Thursday, December 27, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Islamofascists and dirty politics may destroy the faces on the ancient icons of the saints , but they cannot destroy the joy of the heart at the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ!
A Blessed Christmas to All!
Thursday, December 20, 2007
....Western countries in theon Wednesday said they would take the lead in steering the province to independence from Serbia over Russian objections, arguing that the potential for a negotiated solution had been exhausted through almost two years of failed Serb-Albanian talks.
NATO allies with 16,000 troops in Kosovo fear a Serb backlash in the north, which adjoins Serbia proper, and a possible bid to break away which could trigger regional unrest.
Analysts say Serbian sabotage of the reservoir would almost certainly provoke Albanian attacks on isolated Serb enclaves across the rest of Kosovo, where over half the remaining 120,000 Serbs still live.
A senior KFOR official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the force was wary of being drawn too far away from its primary task of preventing any escalation of violence.
"We do not underestimate the threat," he told Reuters. "But Serbia has to be careful of the consequences for its own community."
SerbBlog: Serbia has a right to defend it's territory. Now how and why should a strategic military and political decision like dealing with the water supply justify an Albanian rampage on 120,000 Serb civilians? But the article just prepped you to expect that when Kosovo Serb civilians start dying, it will be "Serbia's fault"! Unbelievable!
Shuck, a retired American general, is being investigated by the UN internal commission over his alleged ties with some Kosovo businessmen, politicians and sexual relations with UN staff as well as two ethnic Albanian popstars, the reports said.
His UN contract with the UN expires on 31 December, but an unnamed UN official said Shuck left Pristina (photo) on Tuesday after being informed that the contract would not be renewed. The official declined to comment further, saying it would be detrimental to the ongoing investigation.
Shuck admitted last September that he was probed for wrongdoing, but claimed the accusations against him were unjustified. Some UN staffers had accused Shuck of arrogant behaviour.
Shuck is also alleged to have kept close ties with former Kosovo prime minister Ramush Haradinaj, who is currently on trial for war crimes against Serb and ethnic Albanian civilians at the UN's Hague-based warcrimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
Haradinaj was a commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in western Kosovo during 1998-99 ethnic Albanian rebellion against Serbian rule when the alleged crimes were committed.
The investigation also focuses on Shuck's suspicious dealings with Kosovo energy minister Ethem Ceku in connection with a multimillion dollar project to build electric power plants in Kosovo, media reports said.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
On December 6th, 2007 Transparency International, an international organization dedicated to monitoring the level of corruption in more that sixty countries, released their list of the top most corrupt "countries". The top five countries & territories with the highest level of bribery and corruption are:
4. FYR Macedonia
Albania, Kosovo and the FRY Macedonia not only made the top five, but are also geographically connected as part of what the Albanian American Civic League calls "ethnic Albania" -- a euphemism for "The Greater Albania" that they really intend to politically build, with US help.
These three regions also have in common that they are the main transit routes for exporting drugs, arms and sex slaves to Western Europe. In short, there are huge amounts of money passing through the region via the Albanian Mafia in spite of the fact that the official current reports say that Kosovo "unemployment" is over 40% and if granted independence, Kosovo will be on the EU and US aid dole for a very long time.
So what could possibly be so "attractive" to US & EU lawmakers and their cronies about "Kosovo gaining its independence" that would make it worth breaking every international law to accomplish it?
Perhaps, it is precisely this enormous level of corruption that makes Kosovo so damn attractive to these politicians!
Where else has 22 Billion Euros floated around for the last 8 years and accomplished absolutely nothing in terms of "building an economy"? Where else could you have no qualifications for a job and yet get hired at a six figure salary paid for by your tax dollars and mine? Where else in Europe could you buy a twelve year-old kidnapped virgin, a .50 caliber rifle and the same explosives used in the London & Madrid bombings, all in the same place? Only in Kosovo!
Want to give George Soros a mine worth $Billions for pennies on the dollar? "The Kosovo Trust" can sell him the Trepca Mine -- and they will ignore the fact that it is actually Serbia's property. They call it "privatizing", instead of the "plundering" that it really is!
Soros supports politicians, and politicians support Soros -- by cooperatively stealing from others who can't fight back. It's a good gig if you can get it and not get caught!
