Skip to comments.Kosovo: The Deadly Game Continues
Posted on 06/07/2004 10:55:31 AM PDT by Jane_N
On Saturday, another Serbian teen was gunned down in Kosovo by Albanian driver-by shooters eager to spark a reprisal, and thus a justification for the final solution, i.e., the complete ethnic cleansing of all Serbs from the province.
According to Reuters, U.N. police spokesman Malcolm Ashby said 16-year-old Dimitrije Popovic was killed when gunmen fired from a car into a group of young Serbs at a hamburger kiosk at 2 a.m. Police in Pristina later stopped a suspect car and seized two Albanians with guns.
The same thing had happened in March, when the shooting of a teen in the village of Caglavica resulted in protests and roadblocks. The boy had been shot when a passing car used the ruse of asking directions in order to get him into range.
Saturdays shooting occurred in Gracanica- the largest and most secure Serbian enclave in central Kosovo. It runs along the Skopje-Pristina road, and unites several neighboring Serbian villages. Caglavica is located on the eastern edge of the enclave, only a couple kilometers west of Pristina. Until now, it had appeared that Serbs were safe in Gracanica.
The Gracanica enclave is a major problem for Albanian extremists, as it contains rich farmland and is strategically located in the center of Kosovo, on major roads and near to Pristina. They view it as a potential threat, a den of Serbian intrigue. Theres also one more very nice church there that theyve so far not been able to destroy.
The Reuters report veers into the idiotic, however, when it puzzles, it was not clear how the suspected gunmen managed to drive in and out of the village undetected. The NATO-led peacekeeping mission KFOR re-established permanent checkpoints on the outskirts of the Serbian town after the March riots.
Yes, there are (sometimes) checkpoints. But this does not mean that they are particularly well-enforced, especially at 2 AM on a weekend. And were the peacekeepers to routinely stop and thoroughly search every vehicle on this vital north-south road, the traffic backup would stretch for miles and only increase tensions more. In other words, the Serbs are entirely at the mercy of whoever drives through their villages.
Reuters adds that Serb spokesman Oliver Ivanovic blamed the U.N. and NATO for failing to stop Albanian militants. There is no living together here... We must seal off all roads through Serb districts, he told the SRNA agency.
Ivanovic is right about the impossibility of multi-ethnic harmony. But we already knew that. Yet his proposal to seal off all roads through Serbian areas is not feasible. Not only would it disrupt much of the traffic through the province, it would also serve to isolate the Serbs from the outside world even more than they already are.
Sad to say, but there is no other word for what is happening now than terrorism. To know that at any moment gunmen can drive through ones town, picking off people at will, leaves very little room for optimism. What kind of a life can any Serbian person in Kosovo hope for, when they are not safe even in the most protected enclave- let alone anywhere else?
Formerly most protected, that is: the Serbian Church blames KFOR for the incident, noting that Reuters puzzlement also owes to out-of-date information:
only a few days ago a Swedish check-points at the entrance and exit to Gracanica have been dismantled although they were the only guarantee of security for the local Serbs. These checkpoints discouraged Kosovo Albanian extremists to attack Serbs while passing through the enclave because all cars were searched and any attempt to run away after an attack was impossible. Once again it has been proved that reduction of KFOR troops means a green light for ethnic Albanian terrorists to continue their attacks on unprotected Serb civilians.
So Javier Solana is coming. He will certainly make things better. The BBC notes that the last time the former NATO Secretary-General visited, in the aftermath of the March riots, he was jeered and spat at by Serbs upset over KFORs failure to protect them from the Albanians (who were, according to themselves, the real victims). So much for Solanas previous talk, about the interventions great success.
The Serbian Church speaks for many when it equates this failure with tacit approval of the extremists murderous goals. After all, once all of the minorities have been removed, the peacekeepers will be able to breathe a big sigh of relief: no more cause for tensions, no more possible dangers for themselves. Mission accomplished, lets all pack up and go home.
We cannot expect that the media will show much bravery, let alone any government except perhaps Russias. And it would certainly be too much for any of them to acknowledge that the wholesale persecution of Serbs in Kosovo is neither an isolated nor recent phenomenon. Saturdays slaying is just the latest move in a long game for territorial and social domination being played out in Kosovo. It is a game the Albanians will win, partially because of their ever-increasing population, and also because no one will match their tactics. After all, these days ethnic cleansing is just so very un-European.
Meanwhile, far away in West Virginia, the good people of Williamstown were holding a picnic on Saturday for their states Army National Guard 146th Medical Company Air Ambulance unit. According to Lt. Col. Harold Campbell, 35 of the 129-member unit will be deployed to Kosovo in August, for at least 6 months. The unit will be taking four of its Blackhawk helicopters to Kosovo to provide medical evacuation for American and United Nations troops there.
Indeed, recent experience has shown that peacekeepers are in mortal danger when they try to protect the Serbs (and other minorities) from their Albanian antagonizers. One hopes the medics wont be needed, but if the Kosovo game continues to unfold as it has, they probably will.
The Clinton legacy continues...
But KFOR wasn't a terrorist organization. It couldn't be. Clinton took it off the list.
Well, them and the losers over at Antiwar.com
Thank your fiance' for serving. I would be most interested in his observations in Kosovo.
"now they're the only ones who will read his crap."
And you, of course, Hoplite......
It seens that Kosovo, not Iraq, was the war in which little advance thought was given to the post-war situation. We are arguably closer to a political resolution in Iraq than in Kosovo, five years after the war in Kosovo.
"It seens that Kosovo, not Iraq, was the war in which little advance thought was given to the post-war situation. We are arguably closer to a political resolution in Iraq than in Kosovo, five years after the war in Kosovo."
And Bill Clinton promised our troops would be home "by Christmas"...that was 1999 I believe. The UN's input was not even considered, much less anyone elses...except Wes Clark...supreme Nato commander...
Clinton = anti-integrity
Integrity - Doing the Right Thing When Nobody is Looking
I like this difinition so much, I think I will change my tagline.
I agree with sHoprite towards Antiwar.com. Raimondo at one point was entertaining an offer of a courtesy trip with me last year (3-4 months prior to depature). Then silence after I told him I wanted to expose one his "evil-american" actions he rants and raves about. He is a hypocrit, like his counterparts are on the opposite side. When you are asked to walk the talk, the arm-chair QB cries wolf.
Chris is better than antiwar.com. Make no mistake, he is not Raimondo.
I'm not familiar with any of them, so I really can't comment about that.
For someone who once asked how to get a "refund for time wasted" on me, you sure do insist on "wasting" even more time on me. I just hope you don't expect to get that refund from me as your "wasted time" is totally self-inflicted.
"How do I get a refund for the time I've wasted on you?"
However, as you surmise, you're both wastes of time, so your point is more or less correct.
Clinton promoted, armed, financed, and trained the KLA.
On Clinton's watch KLA killers such as Rustem Mustafa were promoted to Major General and paid big salaries with US tax dollars. (I kid you not)
Now, Major General Rustem Mustafa (aka Commander Remi) sits in a Kfor prison found guilty of a systemic murder campaign against his fellow Albanians.
Life is too short to waste it on Christian-hating trolls.
But thanks for fighting the good fight nontheless!
I'm putting this up for the "Understatement of the Year Award."