…

And so, since it’s Serbia that’s doing the provoking, it’s Serbia that “risks spreading the conflict” (notice how the Albanians ensconce their threats of violence by starting the sentence with “Serbia”):

Vlasi: Serbia risks spreading the conflict (Jan. 9)

Sarajevo - Azem Vlasi, Kosovo Government Advisor on Foreign Affairs, has warned that the deterioration in relations with the Albanians in southern Serbia is risking wider conflict.

Vlasi agrees with estimates that the Presevo Valley and southern Serbia could be a new potential conflagration.[Certainly not their plan all along or anything.]

“But when it comes to the Presevo Valley, they can not [do] to Albanians whatever they want, without risk of spreading conflict. [If] they attack the Albanians, they attack us all Albanians! Let them know It,” warned Vlasi.

He recalled that Serbia wants to [exacerbate] relations with the Albanians in the Presevo Valley, just because [JUST BECAUSE!] they use their own national flag and want to have a memorial of Albanian victims [VICTIMS!] who died by the Serbian authorities. “For the common sense of all of us it’s a surprise, but it illustrates how Serbia is left in the past and how they can not dig out of it,” said Vlasi for AA…

And from UNMIK Media Monitoring: “Serbia provoking broad conflict”

Political analysts in Kosovo and Presevo consider that the ultimatum issued by the Government of Serbia to remove the monument of [UC‡PMB] fallen heroes represents a provocation for a new conflict in the region. “€œI am convinced that the Prime Minister of Kosovo will emphasise support for the political and democratic rights of national identity [at the Jan. 17 meeting between Pristina and Belgrade]. Normalising relations between Kosovo and Serbia cannot happen [at the expense of] the rights of Albanians there,” said Deputy Prime Minister Hajredin Kuci, who added that the monument in Presevo represents a symbol of Albanian freedom fighters.

Serbia Albanians Scorn Threat to War Memorial

…”The removal of the monument is not in the spirit of European values so [Serbian Prime Minister Ivica] Dacic will not risk the country’s EU path by removing it,” [Skender] Destani, leader of the Democratic Union of the Valley, DUD, told Balkan Insight.

Jonuz Musliu, former political leader of the Liberation Army of Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja, also believes that Dacic is “smart enough not to demolish the monument.

“It would not look European, as Europe does not destroy monuments,” Musliu said.[…]

Right. That’s more of a Muslim thing. And an Albanian thing. (Pay not attention to the fact that Albanians are Muslim, we’re told; indeed, it’s a redundancy.) But the Albanians know that if you build a monument — any monument — Europe will indeed have a hard time destroying it. A memorial, or anything that looks like artwork — even if it honors killers of Europeans — will cause conscience-wrestling among the Euros.

Another update came over the weekend:

Serbian and ethnic Albanian representatives have failed to cut a deal to remove a memorial to ethnic Albanian fighters in south Serbia. (Balkan Insight, Jan. 11)

Internationally-mediated talks on Thursday ended without a deal on the future of the monument in the town of Presevo which Belgrade wants to be demolished, seeing it as a tribute to armed separatism.

The emergence of the ethnic Albanian guerrilla force, which was seeking to unite this part of Serbia with Kosovo in the late 1990s, resulted in armed conflict between Serbs and ethnic Albanians in south Serbia in 2000.

After the conflict ended, the authorities signed an amnesty law which removed the threat of prosecution from everyone who participated in the conflict.

[Dacic] said that Serbian officials would talk to Albanian representatives “to seek an alternative place where the monument can be placed”.

Local ethnic Albanian leaders have said that they will meet on Saturday to make a decision about the monument’s destiny.

An update from just yesterday, from UNMIK Online: ANA: We will enter war with Serbia (Zëri, Jan. 14)

The Albanian National Army reappeared, this time in Vushtrri, where it announced that it would mobilize its members to defend “against Serb threats to secede a part of the Kosovo territory [the north, which wants to remain within the internationally recognized, Kosovo-inclusive, borders of Serbia] and threats to forcibly remove the UÇPMB monument in Presevo”.

In a meeting in Vushtrri, ANA said: “We will most definitely enter a war with Serbia. It still refuses to see that Presevo, Medvegja and Bujanovc are Albanian lands and no one should dare touch them. Albanians are not orphans,” said colonel Kaçak, an ANA commander.

(I think that last sentence is saying, “America, among others, has our back.”)

And another update from Monday: March in support of Presevo Valley (koha.net)

Serbia is even insulting the dead in Presevo Valley, said a group of students of the University of Pristina on Monday, who announced a march on Wednesday in support of the Albanian population in Presevo Valley. “We, students of the University of Pristina, will not remain indifferent towards the behavior of the Serbian leadership against Albanians of the Presevo Valley,” said Arben Mehmeti, one of the organizers of the march.

[The University of Pristina was the staging ground and recruitment center of the Marxist-fascist-nationalist-Islamist-separatist combo that birthed the KLA as more than just a criminal outfit. And I won’t even go into the pot-callling-the-kettle-black irony of Albanians accusing someone else of insulting the dead: overturning graves and spreading around body parts of civilian Slav corpses as old as a hundred years apparently is *not* insulting the dead, but not honoring dead Albanian terrorists is.]

“Let us also show to the institutions in Serbia and Dacic’s Government that if it violates and insults our national values, then it is not violating only the values of the Albanians in eastern Kosovo, but it is affecting all Albanians wherever they are. We request from Kosovo, Albania, and international institutions to pressure for the rights of the Albanians being violated at the Valley and everywhere where there are Albanians,” Astrit Gjoci, another organizer, told RTK.

Arben Mehmeti stressed that the march is organized by students of the University of Pristina and it will begin on Wednesday at 12:00 hours. “We will march from the front of the National Library, towards “Mother Teresa” square, and we will stop in front of the National Theatre,” he said…

Even as the end game is laid bare — that it was never just about Kosovo, but about Greater Albania — we have a case that can be described as Doctor Frankenstein condemning weird science:

US urges end to nationalistic rhetoric in Albania

TIRANA, Albania (AP) - The U.S. ambassador in Tirana has warned of an “unfortunate” rise in nationalist rhetoric by Albanian politicians ahead of elections next year.

Alexander A. Arvizu says attempts to inflame ethnic tensions could potentially destabilize the Balkans. His comments Friday follow calls from a small nationalist party for a referendum on uniting Albania with neighboring Kosovo, whose population is mostly ethnic Albanian.

Prime Minister Sali Berisha recently angered neighboring Greece with talk of Albanian lands including parts of Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro. Tirana later said his comments, made ahead of Albania’s 100th anniversary celebrations, had a purely historical context.

Berisha also promised citizenship for ethnic Albanians worldwide — an offer he later retracted.

Arvizu said voters should not fall for talk of an “illusory Greater Albania.”

“Illusory,” only until the establishment is ready to let us know about it.

For some reason, that little Balkans item even made it as far as Denver and Salt Lake City. It was an excerpt from Arvizu’s remarks at the 15th International Conference on Security in the Western Balkans on Dec. 14th. If we look at the rest of his speech, it sounds like the U.S. as Dr. Frankenstein is getting more and more worried about its demon child:

…Recently the United States has observed an unfortunate rise in nationalist rhetoric here in Albania, especially in the weeks leading up to and following the 100th anniversary celebrations.

This rhetoric contrasts sharply with the overall constructive role that Albania has traditionally played in the region, notably with ethnic-Albanian populations. The Government of the Republic of Albania and political parties – this includes the opposition – have typically issued clear, responsible messages encouraging ethnic-Albanian populations residing outside the country to work with their governments to resolve their issues. [He must have missed all this in 2006-07 and this from Berisha in 2009. And how about this Reuters dispatch from 2000 (the third-to-last item), or Berisha and his foreign minister telling the visiting Slovakian president in 2007 that Kosovo would be part of Albania. And that’s without mentioning Kosovo PM Thaci saying just last March that it would “be ‘best and easiest’ for Albanians to live in a single state if borders in the Balkans changed,” whereupon Dacic pointed out that if a Serbian official had made such a statement, it would have caused a UN Security Council meeting. A few days later, Menduh Thaci, leader of Macedonia’s Democratic Party of Albanians, called Macedonia “an artificial country” in an interview with an Albanian TV channel. “He said further he wanted for Macedonia to fall apart and all Albanians to unite in one country.” Note that these comments came at a time when there were ethnic clashes in Macedonia, culminating in the execution-style murders of five Macedonians on the eve of Orthodox Easter, and demonstrations in Skopje chanting “Death to Christians!” A head-scratcher for sure, given that we’re told the problem is Serbia, not Christianity.]

Recently, various political actors in Albania have sought to use negative messages centered on ethnicity for their narrow political ends. This is a dangerous game. Ethnic tensions, once aroused, are difficult, if not impossible to predict or control. It is imperative that responsible individuals refrain from inflaming ethnic sentiment, whether inside or outside Albania. [The Albanian-American ambassador didn’t know that Albanians are ethno-centered? With the very premise of combining all the Albanian-heavy lands being that Albanians should live together in one big country? Indeed, the U.S-supported Kosovo policy is single-handedly changing the definition of what nation-states are founded on: it’s gone from common vision and values to ethnicity and religious identity, as Harry de Quetteville warned in The Telegraph upon Kosovo’s unilateral declaration in 2008.]

In addition to potentially destabilizing the region, nationalistic rhetoric and actions damage Albania’s reputation. Because of various controversial statements and assertions made in the lead-up to the 100th anniversary celebrations, two neighboring countries canceled their participation in this historic event. [He means Macedonia, and see Greek foreign minister cancels trip over Albanian PM’s reference to a town across the Greek border as “Albanian lands.”] This may seem like a minor consequence, a footnote to some, but it sets back relations, hinders communication and cooperation, and makes resolving other outstanding issues that much more difficult. And we, the United States, take note of it.

