Skip to comments.In Kosovo, sacrificing principles for oil
Posted on 02/24/2008 6:45:42 PM PST by Bokababe
Once again the Bush administration is sacrificing its conservative principles to satisfy our nations seeming insatiable thirst for foreign oil.
The latest victims of our oil lust are the ethnic Serbs living in Kosovo. Until Feb. 18, Kosovo was part of Serbia. That changed overnight when Kosovo unilaterally declared independence.
The United States, Germany and the United Kingdom were quick to recognize Kosovos declaration. Russia and Serbia flatly rejected it.
Yes, folks, Kosovos independence is all about oil at least from a Western perspective.
In a press release that gleaned little media attention in the United States, Switzerlands Manas Petroleum Corp. announced on Jan. 10 that Independent resource evaluation confirms existence of giant oil and gas prospects on Manas Petroleums Albanian exploration blocks.
The announcement indicated that there are potentially 3 billion barrels of oil and 3 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the areas explored. Some of these areas lie near Albanias border with Kosovo.
Kosovos population is about 90 percent ethnic Albanian. The remaining 10 percent are nearly all ethnic Serbs. Under Tito, in the former Yugoslavia, Kosovo was a semi-autonomous region which enjoyed special political privileges in the Yugoslav system.
During the breakup of Yugoslavia, Serbias President Slobodon Milosevic stripped Kosovo of its autonomy and kept a tight grip on the ethnic Albanians through an internal security force composed almost exclusively of Serbs.
Serb domination of Kosovo ended when a NATO occupation force, the Kosovo Force (KFOR), forcibly interposed itself between the ethnic Albanians and Serb forces.
For the Serbs, Kosovo is a place of religious history and national pride. If the Serbs had an Alamo, it would be located in Kosovo. There, in an area that has become known as the Field of Blackbirds, thousands of Serbian warrior saints stood their ground in the 1389 Battle of Kosovo Polje, only to be slaughtered by the invading Ottoman Turks.
The Serbs continued to resist the Turks during the ensuing five centuries of Ottoman domination, which did not end until 1912, when Serbia, Montenegro, Greece and Bulgaria defeated the Ottomans in the First Balkans War. To this day, the Serbs view themselves as defenders of Christianity who held the line against the incursion of Islam into Western Europe.
During that famous battle, ethnic Albanians fought side by side with the Serbs against the Ottoman invaders. But during the subsequent years of Turkish rule, most Albanians adopted Islam, while the Serbs clung to their Orthodox Christian tradition. Today, Kosovo is the historical seat of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
During the aftermath of the breakup of Yugoslavia, rampaging ethnic Albanians reportedly destroyed more than 100 Orthodox monasteries and churches in Kosovo, some of which were nearly 1,000 years old. The UK Independent reported in November 1999 that the Albanian destruction of Serb holy sites in Kosovo continued even after NATOs KFOR arrived.
Kosovos neighbor, Albania, is currently struggling to integrate with Western Europe. Islam in Albania today is something less than radical. In fact, the number of Christians in Albania may be nearly even with the number of Muslims.
However, the Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG), a nonprofit, independent, nongovernmental organization that works to resolve world conflicts through diplomacy, reported in July 2006 that a tiny but growing minority (in Albania) is turning toward Wahhabi Islam.
This could spell future trouble for the West. The Wahhabis are a violent, extremist sect of Islam that originated in Saudi Arabia in the 18th century. It has been argued that Osama bin Laden had gravitated toward Wahhabi beliefs prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
It appears the West sold out the Kosovo Serbs in order to gain assured access to Albanias newly discovered petroleum reserves. Albanias strategic location on the Adriatic Sea guarantees the West easy access to Albanian oil, without having to deal with unsavory governments.
In the coming months, look for a growing political support for Kosovos union with Albania to form a Greater Albania, something that would have been unimaginable only a few years ago.
The West will sit idly by as Albania expands its borders, knowing that a Greater Albania will be inclined to sell oil to the West and is not likely to be influenced by the Serbs and Russians.
After Kosovo, the next target for Albania will probably be its neighbor, the Republic of Macedonia. Ethnic Albanians make up nearly a third of the Macedonian population.
While it is doubtful that a Greater Albania could gobble up all of Macedonia, it may attempt to annex the ethnic Albanian areas of Macedonia contiguous to the Albania-Macedonia border.
Macedonia might just allow this to occur in order to hasten its admission to the European Union.
