Skip to comments.Belgrade's US Embassy set on fire (FNC Report: charred body found in US Embassy)
Posted on 02/21/2008 11:04:42 AM PST by 11th_VA
BELGRADE, Serbia - Serb rioters broke into the U.S. Embassy Thursday and set fire to an office after a massive protest against Kosovo's independence that drew an estimated 150,000 people.
Masked attackers broke into the building, which has been closed this week, and tried to throw furniture from an office. A blaze broke out inside one of the offices and parts of the facade also caught fire.
Authorities drove armored jeeps down the street and fired tear gas to clear the crowd. The protesters dispersed into side streets where they continued clashing with authorities.
The neighboring Croatian Embassy also was attacked by the same group of protesters.
In Washington, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack strongly urged the Serbian government to protect the U.S. Embassy. He said the U.S. ambassador was at his home and was in contact with U.S. officials.
More than a dozen nations have recognized Kosovo's declaration of independence on Sunday, including the United States, Britain, France and Germany.
But the declaration by Kosovo's ethnic Albanian leadership has been rejected by Serbia's government and the ethnic Serbians who populate northern Kosovo. Russia, China and numerous other nations have also condemned the declaration, saying it sets a precedent that separatist groups around the world will seek to emulate.
Kosovo, which is 90 percent ethnic Albanian, has not been under Belgrade's control since 1999, when NATO launched airstrikes to halt a Serbian crackdown on ethnic Albanian separatists. A U.N. mission has governed Kosovo since, with more than 16,000 NATO troops and KFOR, a multiethnic force, policing the province.
But Serbia and Kosovo's Serbs, who make up less than 10 percent of Kosovo's population refuse to give up Kosovo, a territory considered the ancient cradle of Serbs' state and religion.
Earlier Thursday, police estimated that about 150,000 people had attended a rally in the Serbian capital. The crowd waved Serbian flags and carried signs reading "Stop USA terror." One group set fire to a red-and-black Albanian flag.
The U.S. embassy in Belgrade burns after masked attackers broke into the building and set an office on fire at the end of a massive protest against Western-backed Kosovo independence, in the Serbian capital, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008. More than 150,000 Serbs gathered at the rally vowing to retake the territory which is viewed as Serbia's religious and national heartland. (AP Photo)
Thank you Bill Clinton
This is in fact, an act of war, folks.
I’m not surprised................is anyone?.........
I wonder how many millions of our dollars Bush will give them to play nice?
Oh, great... what is it with these people?
No - the embassy was empty - nobody was hurt...
This is not good. Putin pulling the strings.
While technically true, in the end it is what we make of it. Frankly, I'm not sure what the right answer is for this place.
No it's not. This is a violent protest by the citizens of Serbia and not an act of the Serbian Government.
The declaration of independence by Kosovo, however, was an act of war.
I personally think recognizing Kosovo’s claim of independence is going to come back to haunt us for decades to come.
We would be at war with half of the globe if this were the criterion. FYI: It would be an act of war if the Serbian government were the culprit.
Oh that's peachy! At least we don't commit genocide and have rape rooms like the Serbs did...
And why the hell are WE doing the European's job? Can't those Euro winers do ANYTHING at all?
What, are now supporting eveyr seperatist movement in the world?
>>The declaration of independence by Kosovo, however, was an act of war.<<
And we supported it.
Does Serbia have an Abraham Lincoln?
In think you’re kidding yourself if you think Putin needed to drive this. The Serbians are furious on their own. To heck with Putin.
Coming to a country near you (can anyone say 'Mexifornia'?).
If we went to war with every country where our embassy was attacked, we’d be at war with Pakistan, Iran, China, and a few others.
When we let Iran keep our embassy personnel for 444 days, I think we surrendered the sanctity of embassies. . .
Well I don’t blame them. What did we get involved with their internal matters anyways?
Putin has no more to this than the great Warren Spahn does!
The Serbs and Russians have been one for a few hundred years now, with the Russians always calling the shots. Why not now? You think this a spontaneous demonstration?
No. Destruction of US government property and the corresponding lack of protection by the Serbian government makes it an act of war, no matter if no American was harmed. Personally I understand why the Serbs are pissed off. I live in a state that Mexico would love to have back, so I don’t think it’s OK for us to recognize Kosovo as independent.
They certianly know how to protest/riot over there. It is always is in the 100’s of thousands.
The days of Yugoslavia, and when the Serbs could dominate Yugoslavia, are over, way over. The Serbs would be best off getting over it and trying to integrate with Europe.
With stupid posts like yours, people ask why the embassy is ablaze. The McCain campaign could use people like you.
Rape and genocide?
You mean like what happened to Serbs in Kosovo after the USA violated all tradition and principle in asserting the right of irredentism of the ALbanians in Kosovo?
So, when the UN bombs the hell out of Washington, DC and other American cities for trying to keep hold of the American Southwest after it declares itself a free country, I guess you’ll make sure to accuse the Americans of genocide and rape.
There was no mass slaughter in Kosovo. Bosnia and that war? Sure. But Kosovo? It simply wasn’t true.
Do you know any Albanians?
Lets just say they are indescribable.
No, the Russians don’t call the shots, that’s just ignorant.
The war was initiated by Jorge the Mexican siding with his buddies in the Albanian branch of Al Qaida.
Is there another group of Islamic Extremest that need a new country?
Don't forget Monica ...
Well, that’s a good point regarding the relatioinship, but with the unrest in the area I don’t think it took a Russina ‘plan’ or direction to bring this protest to fruition. Do you?
Another item to add to Clinton’s non-legacy
Agree. What a mess this is. I surely wish we would have stayed out of it all. But now that we are in...we have to do what is right. Protecting our embassy is important.
The residents of the Balkans have raised grudge-holding to an art form. You think we native Southerners hold grudges against “Yankees” from the Recent Unpleasantness? Over in that end of Europe, they’re still fighting blood feuds over things that happened eight hundred years ago.
Muslim terrorists seize their province, America murders their children and bombs their hospitals.
Then we side again with the terrorists and legitimize their conquest. They’d be brain dead if they weren’t pissed.
Would you be happy if part of our country was given to Aztlan terrorists?
Maybe the Germans and the French can send their islamos to Kosovo. Of course, back to Saudi would be fine too.
The same is true of Palestine. These are not a people who are ever content with what they have. They are totalitarians.
He’s not giving them anything, I don’t think.
Instead, we’re upping our 70 million to Kosovo to 300 something million.
Another bit of largesse with OTHER PEOPLES MONEY from our Glorious Conservative President Bush.
Spew those lies Johnny boy. Side with the invading Jihad.
He didn't recognized Kosovo as a sovereign nation, Bush did.
And we are supporting a Stalinist Albano Wetdream..
Enver Hoxha, a communist, embraced ideas of internationalism and brotherhood among different peoples. This point of view made Hoxha very close to Yugoslavian communists during World War II and afterwards until the break-up of 1948. Such ideals are thought to be the reason why Hoxha decided to fight against Albanian nationalists who pushed for a greater Albania. However, especially in the 1980s, Hoxha used several speeches to gain popularity among Albanians in Yugoslavia. During the demonstrations in Kosovo in 1981, ethnic Albanians of Yugoslavia largely identified with Enver Hoxha as a symbol of nationalism, and regarded Albania, which they had no opportunity to visit, as a very prosperous country where human rights and equality were widely respected.
Anybody could have seen this coming. Anybody except a liberal..................