And then there is Camp Bondsteel -- a permanent mega military base built by Halliburton (think Dick Cheney) subsidiary, Kelogg, Brown and Root Construction at a cost to US taxpayers of $350 million to build and $50 Million a year to maintain. Kosovo's fate was determined before the first bit of construction on Bondsteel began, because you don't build a permanent military base on someone else's soil without their permission unless you have already decided to steal Kosovo from them.
But what about "freeing the Kosovars"? Isn't that what Kosovo Independence is supposed to accomplish?
My question is "what Kosovars"?
Over 300,000 Kosovo Serbs, Jews and Roma were permanently ethnically cleansed from Kosovo during the 1999 NATO bombing. Did they get a vote in this independence issue? No! How about the many Kosovo Albanians who ran to Serbia to get away from the KLA? Did they get a vote? No! What about the Albanians from Albania who came flooding in to Kosovo after the 1999 NATO Bombing? Ooops, yes they did -- seems there is a greater advantage to "not actually being from Kosovo" if you want to vote in Kosovo elections, as long as you are some kind of "Albanian" and can improve the demographics argument in favor of Albanians.
When corruption is your business, you make the rules.
And yet, even knowing that the independence issue was on the table, only 43 percent of 1.5 million "eligible" Kosovo Albanian voters turned out to vote in the last election. If you run the numbers, only 645,000 people out of 1.5 million eligible Kosovo Albanian voters even voted at all and 219,300 voted for the pro-independence candidate, Hashim Thaci.
This means that even out of the eligible voters, less than 15% of the "eligible voters" actually voted for pro-independence candidate Thaci . Yet, unless you read the fine print in these mainstream news articles on the subject and run the numbers as I did, you'd think that 90% of the damn Kosovo Albanian electorate was behind Thaci, and they are not!
But does the "Kosovo vote" really even matter, when your US and EU sponsors want your "independence" even more than you do -- just so that they can bilk taxpayers and reward their cronies in one of the most corrupt places in the world? No, it doesn't. This is why, even before the UN-Sponsored "negotiations" between Serbia and the Kosovo Albanians were supposedly being facilitated by the US, Russia and the EU, US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice could say, "The US is committed to Kosovo independence" What that meant for the "negotiations" was that all the Kosovo Albanians had to do was sit there and give up nothing, because they knew that the US would ultimately give them what they wanted, anyway. Some "negotiations"!
The fact is that the US and EU don't give a damn about Kosovo or "the Kosovars" and they never did. The supposed 1999 "humanitarian bombing" was a lie to begin with so our politicians could use NATO to conquer a territory and sell off its assets to their political cronies. It was a bait and switch.
But they can't sell out Serbia, sell out ethics and sell out international law, without selling us all out. Once they do, then none of us are safe. A better question is, "Are we going to let them?"
P.S. December 9th was "UN Anti-Corruption Day". So did the UN initiate an investigation into the allegations against Marti Ahtisaari, after the formal requests from The American Council on Kosovo, and the Serbian government and the 1200 signatures on the Investigate Ahtisaari petition? Of course not! Once again proving that having an "Anti-Corruption Day" for the UN is the equivalent of having a "Chastity Day" at a whorehouse!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
By Julia Gorin
FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, December 12, 2007
“What’s your connection to…this…Serbian thing?”
I get that a lot. I usually answer: “Just being an American hyper-patriot.”
That was, after all, my original motivation for protesting a war for the first time in my life at the age of 25. When my country bombed a European nation on behalf of Muslims making the usual claim of oppression, my concerns were two-fold: America’s security, and America’s soul.
It’s hard to describe the dizzying disorientation I felt on March 24, 1999, the day I learned that the United States was going through with bombing an ally from two world wars. It was more surreal than September 11, 2001, for on the latter date I wasn’t alone in my disorientation. But the fog that engulfed me for several weeks starting March 24th, 1999 as I observed people complacently sipping cappuccinos in outdoor cafes as if nothing was happening was overwhelming; I knew America had turned a dark corner and would pay a price.
Three phenomena at the time confirmed my instinctive suspiciousness about this so-called war: 1. The treacherous and otherwise anti-war Left loved it. 2. Congressional Republicans voted against the war by more than nine to one. 3. Bill Clinton was president, and foreign policy had never been his priority.
We’ve heard much from the Left since the start of the Iraq War in the way of “True patriots criticize their country.” They’re not wrong. But if ever there was a war that begged for scrutiny and dissent, it was Kosovo. Yet the dissent wasn’t there. The voices of all the supposed conscientious objectors never kicked in during a war that ran directly counter to the national interest. Indeed, a war that threatened American security was their must-do war. This told me that what these people are, are not dissenting patriots but dissenting partisans.