[You hear that? Fourteen years past our pro-nationalist intervention, we’re finally taking note of the Albanian nationalism that’s meant death to thousands of non-Albanians and less nationalist Albanians over the past several decades. That would be the intervention that happened 18 years after the 1981 race riots that Albanians staged in Kosovo screaming their supremacy from the rooftops. Which of course was 100 years after the Prizren League announced the Albanian nationalist agenda that has guided Albanianism ever since. So if you add that up, it took 132 years for Washington to notice. At least according to this guy. Some might argue that Washington was aware of Albanian hyper-nationalism every step of the way, and allied with it regardless, as it has been doing with other fascist forces since WWII.]

The recent intimidation of ethnic Macedonian minorities in Liqenas by some misguided individuals is completely unacceptable and should be rejected categorically by all Albanians.

The recent call by the Red and Black Alliance for an Albanian-Kosovo unification referendum serves neither country’s Euro-Atlantic integration aspirations, and undermines the progress achieved in regional stability and peace, and movement towards European integration.

Let me be crystal clear, absolutely clear: The United States of America does not support the redrawing of national borders in the Balkan region [except, er, uh…Serbia’s]. Any efforts to do so are counterproductive and destabilizing. [Except when we do it and unleash the Albanian mafia onto the world.]

Political parties and leaders should focus on what they claim is important: Euro-Atlantic integration. Talk of an illusory “Greater Albania” is a distraction from the very real problems that Albania faces today, and the voters shouldn’t fall for it.

We believe a new political movement like the Red and Black Alliance can and should play an important and constructive role in Albanian politics. [He’s saying a party founded on nationalism and ethnic unification can play a constructive role.]

Given the positive role that the Government of Albania has traditionally played in maintaining good relations with its neighbors [such as being the launching pad for a war against its neighbor and a graveyard for Slavs missing their organs], we urge its leadership to be unequivocal in this vein. Elections should not be an excuse for sending mixed messages.

Furthermore, we ask that Albania’s politicians and political leaders across the spectrum renew their commitment to convey responsible messages to all Albanians. [Except the whole point of the U.S.-backed KLA, heroes to 99% of Albanians, was to kill off “responsible” politicians.]

What a difference a century makes. Albania has earned respect and admiration across the globe. Albanians live within secured borders; they no longer need to feel threatened by any external foe. Kosovo is now a sovereign nation, independent and free. And in the course of the past 100 years no country in the world has shown itself to be a more consistent and reliable friend of the Albanian people than the United States of America.

That’s right. Leave it to the good old U.S. of A. to make a messy world messier. The controversial comments that the ambassador referenced, meanwhile, were made in a statement to a museum by Berisha, in which “he referred to ‘the Albania of all the Albanian lands from Preveza to Presevo, Skopje to Podgorica’,” Reuters reported. “Preveza is part of the northern Greek province of Epirus, where some ethnic Albanians lived before World War Two…Skopje is the capital of Macedonia and Podgorica the capital of Montenegro, both bordering Albania. Presevo is in southern Serbia…Greece had to apologize to Albania [in October] for placing its red flag…upside down during a visit by its foreign minister to Athens. [Who dares talk back?! Who risks such tit-for-tat insolence?!] Albanians are by far the largest group of foreign workers in Greece - estimated at up to 800,000 in a country of 11 million people….”

Adds a Nov. 28th AP item, titled by Edmonton Journal “Albania celebrates 100 years of independence, yet angers half its neighbours:

The [Preveza to Podgorica] comments were also inscribed on a parchment that will be displayed at a museum in the city of Vlore, where the country’s independence from the Ottoman Empire was declared in 1912. Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos promptly cancelled his visit to Tirana on Wednesday…Separately, Macedonian President Gjorgje Ivanov called off his visit after Macedonian Prime Minister Nicola Gruevski’s car was hit with an egg last week during a trip to Tirana, the Albanian capital. …[But some good ol’ reliables were on hand.] Montenegro’s president and the prime ministers of Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia turned up, as well as officials from Italy and Kosovo. Tens of thousands of ethnic Albanians — some on foot or on horseback — arrived from Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro for the festivities, which started in Vlore…Berisha’s earlier plans to slaughter 2,000 sheep and publicly roast them for the occasion were scrapped after an outcry by animal rights groups.

Berisha’s exposed ambitions are nothing more than what Albanian American Civic League founder — and the New York Republican candidate for Senate in 2010 — Joseph DioGuardi has been after all along. From the website of the AACL, which pretends to be “Defending the national cause and human rights of the Albanian people”:

…In collaboration with foreign policy leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and a network of committed volunteers around the world, the Civic League works to bring genuine independence to Kosova, equal rights to Albanians in Macedonia, Montenegro, the Presheva Valley, and Chameria….As we approach the 100th Anniversary of the Independence of Albania on Nov. 28, we think that this is a good time to reflect on…freeing Kosova from Serbian domination after it was tragically left out of the internationally recognized State of Albania in 1919.

It’s an open revelation of the true aim of the Albanians’ Kosovo war (i.e. it wasn’t about “human rights violations” as we were told), and a boast of direct engagement of the U.S. government in Albanian territorial pretensions in Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, and northern Greece (”Chameria“/”Cameria“).

Illustrating the rabidly-celebrated 100-year Albanian milestone in late November, and the troubles Macedonia faces from its 25% Albanian minority was the following from my blog at the time, which included photos from the “March of Eagles”:


Ethnic Albanians [wave] Albanian flags during a rally marking the Albanian Flag Day on November 28, 2012 in Presevo, southern Serbia. At least 2,000 ethnic Albanians, who form a majority in this region bordering Kosovo, gathered today to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Albania’s independence… (SASA DJORDJEVIC - AFP/Getty Images)


An Ethnic Albanian boy waves an Albanian flag during a rally marking the Albanian Flag Day on November 28, 2012 in Presevo, southern Serbia…

Oh, it’s “marking” a lot more than that. It’s marking future territory. In addition to Serbia’s Presevo region, Albanians have also marked Greece. (Remember Flag Day 2011 on that point. And check out 2010’s and here’s 2006’s.)

And here they marked Macedonia this week, where the central ceremony — the main event — was held:

The ceremony in Skopje, Macedonia was attended by both Albania’s president Sali Berisha and Kosovo’s “prime minister” Thaci. Why?

Gray Falcon blog’s Nebojsa Malic remarked: “Imagine Mexico had its central national day ceremony in San Antonio. I imagine it would go rather well with the Texans?

“There is no Macedonia. No country can be this humiliated and still considered existing.

“Balkan Insight, meanwhile, blamed Macedonians for ‘offending Albanians’ by not coming to the Tirana ceremony.”

So, as with Serbia, Macedonians are expected to celebrate their own demise, or else be accused of discriminating or some such thing. (Speaking of which: In August a Serb politician in Croatia was castigated by the prime minister for not joining Croatia’s national celebrations for Operation Storm, the largest ethnic cleansing since WWII, in which about 2,000 Serb civilians were savagely killed.)

Malic’s Nov. 28th blog shed some light the real significance of the spectacle — for the Balkans, and the U.S.:

…On November 28, 1912, what became the Albanian national flag - black eagle on red field - made its first appearance. Each year, the Albanians celebrate this as “Flag Day”, and even though [Kosovo] has its own, politically correct flag [i.e. presenting Kosovo as its own country, separate from Albania], its blue and gold are nowhere in evidence these days, amidst the sea of red and black.

The central, pan-Albanian celebration has already taken place - in Skopje, capital of the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia. Why not Tirana, the capital of Albania proper? Or Pristina, the capital of “independent Kosovo”? Simple. Skopje was the ancient capital of Serbia, and though modern Serbia doesn’t claim the territory of Macedonia, the Albanians do.

Pogroms based on blood libel. Desecrated churches and cemeteries. Pride in terrorism and butchery. All cheered on by the “international community” and the self-appointed defenders of “human rights.” A month ago [October], Secretary of State Clinton declared that the cause of “independent [Kosovo]” was a personal matter - “for me, my family and my fellow Americans.”

Clinton has a shopping center named after her. There are streets and boulevards named after her husband, and an Enver-style statue in downtown Pristina. I guess what’s left to their “fellow Americans” is Kosovo itself - a monument to evil if ever there was one.

Proud yet?

And an AP report from the four-day celebrations:

More than 1,000 ethnic Albanians marched in the capital of Macedonia on Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of Albania’s independence from the Ottoman Empire. Some politicians have opposed such celebrations, saying they could stoke ethnic tensions in Macedonia.

The anniversary celebrations in Macedonia’s capital are scheduled to last for four days, and similar festivities will take place later this week in the capitals of Kosovo and Albania.

In Skopje, Macedonia’s capital, thousands of Albanian national flags — a black double-headed eagle on a red background — were on display Sunday there and in minority areas of northern and western Macedonia. Divers even placed the flag at the bottom of Lake Ohrid, which straddles Macedonia and Albania.

‘‘This is really an exaggeration’’ auto-mechanic Jovan Krstevski, 49, of Skopje told The Associated Press, as ethnic Albanians marched there. ‘‘I have nothing against any flag or celebrations, but placing such huge flags in such a manner and with such noise is nothing but dramatizing the event and has nothing to do with a tribute. Just the opposite, only to demonstrate the (minority’s) power and to provoke their fellow Macedonians.’’

The opposition Social Democrats earlier described a decision by the Macedonian government to join Albania’s independence celebrations as a ‘‘political provocation.’’

Conservative Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski has the country’s largest ethnic Albanian party, the DUI, in his coalition government. The DUI is led by Ali Ahmeti.

‘‘We ask whether Gruevski and Ahmeti are aware that their irresponsible behavior and harmful policies will cause fresh ethnic tension and undermine the rule of law?’’ deputy Social Democrat leader Gordan Georgiev said recently.

Even Gruevski allies have publicly argued that the Albanian celebrations are part of a minority drive toward creating a largely autonomous state — a notion dismissed by Ahmeti.

Stojance Angelov — leader of Dignity, an association of Macedonian veterans of the 2001 ethnic conflict — said such a move would be unfair and damaging to Macedonia.

