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Kosovo's terrorists continue to wage war
Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 2004-01-09

Posted on 01/10/2004 8:17:45 PM PST by DTA

Kosovo's terrorists continue to wage war

In the midst of conflicts in Southwest Asia and the Mid dle East, I cannot help but wonder: Whatever happened to the Balkans?

We Americans spent more than a decade listening to and watching CNN and BBC clips of the war-torn region and the countless war crimes that had taken place at the hands of various ethnic groups.

What about Kosovo? A 78-day bombing campaign was undertaken to "liberate Kosovo's ethnic Albanian population" from the hands of "terror-invoking Serbs."

Why was there no media follow- up of the accomplishments of peace-loving and newly liberated Kosovo Albanians? Quite simply, because there are no accomplishments.

Could it be because the international community made a grave mistake and has now found itself in a quagmire with no solution in sight? Is it possible that some of the very people NATO was trying to "protect" have turned out, in fact, to be terrorists? Yes!

After spending a grueling 27 months working in Serbia's Kosovo province, I learned and witnessed far more than I had bargained for. Although I was fully versed in the rich and blood- soaked history of the region, I was not prepared for all that took place.

Albanian rebel offensives resulted in bus explosions of NATO- escorted civilian convoys, brutal murders of civilians tending their fields, random sniper attacks, shootings of children swimming in lakes, night beatings and torture of the elderly, and arson - all against Serbian civilians and all under the watchful eyes of the U.S. and international community.

I once asked a NATO commanding general why ethnic Albanian extremists were not unmasked for what they truly are - bloodthirsty, war-waging terrorists. He looked at me, paused, and replied, "How do you begin to go against the very group you supposedly came to help? We obviously did not know who we were dealing with. We bombed the wrong side."

I stared at him in disbelief while he merely looked down at his freshly shined boots, straightened his shoulders and turned to walk away. Not quite the response I had expected.

Observations in Kosovo recorded chilling acts from the "peacekeepers" as well. Germany's military contingent used bright yellow tape to mark large Xs on Serbian homes throughout their designated area of responsibility. Similar to the 1940s Nazi-style branding of Jews and other minorities deemed unworthy of life.

Strangely enough, I was the only one who questioned this and personally brought it to the attention of a senior member of the U.S. Army Command Group.

But let's focus on something near and dear to all Americans: attacks on U.S. Army and media personnel. While on a border patrol, monitoring Albanian rebel insurgency, the U.S. unit I was working with came under direct mortar fire in a village named Krivenik. An Associated Press journalist, Kerim Lawton, was seriously injured. I administered first aid and attempted to stop the bleeding from the dozens of shrapnel wounds he incurred, to no avail. He died shortly afterward.

How was this incident portrayed to the media? In a noncommittal diplomatic fashion, officials announced that, "An investigation will take place as to the day's chain of events," from all sides, U.S. Army, NATO and U.N.

Does this seem all too familiar? Is this not mere repetition of scenarios that got the United States involved in both Bosnia and Kosovo in the first place - only later to discover that "smoking gun" incidences were staged? It is interesting how concrete evidence has surfaced, that incidences were staged by the very groups claiming to have been wronged.

Perhaps the international community should be more forthcoming as to who the real Balkans' terrorists are and how they are draining our tax dollars, manpower and resources.

The public has a right to know what is happening in the Balkans.

Gavrilovic served as a civilian subcontractor with the U.S. Army in the capacity of assistant project manager, cross-cultural specialist and linguist in Kosovo.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: albanian; balkanalqaeda; balkans; campaignfinance; clark; clinton; clintonlegacy; fyrom; kfor; kla; kosovo; macedonia; mohammedans; nationbuilding; nato; nla; persecution; serb; serbapologist; serbia; serbian; serblies; terrorism; tff; uck; un; wesleyclark; wot
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"We obviously did not know who we were dealing with. We bombed the wrong side."
1 posted on 01/10/2004 8:17:45 PM PST by DTA
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2 posted on 01/10/2004 8:18:57 PM PST by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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And this is the war that Clark successfully prosecuted... Give me a freakin break.. Will wait for the alphabet networks to play this (not...)
3 posted on 01/10/2004 8:20:19 PM PST by futureceo31
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To: DTA
Bump

Great post from a great newspaper. One of the very few 'newspapers' worthy of the name.

