Kosovo today; Aztlan tomorrow.
You see this?
If they were Russian forces, the Serbs would trust them. Serbia has never recognized NATO’s attempt to wrest control of the Serbian heartland and it give it over to the Albanians. And there is the hypocrisy of the West insisting it respects minority rights. Its actions demonstrate the exact opposite.
As for Russia:
Of course Russia will take an interest in the fate of fellow Slavs. When NATO presses its designs against Serbia, Russians can only ask what is the justification for NATO’s continued existence? It can only be to constrain Russia from pursuing its national interests. And this will not be allowed to happen. The Cold War is long over but some outside parties still reject the notion of a Common Home in Europe for all its peoples.
Then again i42 didn't say which Christmas.
I wish the Serbs all the luck in the world and hope they can fend off these dastards. From what research I did, if my surname was unchanged, I am part Serb of a Kosovo background.
The United States has been out-manuevered in the Caspian Sea petroleum war. With the recent consessions by Turkey on the Black Sea Treaty to permit a Southern Pipeline, Russia is poised to build it. It has financing and futures-contracts for delivery.
On the other hand, its competitor, the EU and US’s so-called NABUCCO pipeline (Turkey to Austria) has no funding. It was supposed to be built to lessen Europe’s dependence on Russian natural gas. However, it will not be built. The EU is broke. America is broke. There is no will to build it.
Therefore, NATO, the EU, and the US are doing everything they can to pry-away any pro-Russian terrain in Southeastern Europe. (The harassing of villagers by NATO, the world’s biggest military alliance, is so out of proportion and seems so trite.) Serbia and Kosovo are two places that have been targeted for years (decades).
30% of Western Europe’s gas is now supplied by Russia in the newly completed Northern Pipeline (under the Baltic Sea). Should Russia complete the Southern Pipeline, it is possible that Western Europe will be more than 50% dependant upon Russia for natural gas. Under that scenario, Russia will increasingly call the shots in Europe, not the US.
Kosovo is a last-ditch effort by the Western petroleum interests to keep Russia gas out of Europe. It won’t work. The free market is too strong and they need the supplies.