In an interview with Channel Five TV, Ahmeti said… ‘‘We do not have any pretensions to dividing Macedonia because Macedonia is our country, Macedonia is our homeland. Our ancestors were here, our future is here and we need to build our future together.’’

Relations between the two main coalition partners have, however, soured in recent weeks after the country’s ethnic Albanian defense minister paid tribute to the insurgents of 2001. Gruevski responded by presenting draft legislation to grant pensions to former government soldiers who fought in the ethnic conflict — but not to rebel veterans.

Two recent incidents in neighboring Albania also have raised tensions in Macedonia.

Macedonian national flags were set on fire in Tirana, the capital of Albania, and eggs were thrown at a car carrying Gruevski as the Macedonian prime minister visited Tirana. […]

Closing by revisiting some quotes and excerpts:

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that “Albanian clans are funnelling the [sex trade] profits into the coffers of former Kosovo Liberation Army strongmen who are fighting Serbs in the Presevo Valley and attacking their Slavic neighbours in Macedonia.” …The Financial Times reported that “diplomats said the [Albanian] diaspora, which has a significant presence in drugs and prostitution rackets, particularly in Switzerland, Belgium and Germany, is providing financing and weapons to the rebels.”…Business AM reported that “there was ample evidence available two summers ago about the ties of the so-called Albanian national liberation struggle to organised crime, and how intertwined the Albanian mafia was — and still is — with the political militants.”

Balkan Blog, Feb. 2010

Although the Clinton administration insisted that the KLA met its requirements to demilitarize in 1999, the rebel organization never­theless has been able to foment an insurgency across the provincial border of Kosovo in Serbia’s predominantly ethnic Albanian Presevo Valley — which Albanian nationalists call “Eastern Kosovo.” In a disturbing replay of the strategy the KLA used from early 1998 until NATO commenced its bombing, ethnic Albanian guerrillas are attacking Serbian policemen and civilians — and ethnic Albanians loyal to Belgrade — in the hope of provoking Yugoslav authorities into a response that will incite the United States and NATO to resume their war with Yugoslavia. As a UN official in Kosovo explained, the guerrillas hope “that the Serbs will retaliate with excessive force against civilian populations and create a wave of outrage and pres­sure on KFOR to respond.”

In March 2000, the guerrillas promised U.S. diplomats that they would end their insurgency. “We’re happy they did it,” said one U.S. official. “We gave them a tough message, and they believed it.” …The rebel group, however, took no steps to live up to its pledge and announced the next day that it “has not ceased its activities” and that it will not stop until “Eastern Kosovo is liberated.” The guerrillas, moreover, continued to wear KLA-like uniforms, to conduct training exercises, and to cross back and forth across the neutral zone between U.S. forces in Kosovo and Yugoslav forces in Serbia proper. Though the leaders of the supposedly disbanded KLA insist they are not tied to the rebels, those killed in the Presevo Valley are buried in cemeteries reserved for KLA martyrs. Moreover, the “Homeland Calling Fund,” which was set up to raise money from the Albanian diaspora to fund the KLA, has been resurrected to fund the Presevo insurgents.

Notwithstanding those facts, Clinton administration officials downplayed KLA involvement in the violence. In fact, Secretary Albright praised the KLA for “having met its commitment to demo­bilize” and she stressed that a “spirit of tolerance and inter-ethnic cooperation” will take root in Kosovo as the province’s “democratic forces” come to power. America’s chief diplomat should have had a better grasp of Kosovo’s realities. The KLA and its supporters are committed to taking power in Kosovo and expanding its dominion, not to practicing multiethnic democracy.

Not all foreign officials were as gullible….Jiri Dienstbier, former Czech foreign minister turned UN special envoy for human rights, submitted a 53-page report to the UN Human Rights Commission in March 2000 [accusing] the leaders of the [KLA] of destabilizing the Presevo Valley with a view to creating a Greater Albania. Voicing similar concerns. Gen. Reinhardt, the former commander of KFOR, warned that tensions between Serbs and ethnic Albanians in the Presevo Valley could result in a new war… “Frankly, when we see them training with mortars … I do not believe them.” Reinhardt’s concerns were underscored by same-day reports of a grenade attack on a Serbian police checkpoint on the other side of the Kosovo boundary….By the fall of 2000, the security situation in the Presevo Valley deteriorated even further as the number of ethnic Albanian guerrillas operating in the area reportedly tripled and the number of attacks on Serb policemen increased. In December, the rebels fired upon a joint American-Russian patrol, and in January 2001, a British patrol was attacked.

As troubling, ethnic Albanians from Kosovo and Albania, includ­ing KLA elements, are also involved in attempts to infiltrate and destabilize Macedonia. News reports, which began appearing as early as June 2000, highlighted the connection among organized smuggling rings, the KLA, and the political leadership in the ethnic Albanian area of western Macedonia.

– Gary Dampsey and Roger W. Fontaine of the Cato Institute, Fool’s Errands

The abductions [of five Macedonian road workers] were part of an increasing pattern of illegal detentions and kidnappings by ethnic Albanian fighters who call themselves the National Liberation Army (NLA)… “The NLA has failed to account for at least fourteen Macedonians abducted from Tetovo during the fighting in late July.” …The abuse started with a severe beating. Then one of the rebels used a knife to carve letters on the Macedonians’ backs and to cut them on other parts of their bodies. One of the rebels forced the men to perform oral sex on each other, and tried to anally rape one of the men with a wooden stick.

– Human Rights Watch, “Torture, Kidnappings by Albanians in Macedonia,” Aug. 2001

…with the aim of creating a “Greater Albania” or at least a “Greater Kosovo”. After months of ever more serious clashes in the Presevo Valley in Serbia, Kfor was alarmed this week when armed Albanians crossed into Macedonia, the Balkan state that provides Nato with its main supply route.

The Macedonian government has reinforced its troops on the Kosovo border after ethnic Albanian rebels killed a Macedonian commando on Wednesday. The trouble is also beginning to generate refugees. The United Nations said 95 ethnic Albanian women and children had fled to Kosovo from northern Macedonia. [Recall the “Serbian ethnic cleansing” concoction.]

In Kosovo, 10 Serbs were killed and 43 injured last week when a Kfor-escorted convoy transporting Serbs returning from a visit to relatives in southern Serbia was bombed. At the same time, fighting has increased in southern Serbia. Four people have been killed in recent clashes between Albanian militants and Serb police in the Presevo Valley.

Royal Marines have in recent weeks been deployed to patrol the snow-clad mountains to stop militants from slipping through dense forests into Serbia. They have also seized shipments of arms bound for the Presevo Valley.

But with no obvious “exit strategy”, the greatest fear of the peacekeepers is being sucked into a direct conflict with Albanian gunmen

UK Telegraph, Feb. 24, 2001

Exit strategy:

The remaining 150,000 Serbs “will all be gone after ten years.”

– High official in the International Organization for Migration in Kosovo, The Coming Balkan Caliphate

In the mid to long term there will be some kind of biological end to the problem here because, you know, one of the population(s) will simply disappear.

– KFOR commander Lt. Gen. Xavier de Marnhac in 2007, on the fact that the average age of a Kosovo Albanian was 28 and that of a Kosovo Serb was 54

I remember one day meeting the UN regional administrator for Mitrovica [David Mitchels] outside the UNMIK offices in Pristina and he told me that Kosovo would be better off if all the Serbs were gone.

– Iseult Henry, author of Hiding Genocide in Kosovo

Return to Kosovo [is] “just a smokescreen to trick the Serbs.”

– Interview with Iseult Henry, “I am a witness to the truth about Kosovo,” Pecat magazine, Aug. 15, 2010

The independence of Kosovo would be a clear “step” toward the restoration of the “Greater Albania” which was sponsored by Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany and which terrorised and exterminated Serbs, gypsies and Jews under the same banner now being flourished in Kosovo and, disgracefully, applauded by Washington and London.

– Letter to the Editor, Financial Times, by William D. Myers in Madrid, Dec. 2007

The Democratic Party of Albanians, DPA, the key Albanian partner in the ruling centre-right coalition [led] by VMRO-DPMNE, is leaving government…after Prime Minister and VMRO-DPMNE head Nikola Gruevski previously rejected a list of demands the DPA chief had given him on Monday [when] the party gave two days to Gruevski to change his mind and accept their demands.

The DPA wanted guarantees from Gruevski for the quick completion of six key issues, including the immediate closure of cases against former ethnic Albanian guerrillas that fought Macedonian security forces during a short conflict in 2001. The party also insisted on state pensions for former ethnic Albanian guerrillas, on making Albanian an official language across the country and on the wider integration of ethnic Albanians into public office.

In addition, DPA demanded further concessions on the use of the Albanian flag in municipalities where they form a large proportion of the population and urged swift recognition of neighbouring Kosovo’s independence. […]

– Balkan Insight, March 12, 2008

Albanian extremists talk about the start of a “hunting season” against Serbs every spring. In [the] Spring 2004 pogroms of Kosovo Serbs, the mob sprayed [grafitti] UCK! Allah Akbar! Morto Serbi! and UNMIK go home! on the ruins of Serb churches and houses. Busloads of Albanian hordes destroyed and burned everything Serbian, including more than 30 churches and monasteries (bringing the total to over 150 since the occupation began)….KFOR retreated “helplessy” before the hordes…Women and children with sticks and stones shielded the mob from UN-NATO men. According to Visoki Dečani Monastery cyber-monks, ethnically cleansed Serbs were put in KFOR shelters. Asked by an elderly Serb if he could do anything to get Serbs back to their homes, a police commander replied, “I can’t do anything even if you die here like animals”.