This criticism of U.S. policy in Kosovo comes from America’s most reluctant critic. My cartoonish patriotism forms the backbone of my stand-up comedy act and was the premise of a column I had on FoxNews.com, titled by my editor “The Smugly American.” But the Kosovo War, and the unchanging policy that supports it even post-9/11, made me a less smug American.
Unlike most America critics, who blame the U.S. with glee, it is only with great pain that I write against American policy in Kosovo, which is a continuation of a war that never ended and in which we’re about to deal ourselves the death blow this year as we hand victory to our jihad-friendly allies and call the victory our own. “No American casualties,” goes the ubiquitous Kosovo-War boast. That’s because its American casualties first appeared only two years later, with the Balkans serving as logistical support for attacks including 9/11, Madrid, London and Netanya. This year we got a glimpse of the toll that this war of self-sabotage will yet take--when four Albanians were discovered plotting to kill U.S. soldiers at Ft. Dix.
By shining a light on our Kosovo mischief, I am merely doing my duty as an American. But there are Americans who have a greater responsibility than I to save the U.S. from this bipartisan treachery, Americans who should be most on the case at this eleventh hour: Serbian-Americans. For those are the Americans who know better than any others the nature of the beast that we’re dealing with in the Balkans and what our actions there will result in. Serbs are the ones who are most intimately and brutally acquainted with the Balkan players, and it is their responsibility to inform their fellow Americans and influence civilians, soldiers, policymakers and media away from our suicidal policies in their homelands.
I understand the reasons that Serbs shy away from this duty. They want finally to be liked, and more than anything else to fit in; indeed, the modern Serb rejects his Serbhood. As well, a Serb knows he will instantly be painted with the “Oh, but this is coming from a Serb; of course you’d say that” brush. Notice this is never a consideration or stumbling block for the Serbs’ enemies, as the Albanians, Croatians and Bosnians guide the U.S. toward self-defeating policies on their behalf.
When faced with the “Serb propaganda” slur, a Serb should counter with, “Why is Muslim propaganda preferable?” Especially since Serb “propaganda” has been repeatedly consistent with our own intelligence.
Look what we know today about “Serb propaganda.” In addition to the reality of the Islamic threat in the Balkans which the Yugoslavian government had been warning about since the 70s and which the world dismissed, the concept of a “Greater Albania” was likewise laughed off as an archaic and dead idea kept alive only by Serb propagandists. Yet today Greater Albania is being implemented before our very eyes as the Albanians of Serbia’s Presevo Valley now call for inclusion with an independent Kosovo, and Kosovo Albanians are destabilizing Macedonia and Montenegro—and Greece.......Frontpage
Saturday, December 08, 2007
On July 28, 1918, President Woodrow Wilson gave the following message to the American people. It was read in churches throughout the country and published in virtually all major newspapers. Serbian flag was raised over the White House and all public buildings in this nation's capital. The message read:
On Sunday, 28th of this present month, will occur the fourth anniversary of the day when the gallant people of , rather than submit to the studied and ignoble exactions of a prearranged foe, were called upon by the war declaration of Austria-Hungry to defend their territory and their homes against an enemy bent on their destruction. Nobly did they respond. (On June 28th, 1914 Gavrilo Princip Bosnian Serb assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand during his visit to )
So valiantly and courageously did they oppose the forces of a country ten times greater in population and resources that it was only after they had thrice driven the Austrians back and and had come to the aid of that they were compelled to retreat over the . While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken. Though overwhelmed by superior forces, their love of freedom remains unabated. Brutal force has left unaffected their firm determination to sacrifice everything for liberty and independence.
It is fitting that the people of the United States, dedicated to the self-evident truth that is the right of the people of all nations, small as well as great, to live their own lives and choose their own Government, and remembering that the principles for which has so nobly fought and suffered are those for which the United States is fighting, should on the occasion of this anniversary manifest in an appropriate manner their war sympathy with this oppressed people who have so heroically resisted the aims of the Germanic nations to master the world. At the same time, we should not forget the kindred people of the Great Slavic race--the Poles, the Czechs and Jugo-Slavs, who, now dominated and oppressed by alien races yearn for independence and national unity.