4 posted on 01/10/2004 8:34:25 PM PST by duckln
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To: DTA
Truth bump!
5 posted on 01/10/2004 8:41:59 PM PST by Tunehead54 (Support Our Troops!)
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To: DTA
"Could it be because the international community made a grave mistake and has now found itself in a quagmire with no solution in sight?"

Geopolitically speaking, we shot ourselves in the foot. Handing Kosovo to the Muslims pained me. I can only imagine how Serbs, Greeks, Ukrainians and Russians felt. Allbright brokered the action with the international community, and Clinton tuned out everything except the popularity pole results. Richard Holbrookes foul mouth raged on NPR. I bit my tongue - not that I am anybody - because of the rape camp and ethnic cleansing charges leveled against the Serbs. The whole thing stunk. In the end, we didn't win any brownie points with the Muslim world, and we didn't turn Kosovo into a just place to live. Did we stop the killing or just allow the original aggressors to finish the job?
6 posted on 01/10/2004 8:45:44 PM PST by reed_inthe_wind (That Hillary really knows how to internationalize my MOJO.)
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To: DTA
Mistake bump
7 posted on 01/10/2004 8:46:27 PM PST by miltonim
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To: DTA
Speaking of Clinton foreign policy, do we still have troops in Haiti? CNN Headline news crawler reported another uprising today.
8 posted on 01/10/2004 8:55:03 PM PST by hobson
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To: DTA; *balkans
Damn awesome post.
9 posted on 01/11/2004 12:34:26 AM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: Ronly Bonly Jones; Hoplite
"How do you begin to go against the very group you supposedly came to help? We obviously did not know who we were dealing with. We bombed the wrong side."
10 posted on 01/11/2004 12:35:54 AM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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11 posted on 01/11/2004 12:36:18 AM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: DTA
We'll never hear about this in the major media outlets unless they can spin it to blame Bush, because anything else, they'll have to explain how they got us into the place in the first place.
12 posted on 01/11/2004 12:39:18 AM PST by kingu (Remember: Politicians and members of the press are going to read what you write today.)
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To: kingu
I blame Bush for not getting us out.
13 posted on 01/11/2004 12:45:13 AM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: Destro
As do I. K-Farce needs to be disbanded.
14 posted on 01/11/2004 12:48:49 AM PST by kingu (Remember: Politicians and members of the press are going to read what you write today.)
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To: kingu
Isn't the war on terrorism supposed to be against terrorists? I think the Albanian incursions into Kosovo and Macedonia has ably demonstrated their ability to be called terrorists.
15 posted on 01/11/2004 1:59:21 AM PST by meenie
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To: Destro
"How do you begin to go against the very group you supposedly came to help? We obviously did not know who we were dealing with. We bombed the wrong side."

The Serbs sang, "God, Give Us Justice."

So God sent the United States to do just that.
16 posted on 01/11/2004 7:11:22 AM PST by Ronly Bonly Jones (the more things change...)
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To: Ronly Bonly Jones
NATO General..........."we bombed the wrong side"

Freepers.........typically felt uncomfortable with Clinton's bombing, but supported it at the time mainly due to massive mis-information in the media. However, once the dust cleared and the truth started coming out........Freepers ( on the whole ) changed their views and accepted that Clinton's War was wrong. However

die-hards such as Hoplite & R.B. Jones..........still defend the Clinton/Amanpour/Clark lies told about the Balkans.

we bombed the wrong side

Accept it.

17 posted on 01/11/2004 9:32:23 AM PST by vooch
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To: Ronly Bonly Jones
So your God of America must be Allah then.
18 posted on 01/11/2004 10:47:05 AM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: DTA
We Bombed the Wrong Side, Kosovo's Terrorists Continue to Wage War
19 posted on 01/11/2004 10:52:59 AM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: Destro
We didn't bomb the wrong side so far as Clinton and the global socialist Internationale were concerned.

The Islamofascists won the PR war early on with the help of Left-leaning newspapers and magazines throughout the Western world. Even a number of conservatives were fooled by it and didn't have much to say against Clinton's fascist war of humanitarianism.

20 posted on 01/11/2004 10:56:33 AM PST by Reactionary
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