Before the pogroms, Kosovo Albanian leader Hashim Thaçi welcomed the return of Serbs to Kosovo. Four months later, his hordes set torches to houses prepared for the returnees, funded from tax and private contributions of Westerners. On the eve of the pogroms (16.3.2004), the European Parliament held hearings on abysmal human rights violations by the Kosovo extremists. According to UNMIK press report at the time, Thaçi visited the US deputy assistant secretary for Europe and Euro-Asia, Kathleen Stephens, who appreciated Thaçi’s “effort for creating necessary conditions for the well being of the citizens in areas such as the rule of law, the fight against crime and corruption, the dialogue, the returns, freedom of movement, economic development and privatization”…

Kosovo Serb Orthodox Church authorities recognized (17.3.2004) that [the] international community’s story of the Albanian leaders’ multiethnicity and democracy “has been and remains pure deception” to buy time for “complete rearmament and creation of paramilitary forces”. The “international community” had long lists of KLA war criminals, commanders and soldiers alike, but did little to prosecute them. After the attempts at pogroms in Čeglavica, based on their own intelligence, the church authorities unmasked “a general campaign by Kosovo Albanians…whose purpose is to destabilize the Province and expel the remaining Serbian population”.[123]

Some Western spokesmen, intelligence sources and strategic analysts, [including] from NATO and UN, concurred. [Most] US troops sat in Camp Bondsteel during the pogroms. A Kosovo Albanian journalist Veton Surroi of Koha Ditore daily said that Albanians had organized the “orchestrated phase” of violence in Kosovo in order to expell the Serbs…In preparation for the pogroms, the National Albanian American Council (NAAC) called for “recognition of independence” of Albanian Kosovo and “resolving Kosova’s final status in accordance with the will of the people”, and blamed Belgrade in advance. After the pogroms, NAAC blamed Serbian intelligence. The violence reflected [the] growing impatience of Albanians, whose leaders and parliamentarians used the self-created “opportunity” to call for independence. US neocon Morton Abramowitz, anti-Serbian since the beginning [of the] Yugoslavia break-up, blamed Serbia, NATO and EU for delaying independence and thus causing the violence. “Moderate” president Ibrahim Rugova believed only independence would cure extremism.

[The] Serbia-Montenegro army’s Gen. Mladen Cirković, in charge of intelligence, accused UN and NATO of ignoring his advance warnings of pogroms. General secretaries of NATO and UN condemned the pogroms as if KFOR and UNMIK didn’t know. Based on Serbian intelligence, Koštunica could point to the perpetrators, including KLA veterans and their comrades in Southern Serbia, all of them tied to KFOR, UNMIK, KPS, KPC paramilitary, and political parties. Those responsible for Kosovo security knew about Albanian pathological hatred of Serbs, but didn’t intervene. KFOR security was even relaxed at the checkpopints at Serb villages and at the Serb Orthodox Patriarchate in Peć, as if inviting the extremists…

– Piotr Bein, “Mass Deception,” Dec. 30, 2009

If he’s such a national hero, shouldn’t Albanians be converting to Catholicism en masse rather than Islamifying?

Or is Skanderbeg invoked by Albanians to keep one foot in each camp: anti-Ottoman and pro-Ottoman, the Christian world and the Muslim world, buttressing the truest Albanian religion of opportunism.

Albania: 300 years later, Vivaldi’s Scanderberg back to life
On stage in Tirana, thanks to collaboration with Italian Opera

(ANSAmed) - ROME, NOVEMBER 15 - They had been lost in the mists of time, but between them, the Tirana Opera and Ballet Theater and the Verona Academy for Italian Opera recovered the notes of Antonio Vivaldi’s opera ‘Scanderberg, the Knight in Love’. The opera centering on Skanderbeg, the 15th-century Albanian national hero, premieres at the Tirana Opera House on Sunday as part of the celebrations of Albania’s 100th year of independence from Ottoman rule. The Italian embassy in Tirana is also participating with a series of events.

…Tirana Opera Theater director, Zhani Ciko. ‘’The role of George Kastrioti Skanderbeg (1405-1468) was decisive in the fight against Turkish expansionism. In defending his land, he defended Christian, civilized Europe.'’ Unifying the Christian principalities of Epirus and Albania, Skanderberg fought the Turks for 25 years, a feat for which Pope Calixtus III called him ‘’the athlete of Christ'’ and ‘’defender of the faith.'’ ‘’The opera will re-cross the sea that divides and unites us, returning to its birthplace in time for the next Florentine Musical May,'’ Ciko said…

******UPDATE******

While productions about “Albanian” heroes are being staged, the Serbian ethnicity of the Albanian hero is ignored. (I myself hadn’t known that Skanderbeg was ethnically Serb.) Below is a translation of a news item (I’m not sure of its origins), making the rounds currently in Serbia, which I’ve had corroborated by historian Srdja Trifkovic ( “Medieval nobility were interrelated; Skanderbeg’s roots are well known”), and by self-respecting Serb Nebojsa Malic:

About 10 days ago an interesting event occurred in Albania in the Skenderbeg Museum in Kruji.

A friend of mine had told me that he was traveling to Albania on a business trip. I told him to be sure to visit the Skenderbeg Museum and I explained to him who Skenderbeg was.

And so he went off to Albania and visited the Skenderbeg Museum. And the museum curator was explaining who Skenderbeg was, this and that, and this friend of mine asked him that which I had taught him:

“And where are Skenderbeg’s father and brother buried?”

And the curator swallowed hard and said: “in the Serbian monastery Hilandar”.

My friend asked again: “Why there?”

And the curator said: “Well, you know, Skenderbeg and his family were great statesmen and they had good relations with other peoples”.

And the people in the tour group including a Swiss, a German and a Montenegrin listened in astonishment to what the curator was saying and then they asked my friend: “How is it that they are buried in the Serbian monastery?”

And my friend replied: “They were Serbs and Orthodox monks”.

The men in the group were shocked, as was my friend, because he could not believe that the entire nation of Albania exists on the basis of falsified history, on lies. It’s nothing new!

Malic’s take:

He was definitely a Serb on both sides of his family. I mean, look at his coat of arms: it’s the exact same as the sigil of the Serbian Imperial House, with the color of the eagle reversed. It’s not just a Christian symbol, but an Orthodox Christian symbol (it was a Byzantine adaptation of the Roman eagle, with the two heads symbolizing the union of Church and State under the Emperor). Russia’s Imperial Eagle is also derived from Byzantium, and also black.

There’s a common pattern of usurpation here: the Austrian “anthropologists” write up national templates for “Albanians” and “Bosnians” (in fact, I’ve even argued that Starcevic’s conception of Croats — Starcevic was the guy who formulated the Croat identity in crude anti-Serb terms as vicious as his anti-Semitism — was backed by Vienna as a way to create a Catholic Slav identity hostile to Serbs), then cherry-pick entirely inappropriate medieval symbolism, which is then fortified by atrocities. [i.e. Decimate the foundational people, so as to stake a claim to nationhood or identity of one’s own.]

Thus Skanderbeg is made into an Albanian hero (which he wasn’t), his colors become the flag of Albanian terror, and even a Waffen-SS division is named after him. This is like Gideon or Joshua being appropriated by the “Palestinians”… or if they adopted a red-on-black Star of David as their flag (instead of blue-on-white, that is).

It hasn’t been enough to just murder and expel the Serbs; the point was to steal their history, culture and identity as well.

Skanderbeg actually converted to Catholicism during the exile in Italy (the Catholics always made it a priority to convert people threatened by Islam; yet they never actually got around to saving them from Islamic conquest). So no wonder the Pope praised him.
Believing the official Albanian history requires so much cognitive dissonance, no wonder so many of them are insane.

Below is an imperfect Google translation from the Greek American News Agency. (See here for past references to the Greek leg of the bloody, ongoing imperial Albanian siege to recreate Greater Albania — Northern Epirus, or “Chameria/Tsamouria”.)

DISCLOSURE OF SHOCK! Albanians in New York raise question of Tsamouri! Where is the organized Greek community??

…As we reveal today, the day that Americans celebrate at the federal level every second Monday in October, the days of Christopher Columbus (Columbus Day) and accurately Monday, October 10 (2011) Albanians and Kosovars of America belonging to the so-called “Black-Red Alliance ” (Red and Black Alliance) made ​​a highly provocative act against Greece.

During the magnificent parade in 5th avenue in NY, which includes almost all the ethnic communities…and displayed throughout America, the Kosovar Albanians and supporters of the idea of “greater Albania” circulated with flags that included the “Great Albania” and the Greek Tsamouria.

The involvement of this challenging group dynamic presence fanatics Kosovar Albanians and the most popular holiday for Americans and run largely by Italians and Spaniards, Albanians and Kosovars to pioneer and leader in America fanatic Kreshnik Spahiu participated in this great parade with a central huge banner that read “Chameria is Albanian!” The banner was at the center of the parade and held [by a] group of young Albanians and Kosovar Albanian groups followed 100s and Kosovars who danced and chanted slogans and great Albania and enslaved Greek Tsamouria!

Indeed the previous day in promotional TV spot on local Albanian channel called the world to participate in the parade on the Avenue 5 with slogans like “Come to shout about our Tsamouria”, “Patriots come to show who owns the Tsamouria” and other equally provocative slogans like speaks Albanian to Albanian language in the rhythmic sounds of rap music. See and listen carefully to what the announcer says in the video documentary that reveals today. You do not need to know Albanian clear what he says. Give only a little attention to the speaker and watch the images on video.

During the grand parade to celebrate honor and commemorating Christopher Columbus, the 5th Avenue, which is considered one of the largest in America and especially in NY Albanians caused by slogans against Greece waving the Albanian flag with the map of greater Albania and focused point of Tsamouri the Greek Thessaly. Here another great quote from the great parade on the day of Christopher Columbus.

These images are snapshots not only saw the thousands of spectators and tourists who watched the parade in honor of Christopher Columbus saw a sizable portion of the American public of the major American television networks.

In making cuts to my already too-long exposé about the friend of terrorists, Republican Senate candidate Joe DioGuardi who on Tuesday deservedly lost 37% to 61%, one of the items that was cut appears below.

In addition to his other separatist, supremacist activities against the various regions of the former Yugoslavia, which I described in my piece this week, DioGuardi had been agitating on behalf of Albanian separatism in Macedonia since the early to mid 90s.