This can be done in a manner no more appropriate than in our churches. I, therefore, appeal to the people of the United States of all faiths and creeds to assemble in their several places of worship on Sunday July 28, for the purpose of giving expression to their sympathy with this subjugated people and their oppressed and dominated kindred in other lands, and to invoke the blessings of Almighty God upon them and upon the cause to which they are pledged.
, July, 1918.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
While the Muslim Kosovo Albanians build statues to Clinton and a mosque for Osama bin Laden, Serbia recalls America & Britain's heroes for freedom through a new billboard campaign to remind Serbian citizens the gravity of what they are fighting for in Kosovo.
George Washington: "The time is near at hand which must determine whether we are to be free men or slaves." Kosovo is Serbia!
Abraham Lincoln "On important issues we can not back down" Kosovo is Serbia!
Winston Churchill: “We will defend what is ours We shall never surrender” Kosovo is Serbia!
Unfortunately, as Srdija Trifkovic so eloquently pointed out , this will probably fall on deaf ears with Europe and America's political leadership because they despise their own history and past. Their self-hatred especially extends to anyone who tries to remind Americans and Brits who we used to be:
"These new ruling elites of Western Europe and North America have nurtured a number of fatal weaknesses in their own societies, including both the primary cause—which is the loss of Christian faith—and a number of secondary ones, including hostility to all forms of solidarity of the ethnically European and traditionally Christian communities based on their common ancestry and culture; the loss of a sense of place and history; rapid demographic decline, probably irreversible and unparalleled in history; rampant Third World immigration, especially from the Islamic world; imposition of “diversity,” “multiculturalism” and “sensitivity” that promotes alien cultures and lifestyles to the detriment of traditional European, Christian models; and last but by no means least, demonization and criminalization of any opposition to the above...
To the postmodern Western mindset, those who argue that they should be entitled to keep a land because they have a centuries-long historical bond to it, because their ancestors had built lovely Christian churches in it, because its heritage underpins their moral code and spirituality based on Christian martyrdom, and because they are defending themselves against an aggressive and resurgent Islam . . . anyone who makes those argument is unconsciously arguing—in the eyes of the new elite—in favor of having that territory taken away. The Serbs’ arguments—especially when presented eloquently and logically—only prove that Kosovo and Metohija must be detached from Serbia permanently as that is the only way to cure Serbia from such unhealthy, “un-European” atavisms."
If that doesn't scare the hell out of you, it certainly should. Because it means that the source of our pride as Americans and Europeans are the very things that the current political elite demand that we hate about ourselves. One difference between us and the Serbs, is that Serbs have been through this campaign of political terrorism before and they know who they are.
Four hundred years of Ottoman Turk dhimmitude, the Nazi German Luftwaffe and fifty years of communism tried to teach Serbs to hate themselves into surrender their culture and Faith, but ultimately none of those shameful oppressors succeeded in wiping out the Kosovo freedom cry written on every Serb heart "Better a grave than a slave!"
And it is for this very reason that the Western elite and their minions in our governments have singled out Serbs for extermination -- because you can't bomb, starve or shame the love of freedom & love of God out of a Serb. Serbs must be destroyed lest they "infect" any other people with this aberrant "love of Liberty". (Once upon a time, this was a role that proudly belonged to America.)
But what about us? Can you lie to, shame and manipulate ordinary Europeans and Americans into hating ourselves and our cultures enough to allow our governments to kill all that we believe in while we stand idly by? Sacrifice freedom, justice and honor in the name of an "EU & US Empire" and kill those for believing in the same principles we once stood for? That's a question that only we as citizens can answer -- especially while we still can still do so with a voice, a vote and a keyboard.
George Washington was right: "The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves."
Be a free American! Write President Bush and your Congressional Representatives and tell them"No!" on unilaterally recognizing an "Independent (Albanian) Kosova". "No" to risking the lives of American troops stationed in Kosovo, in order to support a corrupt US Balkan policy that rewards an illegal, jihadi, narco-terrorist "Albanian Kosova" with the trappings of statehood by killing Christians! "No!" to killing and destroying our Christian heritage in submission to ever-expanding and genocidal Islam! Just plain, "No!" to Western empire-building in our name!
Slavery for yourself and others? Or Freedom for yourself and others? Your choice.
"If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed;
if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly;
you may come to the moment when you will have to fight
with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival.
There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight
when there is no hope of victory,
because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."
Prime Ministerial Adviser Aleksandar Simic says that there is still no solution to the Kosovo crisis anywhere in sight, but that Serbia intends to defend its province of Kosovo-Metohija by all the means it had at its disposal.