Zachary Hubbard is a retired Army officer residing in Upper Yoder Township. He served as the chief of intelligence assessments and senior Balkans intelligence analyst for the NATO Stabilization Force in the former Yugoslavia. Hubbard is a member of The Tribune-Democrats Readership Advisory Committee.
What do you bet that they have already more found oil & gas in Kosovo?
Yes, folks, Kosovos independence is all about oil at least from a Western perspective.
If true.....this is sickening.
I have read of multiple mines of minerals and coal. Tons of coal, but never anything about Oil and gas deposits in Kosovo. The knowledge of these deposits had to have been confirmed at least in the mid ‘90’s for what has happened since, and until now.
This will be interesting to watch.
It is absolutely true that they discovered oil & gas in “Northern Albania”, along the Kosovo border http://www.newkosovareport.com/20080110426/Region/Vast-oil-reserves-found-in-northern-Albania.html
I have little doubt that it is Kosovo. Rebecca West, in the late 1930’s mentioned that “oil was bubbling out of the ground” where she sat.
ICG is a Soros org. So we should listen to Soros propaganda as long as it is anti-Albanian, right?
And of course the same ‘Anti-War’ folks who chant ‘no blood for oil’ were just thrilled when the blood being shed as Serbian, shed by NATO bombs.
Our local “Campaign for Peace and Justice” which has opposed every US military action made an exception for murdering Orthodox Christian from 15,000 feet.
Drop in the Bucket
ANWR is estimated to have 15 Billion bbls
The rest of the story there bub: they used that little piece of propaganda to demand independence for Kosovo—
NO independecce more wahhabi...Blackmail!!
And we got both.
Soros wants Kosovo Independence. Soros pushed for it, financed it. This guys isn't speaking FOR Soros. The ICG quote says "a tiny but growing minority (in Albania) is turning toward Wahhabi Islam. It's likely that it is not so "tiny".
“Moscow argued that those nations supporting the Kosovo split should have foreseen an angry Serb backlash. ... improved, with giant Gazprom buying Serbia’s main oil company NIS last month. The two countries have ... reservoir and the other on building a pipeline through Serbia to pump Russian gas to ...” IT IS NOT ABOUT SERBIA, IT IS ABOUT RUSSIA, AND THEIR ATTEMPT TO BUILD A PIPELINE THROUGH SERBIA.
Agreed. Although I disagree with our current policy in that area I’m pretty sick and tired of having some left wing org imply that everything is about oil. If these groups had the courage of their rhetoric they would be calling for the US to exploit it’s own reserves. The fact that they oppose that tells me it’s just propaganda.
And we will drill there soon? Not likely.
Absolutely not true—Gazprom wants a pipeline through Kosovo—there is no exploration in Kosovo as far as I know..
You mean like Jed Clampett
And THIS makes the guy "a commie". You took one tiny quote out of a retired Army officer's article re "Wahhabi Albanians" and turned into he's a Soros "commie"? You've got a screw loose.
Believe propaganda from Soros NGO’s all you want. Just don’t expect the rest of us to side with foreigners against our own country just because you and Soros say we should.
Yes, in the book , "Black Lamb, Grey Falcon" that is pretty much how Rebecca West described it. The entire book was about her travels as an English woman through pre-WWII Yugoslavia.
“Believe propaganda from Soros NGOs all you want. Just dont expect the rest of us to side with foreigners against our own country just because you and Soros say we should.”
Who funds John McCain’s Reform Institute?
Can you say “Soros”?
The Soros slime is coming out of your mouth, not the author's and not mine.
You can take out your prayer rug now.
Wasn’t Savage talking about this a few nights ago? Something about pipelines thru Kosovo???
Please stop promoting George Soros talking points at FR in defense of your anti-American foreign agenda.
While you're at it, please stop stinking up America with your treason. Put your money where your mouth is. Go to Serbia where your allegiance lies and don't come back.
Thanks for the link. I read all the key words that tell me the link is to an alarmist, Leftist, BS site. “Halliburton”, “Kellog etc.”, “Gunboat Diplomacy”, “War for Oil”, etc., yet when I visit site after site in random search pattern I cannot find any other information about this supposed camp being anything other than what it apparently is. A military camp.
I’ll keep looking around to see if I can find anymore information about this as it is truly interesting to me to know why in the “H” we got involved in fighting over there in the first place. I just don’t trust much of the opinion I see coming from the Left, or the Right. Somewhere, somehow I will find out the truth of WHY.
Patently untrue leftist propaganda.
Not enough oil to worry about.
We never are in it for, or ever get, the oil of the left's standard Marxist accusation.