In 1995 the Macedonian constitution already provided for Albanian-language instruction in primary and secondary schools. As well, the government subsidized Albanian-language newspapers and TV. And in the city of Tetovo, for example, the mayor and police chief were ethnic Albanians. Nonetheless, in January 1995 an Albanian-language university opened in the city. The International Helsinki Federation of Human Rights noted at the time that “a map depicting ‘Greater Albania’ appears on the wall of the Dean’s office,” according to a 2001 analysis of the Macedonia conflict by historian Carl Savich. The Federation also found “that an academic curriculum at the school is non-existent. Instead, the university is a ‘parallel institution,’ based on the model or M.O. established in Kosovo with the University of Pristina.”

And yet, organizing rallies in New York in support of the university that February was none other than Joe DioGuardi. He was called out by then government spokesman Gjuner Ismail, who “stated that the creation of the Albanian-language university in Tetovo violated the Macedonian constitution and was politically motivated,” continued Savich, and that DioGuardi was “supporting and sponsoring Albanian separatism and secession, [which] constituted ‘a direct interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state.’” (DioGuardi tried to influence the Macedonian government to allow the university, with promises of good reports to Capitol Hill.)

Here he is in 1996 protesting in support of the rebel university, caption by his Albanian-American Civic League:


“The Civic League leads several delegations to Tetova in Western Macedonia to support the Albanian university there.” (The woman on the left holding the sign is his wife and co-propagandist, Shirley Cloyes DioGuardi; she appears in several of the photos in my main piece. Meanwhile, “Tetova” must be the usurpist pronunciation of Tetovo, just as “Kosovo” is “Kosova.” The DioGuardis also use insurrectionist geographic vocabulary for Greek Epirus, calling it “Chameria”.)

During the 2001 Albanian aggression on Macedonia, former State Dept. spokesman James Rubin — who along with his wife Christiane Amanpour had been major cheerleaders, eggers-on, and propaganda craftsmen of the Kosovo war — “conceded that the Albanian minority in Macedonia had adequate minority rights,” wrote Savich. Rubin also reminded the Albanian minority that any rights they perceived to be lacking could be achieved through democratic methods rather than guerrilla warfare every time. On CNN he acknowledged that the NLA (National Liberation Army) separatists were trying to create “a sort of Greater Albania.”

Among countless other provocations, by 2007 Albanians in Macedonia were demanding to fly the Albanian flag alone on public buildings and to have the 2001 insurgents receive government benefits. (Yes, you read that correctly. They wanted to be compensated for making war on the state.) And all this was with the Democratic Party of Albanians being part of Macedonia’s ruling coalition.

But let’s go back to 1999 and Kosovo for a moment. You can still view crisp Fox News Channel videos from that year, of DioGuardi and his wife making the case for American troops on the ground in Kosovo and/or arming the KLA. There is the pair, on camera — on “Hannity & Colmes,” for example — saying that Slobodan Milosevic is the contemporary Adolf Hitler, “sweeping through Europe” and not intending to stop with “exterminating” Kosovo Albanians but to continue on to Montenegro. (For what mission, we’re not told, but we’re to assume it’s the fictional, reluctantly-disproved-by-the-Hague “Greater Serbia” objective, which the DioGuardis would frequently cite as causing the problem.)

With 11 years of hindsight since these appearances, today one sees that what happened was the opposite of everything the Dynamic DioGuardi Duo said was happening or was going to happen. It is the Albanians who are sweeping through Europe; it is the Albanians who seek a Greater Albania; it is the Albanians who were and are ethnically cleansing and exterminating; and it is the Albanians who supported the Third Reich and are pursuing Hitler-era borders, devouring his and their enemy, the Serbs, to accomplish it.

That is, the DioGuardis accused Milosevic of doing everything that their clients were in the process of doing. In the 1973 book Propaganda, author Jacques Ellul defines the propagandist’s M.O.:

Propaganda of agitation succeeds each time it designates someone as the source of all misery, provided that he is not too powerful…The propagandist will not accuse his enemy of just any misdeed; he will accuse him of the very intention that he himself has, and trying to commit the very crime that he himself is about to commit.

At least twice in one of the videos, while denying that the KLA are funded by drugs and other unsavory endeavors and associations, DioGuardi chirps, “Where are you getting that? Tanjug? Have you been reading Tanjug?”

He doesn’t get an answer from Hannity, Colmes, or their other guest, Col. David Hackworth — who most likely got their information from that day’s Washington Times, which was reporting on the KLA’s drug and terror ties — he doesn’t get an answer because they have no idea what he’s talking about, or what he’s trying to say. He is trying to attribute the accusations against the KLA to Serbian propaganda, since Tanjug was the Yugoslavian state news agency. He’s accusing the Yugoslavian government of disseminating false information about the KLA. Which is actually what the KLA was doing to the Yugoslav government.

Indeed, it’s a marvel how precisely the propagadist glove, as defined by Ellul, fits the DioGuardis and their criminal clients. Even before the end of the year that we were successfully duped by the DioGuardis, the late reporter Daniel Pearl wrote that “Ethnic-Albanian militants, humanitarian organizations, NATO and the news media fed off each other to give genocide rumors credibility. Now, a different picture is emerging.”

As for Tanjug, which so had DioGuardi’s panties in a bunch, here is a glimpse of this Yugoslavian state news organ in the 1990s, from a reader named Alex:

In 1992 I spent the summer working at [Yugoslavia’s] national press agency Tanjug, thinking that I could see what is going on firsthand, and help translate articles and send articles to the American-Serbian paper. Julia, I was stumped by all of the Croats, Moslems, Slovenes, you name it, working at Tanjug — about half of the work force (for all the hype about Serbs being anti-Moslem and anti-Catholic). It was a huge fifth column in the heart of Belgrade while the Serbs were being slandered as the butchers of the Balkans. I figured that there was no way the Serbs could win the PR war with that attitude.

The reports in The States were that the Moslems were being slaughtered left and right by the Serbs, but there they were, free and earning a paycheck and eating popcorn and flaunting their political views and enjoying their lives in the center of Serbia, with the Serbs not wanting to let them go because they prided themselves on their multi-culturalism, and thought it would be unfair for the non-Serbs to lose their income and pensions!

Don’t you think the Serbs would have put people friendly to them in their national press agency during the worst propaganda campaign against Belgrade and the Serbs?

This isn’t to say that the news agency wasn’t also capable of disseminating false information. After all, if the United States government could successfully convince its public in 1991 that Saddam Hussein’s troops were tossing Kuwaiti babies out of incubators to die on the cold floor, then certainly a communist government was capable of false propaganda as well. However, most of the news coverage I’ve gotten over the years from Tanjug (usually made available via the BBC Monitoring service) has checked out, either against other sources, or after time has borne the case out. Just this month saw another example, thanks to Andy Wilcoxson’s monitoring of the Karadzic trial. He cites the prosecution’s protected witness KDZ185 on the subject of how Serbs were trying to relieve the humanitarian crisis in Sarajevo while the Bosnian Muslims were doing everything to exacerbate it:

The witness confirmed the accuracy of a Tanjug News report (exhibit D352) that said on March 5, 1993 the Muslims attacked a humanitarian aid convoy that had been organized by the Serbian Orthodox church, and that the aid on the convoy was intended for the residents of Sarajevo regardless of their ethnicity.

But back to DioGuardi. A final point: Some of the same people who had DioGuardi on Fox News to let him make the case for his war (and who didn’t buy his case), had him on again last week to promote his candidacy for Senate. It goes without saying that they — and by ‘they’ I mean Sean Hannity — never made DioGuardi answer for the fact that everything he told viewers 11 years earlier had been a lie, that the opposite was true — including everything he denied about the KLA — and that we’re much worse off for it. Eleven years of hindsight about the true aggressors in that conflict, 11 years of revelations about the Albanian agenda and the Albanian danger to this country, and no questions were asked. Not on Hannity’s show, not on “Fox ‘n Friends,” where this charlatan also appeared, and not on “Morning Joe” with Joe Scarborough on MSNBC. Instead, DioGuardi was presented as a fit candidate for Senate.

Self-immolation. That’s what Hebrew University professor Rafael Israeli called what DioGuardi had us do in Kosovo. From a March 1999 op-ed in The Jerusalem Post:

If this new form of international piracy is allowed to continue, more foci of unrest will arise at the heart of the West. Instead of focusing the struggle against the the rising threat of fundamentalist Islam (in which the Serbs have stood in the forefront, first in Bosnia and now in Kosovo), the West will make a grave error if it weakened itself in this exercise of self-immolation that is hard to understand, much less to condone.

The lawmakers who pushed for this and for facilitating subsequent Albanian misadventures, the lawmakers whom my piece listed as having been, essentially, bought by the DioGuadi mafia, sold off American security when they sold off themselves. The earliest Albanian purchase — after DioGuardi himself — was of course Bob Dole. There was a quote about Dole by Benjamin Works — the military affairs analyst who had written the article “Buying an Intervention: Kosovo and Albanian PAC Money in Congress” — which I wasn’t able to include in the DioGuardi article. So I’ll end with it below:

[A]ll along it has been the ethnic nationalist fascist losers of World War II in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo who have been exploiting the political process in Germany and the United States. Their goal has been to effect the division of Yugoslavia and the cleansing of Serbian populations from their territories, while purporting that “Greater Serbia” was the menace to European security and not the post-fascist “Greater Croatia” and “Greater Albania.”

Mr. Dole incessantly “waves the bloody shirt” with the wound he received under honorable conditions during his brief combat service with the 10th Mountain Division in northern Italy. But, since at least the mid-1980s (and likely back to his 1976 Presidential campaign), Mr. Dole has been in league with the fascist enemies of the US and their children in abetting the erection of a neo-fascist state in Croatia and a state headed by an identified Nazi youth leader, Alija Izetbegovic, in Bosnia. Dole has also attempted to steal Kosovo for the heirs of the Albanians who served in the SS Skanderbeg Mountain Division. In this scheming, Mr. Dole has betrayed his own military service and broken faith with all American and Allied veterans of World War II. It was not for this easy campaign money and twisted policy that my father and uncles fought the Germans and Japanese.