“When someone fails to respect the Security Council, the only body that ought to react in times when there is a threat of aggression and war, particularly when someone does not observe
VII of the United Nations Charter and the resolution that was adopted in line with it, then there is nothing else a country can do,” Aleksandar Simic said late on Tuesday, in a live broadcast on Radio-Television Serbia (RTS).
Asked what was missing in Serbia’s daily claims that it would fight for Kosovo using all legal and political means, he replied that war was also a legal means, when no other options to defend state sovereignty and territorial integrity remained.
“Serbia has had negative experiences from the armed clashes during the civil wars in the former Yugoslavia, and this is why we are more prudent and cautious now but, of course, state interests are defended by war as well — every state has the right to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity by all means necessary,” Simic stressed.
The Numbers Game — Only Around 1 Million Ethnic Albanians in Kosovo Province
A lawyer by profession, Simic also pointed to the numerous manipulations with the numbers in the Balkans in general, and in Kosovo-Metohija province in particular. He said that the constant claim in the Albanian and Western press that there are “close to two million ethnic Albanians” in Serbian province is false, and that the latest provisional elections, where allegedly only around 43 percent of Albanian voters have taken part in the elections, have confirmed the earlier census data according to which there is no more than 1,1 - 1,2 million of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. Therefore, the percentage of those who voted is much higher in reality, since these provisional elections in the province were considered crucial in giving the vote for independence, but the heavily blown up numbers that have, on paper, doubled the ethnic Albanian population supposedly residing in Serbian province of Kosovo, have left an impression that less than half of them voted.
If there is only around one million of ethnic Albanians in the Serbian province, that also means that there is at least 25 percent of Serbs remaining in Kosovo — significantly more than commonly parroted 10 or even only 5 percent of Serbs remaining in Kosovo-Metohija.
If, on the other hand, the number of ethnic Albanians in the Serbian province has indeed doubled to up to two million within the past few years, than such a poor response in the key elections, whereby less than half of ethnic Albanian voters took part, can only mean that the majority of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo couldn’t care less about independence, and would have no objection to Serbian offer of autonomy within Serbian state. A referendum in Kosovo-Metohija which would show the true mood of majority of Kosovo Albanians might be a good idea after all.
U.S. Couldn’t Give Part of Serbia to Albanians Back in 1999, but that’s What they Promised and Want to Deliver Now
Simic said that the attempts at negotiating a mutually acceptable solution between Serbian officials and Kosovo Albanian separatists have failed due to Albanian separatists refusal to even consider Serbian proposals and, generally, refusal to hear out any proposal except granting them independence. According to Simic, there is currently no agreement between Russia, which seeks continuation of negotiations and United States, which insists on granting independence to the Kosovo Albanians in southern Serbian province, thereby imposing dismemberment of another UN member-state, sovereign Serbia.
Simic explained that the attempted negotiations were unrealistic in the sense that they boiled down to delivering the independence on a silver platter, as the United States promised to Kosovo Albanian separatists back in 1999.
Murderous asshole Richard Holbrooke with his buddies, KLA terrorists: should Balkans be plunged into another war because Holbrooke has promised independence to KLA back in 1999?
“The independence was not realized back then because the illegal bombardment of Serbia had to be covered up by returning the issue back into the UN legal system, i.e. the UN Security Council and its Resolution 1244,” Simic said, adding that the West is now deciding whether to take it out of the legal framework once again and wrap the illegal and unlawful unilateral declaration of independence into the so-called “recognition of reality” or a fait accompli.
Heavyweight Serbophobic Troll, Richard Holbrooke, Admits Kosovo Albanian Separatists Were Promised Independence Back in 1999
In today’s interview, one of the most malignant Serbophobes, a violent, belligerent asshole that has caused much of the suffering in the Balkans with his murderous “diplomacy”, personal buddy of KLA terrorists and a beneficiary of their heroin trade used to finance the campaigns of the U.S. presidential nominees — Richard Holbrooke — has fully confirmed Serbian accusations that Western powers led by the United States have made a mockery out of negotiations they never wanted to succeed, simply because they promised “peaceful transition to independence” to the terrorist KLA seeking to dismember Serbia back in 1999.
