This was a letter from Kosovo posted on the Chicago Tribune Forum earlier this month by attorney and activist John Bosnitch:

I am writing to you from a Serbian Monastery grounds just outside the city of Prizren in southern Kosovo and Metohija. When I arrived here several hours ago I had to stand outside in the rain while a German NATO soldier checked my documents behind a wall of barricades and razor wire protected by well-armed troops secured behind armored bunkers. The razor wire is here to stop the Albanians from coming in here and killing the monks and destroying this holy place which predates the Ottoman Turkish occupation of these Christian lands centuries ago.

I told you that I am writing to you from the monastery “grounds” because the monastery itself was destroyed by Albanian mobs under the very eyes of NATO troops who did nothing to stop them when they went on a coordinated pogram against Serbs, especially targeting their Christian churches, more than four years ago in a modern day re-enactment of Hitler’s Kristallnacht Pogrom against the Jews.

Earlier today I visited the one and only remaining Serbian farmer and his wife holding out inside their barricaded farmhouse on a main North-South highway through Kosovo. He cannot leave his home to buy food, to go to a doctor, or even to meet someone without risking his life or that of his wife were he to leave her in the farm compound alone. Both of them cried in front of my eyes when I asked them if NATO had helped them or protected them. Specifically, the man said, “the ethnic cleansing that the Albanian extremists have conducted against all other ethnicities (not just Serbs!) in Kosovo could only have been accomplished with the presence of NATO, which effectively made it impossible for the minorities to defend themselves”.

I earlier drove through four villages that were entirely Serbian and found not a single Serb living there (even in hiding).

I drove past graveyards where the Serbian headstones have been smashed, and past hundreds of sparkling new Albanian-owned factories and apartment buildings built without legal permission on land that the UN-managed cadastral records show as belonging to Serbian owners driven off the land at threat of extermination.

I was sent here in the mid 1990s to cover the situation in the region for Japanese media and can show you hundreds of hours of video of Albanians walking talking and laughing in the streets of Kosovo’s cities during the period when Slobodan Milosevic was the President of Serbia. I can show you the passports of the Serbs from Kosovo from that period in which all the text is in Albanian first and Serbian only second. I can also show you the interviews that I conducted with Serbs [whose] family members where kidnapped, never to return.

We now know that hundreds of those young children, women and others were taken away to have their organs ripped from theiur bodies while they were still alive in a process that would make even Dr. Mengele’s “experiments” pale in comparison.

As a Canadian journalist having been born and grown up in a country in which we Canadians are at least trying to strengthen ethnic tolerance and friendship, I have been so apalled by what I have seen here that I am dedicated to joining the growing number of people of conscience who are trying to let the world know what is really going on here in the hell that Kosovo has become for all non-Albanians since NATO’s arrival. I hope that you will hear more from me and other journalists in the near future…

John Bosnitch