Three reports on the incident below: They Killed him Because he Spoke Greek

Tension prevails in Himara after the assassination of Aristotelis Goumas, 37, member of the Greek minority in Albania. The incident happened Thursday night in the village Campi in Castro of Himara in South Albania.

The incident started when three Albanians asked Goumas to stop speaking Greek in his shop. The dispute led to beating of the Greek, who managed to escape and complain to his friends.

Later at night the three Albanians detected the Greek again on a land road and caused an accident in which Goumas lost his life.

The police has arrested six people. According to North Epirus News Agency nenanews.eu the suspects are aged 19-25 years old. [As I said before, that’s not an age. It’s a profile.]

Greek MEGA TV reported that the Albanians told the police, that the Greek was blocking the road with his motorcycle and that they hit him and had their car crash on the motorcycle because he spoke to them in Greek.

Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman, Grigoris Delavekouras, condemned the death of Aristotelis Goumas saying that “Unacceptable criminal acts like that aim to arouse ethnic tension with unpredictable consequences and undermine the bilateral relations between Greece and Albania. It must be condemned by the entire Albanian society and its political representatives.” [Good luck with that.]

As Greek minority members are not part of any demographic census in Albania there are not exact numbers. In a 1995 ethnological study, the number of ethnic Greeks in the Northern Epirus alone, are estimated at 40,000. […]

Southern Epirus is the next target of Albanian irredentists, with KLA-like paramilitaries forming and making threats since 2007 and calling the sought-after region (”Tsamouria”) Chameria. Much like Kosovo=>Kosova.

Relatedly, note that travelers to Kosovo get advisories about speaking Slavic tongues there. Who can forget the multilingual Bulgarian UN aid worker — wearing a jacket reading “New York, United States” and learning Albanian “to get close to the local people” — who was shot by young Albanians when they asked him the time in Serbian and he responded in kind. As the website run by Jared Israel, Srpska-Mreza, commented: “It was Mr. Krumov’s first day on the job and he did not know that it was deadly to know a Slavic language in NATO occupied Kosovo.” In memoriam:

U.N. Official Killed in Kosovo
By George Jahn
Associated Press Writer
Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1999

PRISTINA — A staffer working for the U.N. civilian mission in Kosovo was shot and killed after his first day on the job, apparently when he angered ethnic Albanians by speaking what sounded like Serbian, an international police official said today.

Valentin S. Krumov, 38, was shot Monday evening on the main street of the capital, Pristina, on his way to dinner after arriving for duty earlier in the day. Lt. Col. Dmitry Kapotsev said he was attacked by a mob.

“It seems like he was speaking Serbian, maybe Bulgarian,” Kapotsev said of Krumov, a Bulgarian national.

“A crowd of local citizens assaulted him,” Kapotsev said. “He was taken by a mob … and shot dead.”

The victim was believed to be the first U.N. staffer killed since the United Nations began running Kosovo in June. He was shot just two days before U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan arrives Wednesday for his first visit to the province.

The chief U.N. administrator in Kosovo, Bernard Kouchner, expressed outrage over the attack.

“Our staffers here, under trying circumstances, are devoting their lives to establish peace and rebuild Kosovo,” he said in a prepared statement. “This innocent man who came here to help Kosovo to achieve a democratic way of life [sic!] was instead stopped by a crowd of thugs and an assassin’s bullet.”

Neither the peacekeepers nor international police who arrived in August have been able to quell sporadic ethnic violence - much of it directed against the dwindling Serb minority by ethnic Albanians…

Serbian, a Slavic language, could sound similar to other Slavic languages to those unfamiliar with it. A Polish police officer who asked to remain unidentified said he never speaks his own language because of concerns he could be targeted by ethnic Albanians mistaking it for Serbian. Ethnic Albanians themselves have reported receiving threats when speaking Serbo-Croatian with visiting friends from Croatia or Bosnia.

Kapotsev said that with emotions running high and gun possession widespread among the Kosovo Albanian population, incidents like the shooting could be repeated “anywhere, anytime.”

Krumov had arrived in Pristina on Monday from New York, U. N. officials said. He was shot near the Grand Hotel, where many employees of international organizations stay while working in Kosovo. Preliminary reports indicated that Krumov was attacked after someone in the crowd had asked him in Serbian for the time.

A suspect escaped on foot, apparently helped by other local residents crowding the street, police said.

U.N. officials said Krumov had a job in the civilian part of the U.N. mission in Kosovo - not in any military or police operation. He was in civilian clothes at the time of the shooting.

From the Australian Macedonian Advisory Council:

Say My Name by Dean Kalimniou

…Just three months after the official state visit of Greek PM Karamanlis to Albania, a visit touted as a great success by his government, and his undertaking to support Albania’s accession to the EU, the Albanian PM, Sali Berisha, former doctor of the paranoid Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha, has chosen to reciprocate, by announcing his plans to change all Greek toponyms in Albania to ones derived from “ancient Albanian.”

The ludicrousness of such a decision is immediately apparent. Firstly, no archaeological or literary records exist, attesting to an ancient Albanian language…The vast majority of toponyms in Southern Albania and coastal Albania are of Greek origin, simply because these places were or are founded and inhabited by Greeks…To change the names of these places is to deny their history.

One may ask why this is particularly offensive. After all, Greece too has indulged in intensive name changing, especially of Turkish and Slavic toponyms. The answer lies in the fact that most of these toponyms have been altered subsequent to the passage of those ethnic groups from the regions in question. Slavs have not existed in any significant numbers in Epirus for hundreds of years. Yet the prevalence of Slavic toponyms and words in the local patois attests to a time when Serbian kings such as Stefan Dušan incorporated much of Greece into their empire. The changing of these is thus inoffensive, since the intention is not to deny the Serbian occupation of Greece, which is a historical fact, but rather, to revert toponyms to their original forms.

In Berisha’s case, the opposite seems to be the case. Given that Northern Epirus forms part of the same cultural and geographical entity as southern Epirus, the prevalence of Slavic toponyms such as Lambovo, Gorantzi, and Kossovitsa for Greek villages, is also acute. If Berisha sought to revert to original names for these places, pre-dating their inclusion within Serbian and Bulgarian medieval empires, the only names he should find would be Greek, as up until the twentieth century, Albanians had not existed in any appreciable numbers in this geographic region. Berisha’s intent is thus clear: By imposing upon villages in which Greeks still reside, Albanian names, he seeks to deny their inhabitants their basic right to freely choose their ethnic and cultural affiliation. In short, he seeks to deny the historical Greek character of those villages and towns

Acknowledging a people’s current and historical presence in a region does not in any way impinge upon a nation’s sovereignty. At no stage since the fall of the Albanian communist regime have the slightest hint of irredentist or secessionist intentions been made by either Greece or the Northern Epirotes. Berisha’s act is thus racist and highly offensive and it is embarrassing for the Greek government to undertake to support the accession of such a politically immature country to the EU.

Indeed, the Greek government’s lack of protest at yet another abrogation of the human rights of ethnic Greeks in Albania exposes their stated ‘concern’ as to the welfare of Greeks living beyond the borders of Greece, as mere rhetoric…Greek foreign ministry officials are quick to meddle in the political affairs of the Greek minority but rather slow to defend them when their rights are compromised. Northern Epirote organisations within the region and around the world have expressed their indignation at the fact that not once during Karamanlis’ expression of empty platitudes, did he substantially address the vast gamut of problems endured by the Greeks of Albania.

Even more concerning is the fact that Berisha’s announcement comes just days after the Albanian Cabinet rejected an application by His Beatitude, the Orthodox Archbishop of Albania, Anastasios, to build a private educational institution. The Orthodox Church in Albania and its saintly Primate have played a key role in the reconstruction of Albania and the provision of welfare to all Albanian citizens, regardless of ethnic or religious affiliation. Nonetheless, the Church’s application was rejected, not on its merits, but rather because the proposed name of the school was to be “Logo” (from λόγος the Greek word for the ‘Divine Word.’) […]

Imagine the uproar if countries hosting large Albanian minorities — even though those minorities are always irredentist and secessionist — started de-Albanizing the names of places. But this is what Albanians do to the far less seditious minorities living among them. The writer summarized Albania best: racist and politically immature — indeed, politically tantrumous. Now, what does that say about Albania’s even more volatile, evil, degenerate spawn, “Kosova”?

And yet “mature” countries like the U.S. are trying to con the world into thinking this non-country is all ready for international organizations like the IMF and NATO — a way of legitimizing Kosovo by stealth as usual, making statehood a fait accompli:

U.S. Hosts Republic of Kosovo’s Signing Ceremony of the Articles of Agreement of the International Monetary Fund and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

June 29, 2009

MODERATOR: Good morning, and thank you for joining us today. As a depositary for the Bretton Woods Accords, the United States is pleased to host this ceremony for the Republic of Kosovo’s signature and acceptance of the Articles of Agreement of the International Monetary Fund and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Before we begin, I would like to introduce Deputy Secretary James Steinberg, who will be accepting Kosovo’s instruments of acceptance of the agreements. I would also like to introduce President Fatmir Sejdiu and Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, who will be signing the agreements for Kosovo.

At this time, I would like to invite President Sejdiu and Prime Minister Thaci to sit at the Treaty Table and sign the International Monetary Fund and World Bank agreements. The president and prime minister are now signing the International Monetary Fund agreement.

MODERATOR: The president and prime minister are now signing the World Bank agreement.

(Applause.)

DEPUTY SECRETARY STEINBERG: Well, thank you all very much. Thank you, Mr. President and Mr. Prime Minister. On behalf of Secretary Clinton, I’m just delighted to be here at this really momentous occasion to congratulate you and the people of Kosovo for this magnificent achievement. It’s one of the nice privileges that goes with being the Deputy Secretary of State here in the United States and our role in the IMF and the World Bank to be able to serve as the depositary for the IMF and the World Bank and to have the honor of accepting these agreements.