The Bush Administration, and Bush, is not conservative.
The Bush Administration sacrifices conservative principles for no reason, not horse manure like this.
Our economy will run just fine on any oil, only the leftie envirowackos insatiably thirst for FOREIGN oil.
I've never set foot in Serbia. I am an American and my family never came from Serbia. My allegiance lies with America & what she once stood for in the world --truth, decency & values that were worthy of respect. But she has been hijacked by some very ruthless global interests, and as American patriots, it is our job to point out where she has gone wrong to put her right. It's a messy thankless job, but we all bring what we have to the job. I have knowledge of the Balkans. I don't claim to know a rat's behind about Iraq or Afghanistan, so I don't talk about it. I talk about this because this is what I know because I have studied it from many sides.
Got a problem with that, take it up with the management.
Yes, Michael Savage has known that something has not been right about all of this for a long time. Guess that makes Michael Savage a "Soros commie" in TGJ's pro-Albanian book
I know that sounds weird, but that's how it works NWO.
The Trans Balkan AMBO Pipeline, the President of Albania, and Kosovo
I may find the whole thread revealing.
TGJ, IMO the plan for Kosovo independence is a bastard child of our communist infested DOS. Just because the Russians don't like it doesn't mean it's in our interest.
Yet in the article it lists the "Greater Albanian" plan of swallowing up Kosovo and Macedonia.
Thanks for the post. I don’t buy into these oil/Saudi connections yet, maybe for lack of understanding. I do try to be on the right side of every matter. Until some information says otherwise, what’s happening to the Serbs is wrong. Nobody’s stepped up to articulate some justification for the gutting of Serbia.
Until I learn otherwise, I’ll follow my instincts, driven by the information available and common sense, and fight hard (within legal limits) for the Serbs.
That's a very inflammatory charge you're making there chief.
You've been here for what -- two days? Use terms like "tribal monkeys" & "shovel heads", and start insulting people. Think that you might want to learn some manners when introducing yourself. Or is this your "best behavior" and highest level of contribution & it's downhill from here?
"Yet in the article it lists the "Greater Albanian" plan of swallowing up Kosovo and Macedonia.
And they have destroyed over 150 Christian churches So if this is "less than radical", then what?
The Gazprom pipeline deal was already sealed with Serbia proper a month ago to go through Bulgaria and Nis, Serbia, NOT through Kosovo.
sorry if I hurt your feelings,
why don’t you suggest some appropriate name for
those “humanoids” that we saw on the TV couple days ago and I will use it
I have very little respect for people who don’t respect me and my country,
so I find gooks, towel heads or your tribal monkeys appropriate.
On the energy front:
Clinton, Stoyanov announce Southeast Europe Action Plan (1998)
“They also have a common interest in expanding mutual trade and investment and encouraging the development of multiple routes for energy from the Caspian Basin.”
On the Globalism/EU/NATO front:
“These bilateral and multilateral initiatives will advance our shared goal of a Europe whole, free and at peace. They will also promote the integration of Bulgaria and the other stable democracies of Southeastern Europe into the European and transatlantic mainstream.”
On the military front:
Rice Signs U.S. Shared-Base Agreement with Bulgaria (2006)
SECRETARY OF STATE CONDOLEEZZA RICE
AFTER NATO MINISTERIAL MEETING
Sofia, Bulgaria in 2006
“We are always reminded of what a tremendously successful alliance NATO has been, an alliance that was, of course, born of the Cold War, born at a time when Europe faced a threat of Soviet Union and Soviet Communism, but an alliance that has made the transition at the end of the Cold War to an institution that has played a very large part in conjunction with, for instance, the European Union in providing an umbrella for the democratic transitions that have taken place throughout Eastern and Central Europe and has contributed, therefore, mightily to the development of a Europe that is whole and free and at peace.”
If conservatives said Tawain should remain China the author would have a point.
Yes. Once again, he calls it.
Whoa; missed your “line of reasoning” completely. He’s the anti-Soros if this Nation has one...
Yes, Savage is completely anti-Soros. And this article goes against everything Soros wants too, but TGJ slimed it as being "Soros propaganda", so I was being facetious. Like if this ex-army officer is "a Soros commie" then so is Michael Savage" because he agrees with him.
The pipeline will run through Kosovo directly to Washington DC. The sky will open and oil will rain down on the White House. < / Hillary!08 >
correct. Doc Savage ahead of the curve again.
Dude, you’re joking right? Because your posts are hilarious! Please tell me you’re joking.