According to Holbrooke, Russians under the drunken-Yeltsin leadership, while still firmly held in Soros’ pocket, were good and helpful — they even persuaded Serbian leadership to withdraw the army from Kosovo province in 1999. “Yet, Holbrooke says, [Putin’s] Moscow this time has been no help at all, encouraging Serbia’s stubbornness and declining to help work out an arrangement to allow Kosovo a peaceful transition to the independence it has been promised by the international community” [emphasis added].
It’s too bad Holbrooke won’t be able to deliver on his promise, since “peaceful transition” to anything seems to be out of the question. But instead of sending others’ sons to protect his KLA buddies in Serbian province, the least Holbrooke should do to show the weight of the word he gave would be to send his own sons to fight for their father’s beliefs in Kosovo.
Monday, December 03, 2007
A few days ago, presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton released a statement advocating the US unilaterally recognize the Albanian takeover of Serbia's Kosovo province as "a new country".
In proposing that the US unilaterally recognize "Kosovo Independence", Hillary Rodham Clinton is advocating that the United States:
1. Provide support & recognition for the establishment of the violent narco-terrorist state of Albanian Kosova run by war criminals and the Albanian Mafia, whose only current income comes from selling illegal drugs, kidnapping, sex slavery and arms dealing, yet which is otherwise economically nonviable and will be totally dependent on foreign aid (from our taxes) for many years to come.2. Support the desecration and theft of Christian land in order to create an overwhelmingly Muslim country in Europe. (Metohija in the original Serbian name for the place "Kosovo-Metohija", literally translates to "Land of Monasteries". Recognizing Kosovo Independence will turn "Land of the Monasteries" into "Land of the Mosques")
3. Legitimize ethnic cleansing and reverse ethnic cleansing as viable "political tools", providing the victims are not Muslim.
4. Push Democratic Serbia -- a needed ally in the war on terror -- solidly out of the US sphere of influence and spawn a more reactionary government in Serbia.
5. Sponsor new wars in the Balkans, as Albanians in Macedonia, Northern Greece, Montenegro and the rest of Southern Serbia have also expressed (often violently) a wish to secede land from their countries to create a "Greater Albania", beginning with "Kosovo Independence".
6. Weaken the concept of national sovereignty by setting a precedent for minorities everywhere (including in the US), who wish to secede land from the countries in which they live.
7. Solidify the use of NATO as "an aggressive entity", whose new charter will be to steal land from any country it chooses and and give it arbitrarily to any minority it sees fit, thereby reneging on NATO's original charter as a "defensive organization".
8. Violate the Helsinki Final Act of 1975 which the US not only signed, but also which the Commission on Organization & Security were designed to monitor and on which Hillary Rodham Clinton actually serves as a OSCE Commissioner! (Fire her, now!)
9. Bypass the UN Security Council, completely ignoring the objections of both UN Security Council members, Russia and China, and renege on UN Resolution 1244 which preserved the territorial integrity of Serbia.
10. Create a new Cold War with Russia, when Russia is actually on the legal and moral high-ground on this issue, while the US is legally and morally standing in a pit.
If anyone is silly enough to see Hillary Rodham Clinton a potential presidential "peace candidate" or think that her initial vote for the Iraq war was just an "Oops", think again. Hillary Clinton's support for US recognition of Kosovo Independence is not only a guaranteed formula for more wars in the Balkans, but also a demon seed guaranteed to spawn new conflicts around the globe -- and a new Cold War with Russia. Hillary Clinton is in fact more of a warmonger than most neon-cons, even if she wraps her bombs with the label "humanitarian" and claims to be "fighting genocide" when she is in fact, cheering on the genocide of anyone in her geopolitical way. The crumb she tossed to "full protection of the rights of all minorities in Kosovo, especially the Serbs " was a nice touch in her statement, but if thousands of NATO and UN troops haven't been able to protect the Serbs from rampaging, church-burning Kosovo Albanians in the last eight years when the now-scrapped "standards before status" game was on, Ms. Clinton knows that the Albanians have no reason to play nice when they finally get what they want.
According to Hillary-fan, Gail Sheehy' book, ( "Hillary's Choice", p.345), it was actually Hillary, personally, who in 1999 urged her husband to bomb Serbia on behalf of the Albanians. Hillary convinced then President Clinton to violate the US Constitution and NATO's charter to arm-twist NATO countries to go along with the bombing so that the US would not be left holding the bag, alone. The 1999 NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia created a wave of anti-American sentiment around the world that persists to this day because it was obvious that this was really American policy in action . Yet, could at least the NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia, if not the aftermath, be considered "a success"? No! Not even according to NATO, itself! But don't tell Hillary that! She, along with other members of the Clinton Administration nostalgically look back on the Clinton Balkan policy as "possibly their greatest achievement". That alone should tell you something, but then again Ms. Clinton must be hoping for voters too young or forgetful to remember her husband's empty promise eleven years ago of "American troops in Bosnia will be home by Christmas". (Eleven years later, those troops are still there.)