And this is a – it’s a very memorable occasion, indeed. The documents that you’ve just signed are documents to two of the most important international institutions that we have. The World Bank and the IMF reflect the cooperation of the broader international community to address the economic challenges that we all face, and they will be important partners for you, as you continue the journey that you’ve embarked on over the last decade to build a stronger and more capable Kosovo for all of your people, and they will be important partners for you. And it really represents your growing integration into the international community, which is something that we all welcome and are delighted to see happen.

This is really a sign of your being a contributor and a participant in some of the most important work that the international community does. This will help you develop a sound budget and sustainable fiscal policies and to work with you. And we stand ready to support your efforts, and have pledged $150 million to help Kosovo reduce its debt. So you have an opportunity here to use the bank and the fund to help build a strong economic climate for investment in your country, to build transparent rule-of-law institutions that will attract investment and create jobs. And this is something that the United States is very deeply committed to.

The Vice President was honored to be able to visit you recently. And the Secretary and I are committed on behalf of the State Department to continue those efforts as well. So congratulations to you for this fine achievement, and we look forward to our cooperation both in the IMF and the Bank and bilaterally in the days and months ahead. Thank you. (Applause.)

PRIME MINISTER THACI: (Via interpreter) Honorable Mr. Steinberg, Honorable representatives of the World Bank and the Monetary Fund, now the – now Kosovo has built its own institutions which are transparent and efficient. We have the rule of law and we have the perspective of implementing the democratic institutions. This is the new history of Kosovo, and we have worked for this together very much. Kosovo’s membership in IMF and the World Bank has not only economic repercussions, but also political. It strengthens the sovereignty of our country, opens up prospects for the economic development of the country, and creates the work for an independent Kosovo. […]

The KLA just announced that Kosovo’s institutions are already transparent and efficient and that the rule of law exists in Kosovo. Well that’s a relief — phew!

Kuwait, Albania ink fraternity accord, Feb. 5th:

Kuwait and Albania signed yesterday a “Document of Fraternity” between Ahmadi and Albania governorates, and both sides reached an agreement to implement this document with all relevant procedures and protocols. The document was signed on the Kuwaiti side by Ahmadi Governor Sheikh Dr. Ibrahim Duaij Al-Ibrahim Al-Sabah and on the Albanian side by Governor Edi Rama.

The document stipulates the promotion of good relations and the exchange of experience in order to further the development and understanding among people to achieve prosperity and advancement for all citizens.

It also calls for cooperation and exchange of experience and knowledge in all fields of local administration, particularly in preserving and restoring national heritage, environmental protection, architectural planning and urban development, cultural and sports exchange, promoting and developing economic cooperation and trade exchange, and promoting scientific and technological cooperation.

Governor Rama expressed his appreciation for the generosity and warmth with which he was received upon arrival in Kuwait two days ago, and lauded the level of friendship that tied his country with the Gulf state. Ahmadi governor welcomed the Albanian guest and recounted the deep relations that bound the two sides, which he said were fostered through the visit of His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah to the European state in December 2007, as well as the visit by the Albanian parliament speaker in mid-January. The two sides exchanged commemorative gifts on this occasion, following which the Albanian delegation visited the exhibition of Kuwait Oil Company. - KUNA

It certainly doesn’t bode well for the future of al-Banians’ professed “pro-Jewishness”. From Thursday’s lefty Israeli Haaretz newspaper:

Kosovar PM: Our independent nation will not be Islamic

By Adar Primor

Just days before declaring Kosovo’s independence, Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, the “Ben Gurion of Kosovo,” called on Israel to recognize his nation’s independence. [The Ben Gurion of Kosovo title is for the benefit of the Israel leg of the al-Banian propaganda.] “We would like and we expect Israel to be on board with all those democratic countries of the world which will immediately recognize Kosovo’s independence,” says Thaci in an interview with Haaretz. And he also wants to reassure us: Under no circumstances will independent Kosovo be an Islamic nation.

Next Sunday, February 17, is the date on which, according to most indications, Thaci will declare Kosovo’s independence. It will put an end to hundreds of years of Ottoman, Yugoslavian and Serbian rule, which saw oppression and ethnic cleansing in the region. [By Albanians.] The bloodshed ended only in 1999 after NATO’s bombing campaign against Slobodan Milosevic’s Serbian forces. [That’s when the bloodshed started.]

Independence Day celebrations are already underway. [Some good Serb-shootin’ ahead!] As is the declaration of independence. “The declaration of Kosovo’s independence is inspired by the Kosovar people’s will,” says Thaci. “Regarding the issue of flag, anthem and other national symbols, there are specific committees set up for these purposes. Kosovo’s state symbols will all be ready on Independence Day.”

Israel is also a source of inspiration. “I love Israel,” said Thaci in December 2007 to a JTA reporter. “It’s a wonderful country,” said the man who used to be the tough political leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), sounding to the journalist like a child recalling his last trip to Disney World.

His impressions were apparently influenced by the network of contacts he made here. Dov Weisglass, former prime minister Ariel Sharon’s adviser, was involved in a recent trip he made to Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu’s former adviser, American Arthur Finkelstein gave him political advice, and the former governor of the Bank of Israel, David Klein offered him economic advice. [a.k.a. Jewish Suckers]

Subsequently it might not be surprising that Thaci considers Sharon a “great leader.” He has the same opinion of Benjamin Netanyahu. Actually it is surprising: Sharon was one of the few leaders who supported Slobodan Milosevic, and in 1999 came out against the separatist Albanians. As foreign minister during the Kosovo war, Sharon warned of the establishment of “Greater Albania,” which would become a center for spreading Islamic terror in Europe. Because he was afraid of creating a precedent whose consequences were liable to affect the Middle East as well, Sharon added that belligerent intervention of the kind used by NATO in Kosovo should not be legitimized.

Thaci also denies the “Greater Albaniascenario: “Albanians living in Albania live in their own independent country. Kosovars [90 percent of whom are ethnic Albanians] will also live and build their future in their independent Kosovo. The phrase of the so-called ‘Greater Albania’ is also false and Serbian propaganda. The future of Kosovo and Albania together with the rest of the Western Balkan countries lies within the European Union and this is the only point which brings all of us together.”

The argument that Kosovar independence would create an Islamic state in the heart of Europe, a state that would rely on Saudi and Iranian support, is even more insulting to him. “This question does not even deserve a comment,” he says, and nevertheless decides to reply. “If there is any model in the world that illustrates the good coexistence of various religious communities, it’s Kosovo. These false arguments have been launched by the Slobodan Milosevic regime and belong to the past.”

At a time when in Turkey, which also wants to join Europe, the battle over the religious character of the state is heating up, Thaci promises: “Kosovo is going to be a democratic and secular state of all its citizens, and the freedom to exercise religion without any hindrance is granted by the Kosovo Constitution.” [Of course, what’s on paper isn’t responsible for what the Albanian majority chooses to do to those of a different religion or culture.]


(Last photo is of Kosovo village Brod, from TurkishPress.com)

Continued:

Experts on the Balkans believe that Kosovo can in fact become a unique model. The Kosovars tend to emphasize their nationality far more than their religious identity, which was forced on them by the Ottomans in the 15th and 16th centuries. Even today, it is claimed, one can find many more radical Islamists in London or Brooklyn than in all of Kosovo. Kosovar society is mainly secular, its Islam is moderate and will remain so, one reason being that the new state will not be able to survive outside of the European arena. [Of course, London and Brooklyn aren’t about to give their land away to secular Muslims so that the Islamists can solidify the caliphate through the Western-ceded territories.]

Thaci, 39, was born in the Drenica Valley - a bastion of Albanian nationalism in Kosovo and the focus of the armed struggle against Serbian rule. He studied philosophy and political science at the University of Pristina, and was one of the student leaders in the years 1989-1991.

He was involved in organizing demonstrations against Belgrade and in clandestine training of armed groups. In 1995 he continued his studies in Switzerland, where he was also involved in raising money to fund the rebellion. When he returned to Kosovo, Thaci assumed the nom de guerre “the Snake,” and within a short time became the political leader of the KLA - “the Gerry Adams [former leader of the political arm of the IRA] of Kosovo,” was the nickname given to him in some Western capitals.

And as for Russian intervention? “The Cold War is over, and in any case together with UNMIK [the UN Civil Administration] and KFOR [the NATO peacekeeping force] we have undertaken all necessary steps to be able to respond promptly to any kind of situation.”

“Kosovo is a unique case,” he claims repeatedly, without elaborating. “It should not represent any precedent. [Because I say so!] Kosovo’s independence will be the cornerstone for the peace and stability in the Balkans. This excludes completely the possibility of any negative domino effect. Kosovo’s independence will usher in a long period of peace and cooperation.” [Translation: Kosovo’s non-independence will usher in a long period of violence, since we basically have guns pointed at KFOR troops, which is why the West backs our independence so strongly.]

Meanwhile, in response to a December commentary by Adar Primor — the author of the interview above and apparently Haaretz’s official shill for Greater al-Bania — Jim Jatras wrote the following letter, which the newspaper had agreed to publish but then inexplicably didn’t:

In his recent commentary advocating Israel’s support for Kosovo independence, Mr. Adar Primor cited, and then disregarded, several arguments as to why such support would be harmful to Israel’s interests. Those arguments were taken directly, without attribution, from a recent paper published by the Begin-Sadat Center of Bar-Ilan University, co-written by myself and the distinguished authority on global jihad movements, Dr. Serge Trifkovic. Neither Mr. Adar’s casual dismissal of the warnings sounded in that paper nor the faulty reasons he gives in favor of Israel’s approval of an independent Muslim Kosovo can go unanswered .