Given the fact that Bosnia and Kosovo are now unraveling, I can understand why Ms. Clinton would like to shift the blame to"the neglect of the Bush Administration". But, while President Bush can rightfully be blamed for many things, straying from the stupidly destructive, pro-jihadist Clinton course in the Balkans certainly isn't one of them. Even after Kosovo Albanians (aka "Kosovars") tried to cause as many American service casualties as possible at Fort Dix, President Bush has plowed ahead with globalist "Balkan Clintonia" --that mythic land where "Serbs (or what's left of them) will one day bow before the New World Order in gratitude for their servitude and thank America for finally making them to give in to the Islamic aggression that their ancestors wasted so much of their blood trying to resist". Mythic land, indeed -- and one where understandably no one, least of all the Serbs, wish to live.
A good question would be why Bush, the Clintonistas, and so many on both sides of the aisle in Congress are so keen to risk so much to push forward with what is obviously such a completely flawed policy in a part of the world that most Americans don't give a damn about. Could it be the millions of dollars that the Albanian lobby has poured into the campaign coffers of both parties for so many years? Or, because they made a bad decision years ago, but hope by going forward with it that they can bury it? Or maybe that they are all bending over backwards to please Saudi Arabia even if it kills us (but makes them richer)? All of those factors certainly have contributed to the "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" policy toward the Moslem Kosovo Albanians, but there is yet something else that we are not noticing.
"It's about raw power, Baby"! President Bush, Mrs. Clinton and most of the Democrats and Republicans are "globalists" (which is why even Bush is for open borders between the US & Mexico). Modern politicians on both sides of the aisle in Congress see "protecting and making the US a better place for its citizens to live" as just too small of a goal and playing field for their unbridled ambition. In short, real Americans are just not that important to most of those we've been electing. American politician also know that there is only so far that they can go in a short period of time with American citizens on American soil without starting a revolution, so all they have to do is keep us distracted while the changes happen here incrementally and happen rapidly elsewhere where we aren't looking. There is nothing to stop them from using some little conflict in the Balkans that most Americans don't understand let alone care about as their personal petri dish for experimenting with the New World Order.
This is not to say that globalists like Ms. Clinton are just blind arrogant children with no end-game in sight. There is a strategy to their actions in Kosovo.
If they can weaken the concept of national sovereignty by tearing Kosovo away from Serbia and unilaterally recognize "Kosovo Independence", they can do the same anywhere in the world -- create a Palestinian State, with or without Israel's consent and then unilaterally recognize it; sponsor & recognize other new mini-states in other long-established countries that they perceive as a threat to their ambitions; or longterm, even create an Aztlan with or without the consent of citizens of the Southwest US. And then package it all in the name of "a humanitarian peace" so that Americans will buy it.
But on what grounds?
In the US, rapidly expanding ethnic immigrant populations are voting blocks who are essential to electing politicians like Ms. Clinton, so why wouldn't a globalist like Ms Clinton want to indiscriminately let as many immigrants in as possible who could eventually vote for her? Of course she would -- as would most American politicians, if for no other reason than to just get elected when competing in races against other globalists. And who pays for it all? We do -- in indefensible borders while a war on terror is going on, as well as with our taxes. Electing people who want to play God is very expensive.
In the world beyond our shores, politically exploitable demographic shifts and changes are happening at an even faster rate, especially in the Balkans.
In Europe, while ethnic Europeans have been dying off, Kosovo Albanians have maintained the highest birthrate in Europe. Soft borders, explosive population growth, tribal exclusivity and perpetual financial aid to them, has allowed the Albanian population to behave like a veritable invasive species in the Balkans, challenging virtually every internationally recognized border that they manage to cross and eventually claim for "Greater Ethnic Albania". And Ms. Clinton wants to use the US to "legitimize" these conquests, thinking that it will win the conquering terrorists' loyalty. Yeah, right, good luck with that --Osama bin Laden got there first.