As to the arguments Dr. Trifkovic and I advanced in our paper, it is significant that Mr Primor did not take time to refute them. If Russia’s veto as a Permenent Member of the Security Council is circumvented with respect to Kosovo, why is he so sure that America’s veto protection for Israel will not be weakened? If Serbia’s identity and Christian spiritual heritage are trashed, why is he so sure that the value of Israel’s Jewish patrimony — so precious not only to Israelis but to many American Christians — will not be similarly debased?

Mr. Primor’s arguments regarding the Islamic factor in Kosovo are particularly disturbing. Space did not allow an exhaustive exposition of the jihadist significance of Kosovo in the BESA paper, but there can be no doubt of its relevance. The deep roots the global jihad network, including al-Qaida, have put down in Kosovo during the period of UN and NATO administration have been reported and analyzed in detail by Shaul Shay (of Herzliya University’s International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism and the IDF’s Department of History) in his book, Islamic Terror in the Balkans; and by Christopher Deliso in The Coming Balkan Caliphate. Is it insignificant that four of the six arrestees in a plot to attack Ft. Dix in New Jersey are Albanian Muslims from the Kosovo region? Are beheadings less an evidence of a jihad motivation when the victims are Serbs than when they are Jews, Hindus, or Filipinos? Is there no ideological clue as to the perpetrators’ motivations when attacks on churches target in particular crosses and icons?

The myth of “moderate,” “secular” Kosovo Albanian society is persistent and misleading. Kosovo Albanians are overwhelmingly Sunni Muslims. Even as hundreds of Christian shrines have been destroyed since 1999, they have been replaced by hundreds of mosques paid for by Saudi Arabian and Gulf States money — complete with the Wahhabist ideological software that goes with them. Catholics, once up to five percent of Kosovo’s population, are now under one percent, and half of those are Croats living in Serbian enclaves.

Projecting pious hopes of “moderation” on supposedly secular Muslims because they drink alcohol, don’t wear veils, etc., is a dangerous misunderstanding of jihadist mentality. As expositors of jihadist ideology have pointed out, even an apostate Muslim, like Saddam Hussein or Gamal Abdel Nasser, when claiming to fight for a “nationalist” concept are really advancing the cause of Islam if leading the ummah against the kafirun. Just as Palestinian “nationalism” has morphed into a jihad movement, leaving no place for Christians (no matter how militant they are, like the terrorist George Habash), there will soon be no place for the tiny remnant of Albanian Catholics in a monoreligious Islamic Kosovo.

Not too long ago in Brussels I asked a member of the European Parliament why the “democratic and enlightened” world, as Mr. Primor calls it, was so keen to reward the Kosovo Albanians’ violence and intolerance. He looked me right in the eye and said, “Because we’re afraid of them.” That is the sad truth lying particularly behind my country’s policy as well. Earlier this year House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos stated that he hoped “jihadists of all color and hue” would take note that the U.S. is “foursquare behind the creation of a predominantly Muslim country in the very heart of Europe.” The consequences of such an idea, reflecting nothing more than fear of violence and a desperate hope to appease the jihadists, should be obvious. That they are not to Mr. Lantos, a well-known friend of Israel, is disturbing, but here in America the price to be paid still seems remote. Israel does not have the luxury of such delusions.

Last month I mentioned that a Serb was stabbed by an Albanian at a Greek festival in Ottawa. I recently heard from someone who was there:

To start off, I was personally involved in the fight (one of the 3 people that actually did something about it) — me, my other Serbian friend and a Croat (my friend also). After couple of hours of their provocations we decided to go and talk to them, we told them to stop provoking and remove the [Albanian] flag since it is insulting to Greeks and Serbs present. The provocations only intensified and 10 minutes after, the fight broke out.

Although improbable, none of the other 50 Serbs present helped when 7-9 Albanians started jumping on us. But then we didn’t expect them to, and as it happened (excuse the language) we kicked their asses on our own and 30 sec after, they were running to escape. After they did escape all the other Serbs and Greeks started celebrating again and saying “KOSOVO JE SRBIJA”. [Kosovo is Serbian] I was glad that, that was over and happy none of us 3 got hurt…

But it took only a minute and we realized that our friend (Simo, as we call him) who was just watching by the side got stabbed in the abdomen. What actually happened (later other people told me)…one Albanian fall on the ground and took out a knife and stabbed the closest person to him then he turned around with the knife and pointed it towards one of us but (apparently); as I hit him in the head he dropped it… I don’t remember seeing a knife at all but that’s what people told me. So I consider myself lucky.

The same happened to a 15 year old that was watching, well he didn’t get stabbed but another Albanian, as we brought him to the ground, got up and in rage started hitting on that kid and practically made his face bleed real bad. Then he tried to get back to the fight but he was smashed to the ground again. Today, our friend Simo is better. He lost a lot of weight and can’t drink much alcohol because his liver was punctured…

Moreover, we really tried to find out who these people were but all in vain. Police here are a joke, they want pictures???? Makes me laugh, as if people in that kind of situation are going to take pictures???!!! We told them who the stabber was and they let him go after a day or 2. All along there were 2 policemen watching these events unfold but they were probably too scared to do anything, instead of helping they just stand there and waited until it was over. SHAME!!! Even after the fight stopped, they were so in shock that I don’t think [they] were doing their job as they should. I mean the group of [Albanians] was still there and yelling at us — the stabber was there, but they didn’t do anything!

Last thing, news papers lied about the events. They said that [to] the Greek festival two other ethnic minorities brought flags and Serbians felt provoked by the other minority. NOT TRUE! Even though our Folklore group was participating in the show, there was NOT 1 SERB flag. Not 1!!!!! And Greeks felt provoked as much as we did when these idiots brought their ugly flag and started talking/yelling some stuff about a Greek part of the land being theirs. I don’t know fully what was the deal there but it seems that Albanians want some piece of Greek land just as they want Kosovo. I guess!

Indeed they do.

Albanian Gunmen Hijack Bus in Italy

Albanian Terror Suspects Appear in Court in Montenegro

Albanians set Montenegrin Flag on Fire

Albanians attack Serbs, steal cattle near border with Kosovo

Ethnic Albanian ‘revolutionary’ stirs up new wave of dissent in Kosovo

Serbian Church Condemns Calls for Destruction of Churches

UN Police Break up Kosovo Protest

2 protesters died of rubber bullet wounds in clashes in Kosovo, police say

U.N. fires its Kosovo police chief after deaths (Because people will notice if an Albanian dies in Kosovo, whereas no one notices the sometimes weekly killings of Serbs, much less gets fired over it. If you have any doubt that Serb-hunting is a legal sport in Kosovo, here is just one of several hundred examples that illustrate it. Meanwhile, the rest-in-peacekeepers aren’t allowed to use deadly force to prevent it, because then an Albanian could die, and people would notice.)

UN goes on the defensive after 2 deaths in Kosovo (Whereas no defense or explanation is required for the past eight years of dead Serbs.)

Explosion damages three U.N. vehicles in Kosovo

Montenegro accuses ethnic Albanians of plotting insurgency (Five of the 14 arrested are U.S. citizens, and at least one of them has been a steady contributor to Tom Lantos’s campaigns.)

Ethnic Albanians Demand Release of Terrorist Suspects (using the familiar ploy of referring to the terror suspects as “American Citizens”)

Ethnic Albanians protest outside U.S. Embassy, demand release of terrorist suspects (Meanwhile: “Kosovo and Albanians in general have always and continue to take an active part in the war against global terrorism.” — U.S. ally Hashim Thaci, “former” terrorist and head of Democratic Party of Kosovo, upon hearing about the Ft. Dix arrests.)

Two Kosovo Albanian (Boys) Rape a Five Year-old Girl (in Switzerland) (Mind this sentence from a 1987 NYT article: “Slavic Orthodox churches have been attacked, and flags have been torn down. Wells have been poisoned and crops burned. Slavic boys have been knifed, and some young ethnic Albanians have been told by their elders to rape Serbian girls.” My point, yet again: whether it’s raping the host society’s females or shooting up its military, it happened to the Serbs first, and the rest of us are merely reaping the consequences of not studying their example and of viewing their experiences in a vacuum; like Israelis, the Serbs have been the canary in the mine shaft.)

FBI searches in Albania for radioactive material intended for terrorism attacks

Kosovo Albanian drug-boss admits friendship with al Qaeda leader

Albanian Sought by Italy Captured in New Jersey

Albanians in Southern Serbia Press for Greater Autonomy

Police Attacked in South Serbia

And now, for the piece de resistance…Drum Roll Please…GREECE IS NEXT:

Albanians in Greece Form Paramilitary Formation (a.k.a. “Greater Albania Project Moves On”)

See the video here. (From Tirana-based TV station News 24)

In it, one of eight armed and masked men sits at a desk with US and EU flags, reading a statement that the “UCC” has been created. (From “UCK,” which is the Albanian acronym for KLA; just substitute the “K” for Kosovo with a “C” for Chamuria. Chamuria is the name that Albanians have given to Epirus, an area near northern Greece’s border with Albania. So just like Kosovo = “Kosova”, here Epirus = Chamuria.) On the wall behind the speaker is an Albanian flag and a map of “Chamuria”.

At least there’s this, from a translated report by Albanian newspaper Gazeta Shqiptare on April 28:

Greeks in Albania Call for Independence ( “demanding no more than what Albania was demanding for Kosova” ) Get this: Albanian politicians in Tirana are pissed off by this statement by one ethnically Greek mayor in Albania, saying — get ready — that his declaration “violates Albania’s territorial integrity” and that “they reflect an open, anti-constitutional position.” (Only Albanians are allowed to violate a sovereign’s territorial integrity… unconstitutionally and with the support of the international community.)

And just some oldies but goodies:

General Who Ordered Attacks on Canadian Troops Becomes Prime Minister of Kosovo

Balkans: Cia Probes Possible Kosovo Links To London Blasts

We’ll fight Nato troops, warn Albanian rebels

Albanian threat to kill UK peacekeepers

Albanian gunmen training for war: Guerrillas fire on British troops trying to keep the peace in the bit of Serbia that Kosovo wants

OK, I get it. We’re just in too deep to reverse course. How much deeper should we dig?