The globalist attitude toward "barbarians at the gate" is "Open the gates!", because this invasive population growth is the wave of the future. Who cares if these exponentially growing ethnicities kill off the old cultures and traditional religion of Europe to make way for the new? Who cares if young hoards steal what they need from the less numerous old? It's just social Darwinism at work. (It's easy for someone like Hillary to take such an attitude, because when you believe that nothing is sacred--except your reflection in the mirror--then anything is possible for you .)
Kosovo is just the first of many potential future conflicts that offer a test case for globalists like Ms. Clinton, because the globalist answer to shifting demographics is shifting borders -- using US power to take from the land rich and give to the land poor. And if takes more wars to help it happen, then Hillary Rodham Clinton is in! "Bomb those resistant bastards! They are in MY way!"
So if your idea of a perfect US president is one who sees the job as being "Tyrant Queen of the World", then vote for Hillary. Her Balkan policy proves those qualifications, nicely. As for me, I haven't given up on winning the war on terror, let alone be willing to vote to put a true political terrorist like Hillary in the Oval Office!
By Denis Boyles
The report in Le Figaro that a trio of today’s big powers — including Russia, the U.S., and the European Union — was at loggerheads in the Balkans, has a certain cold air of familiarity about it, right down to the annoying Serb nationalists at the center of it all.
The sudden chill between Russia and what we can now again call “the West” is the result of the collapse of talks between the Serbs and the Kosovars a couple of days ago. Their negotiations were supposed to be the “last chance” at working out a “settlement” — ostensibly of what relationship the Serbian province of Kosovo should have with Belgrade. In reality, the two sides were negotiating the terms of Serbian surrender demanded by the Kosovar terrorists they had once fought. The Serbs were willing to continue to come up with something, as the IHT reports today, but most think it would be an empty exercise: On December 11, the international community will impose a “solution” and grant Kosovo the independence its leaders demand. The Serbs will be scarred and Russia might not like it, but they both had their chance to do something about it eight years ago, and they missed it. Serbia was being run by a dangerous buffoon and the Russians were broke.
Now the Russians are rich as czars and everybody’s worried about what they might do — including, I guess, the Russians: Le Figaro’s reporter says the Russian foreign minister is “very alarmed” at the consequences of forcing Serbia to accept Kosovo’s independence. That Russian alarm was matched by American concern. Our negotiator, Frank Wisner, told Le Monde that “tensions are obvious.” Sorting out the Balkans should be a snap. The countries there are little and cute. But the “Balkan powder keg” is a local trademark, and for good cause..... National Review
Friday, November 30, 2007
If the US respected UN Security Council resolution 1244, which treats Kosovo as a part of Serbia, and the UN Charter, which guarantees sovereignty of internationally recognized states and their borders, a compromise solution for Kosovo could be found, Kostunica said in a statement distributed to Serbian media.
But he warned if Washington compromised the resolution and the UN Charter, peace and stability in the entire Balkan region would be at risk.
“Peace and stability in the Balkans can’t be built by force, legal violations and lawlessness,” Kostunica said.
“The whole responsibility is obviously on America and her choosing between law and stability on one side and lawlessness and long-term instability on the other."
Kostunica was responding to threats from Washington that the US and most European Union countries would recognise Kosovo bypassing the UN Security Council after negotiations between Belgrade and Pristina failed this week.
Kosovo has been under UN control since 1999 when NATO bombing drew Serbian forces out of the province amid reports of gross human rights violations in suppressing ethnic Albanian rebellion.
Belgrade has offered ethnic Albanians broad autonomy, but ethnic Albanians, who outnumber the remaining Serbs in Kosovo by 17 to one, have insisted on independence.
Kosovo president Fatmir Seidiu said on Thursday ethnic Albanians would proclaim independence soon after 10 December, when the UN negotiating troika submits a report to UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon.
“We will make these decisions in co-operation with our friends, the US and EU, immediately after constituting the new institutions, the government and parliament by 10 December,” Seidiu said.
He said the new parliament and government, based on November 17 election results, should be formed in the next ten days. The elections were won by the Democratic Party of Kosovo (DPK) and its leader Hasim Taci is likely to take over as new prime minister from Agim Ceku.
Taci, a former leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army, which started a rebellion against Serbian rule in 1998, has said the proclamation of independence was his first major goal.
Belgrade and its ally Russia oppose independence and advocate continuation of talks until a negotiated solution is found.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Kosovo Albanians refused to give up the dream of independence Wednesday during the final round of talks on the future status of the province. Serbia, however, is refusing to grant anything more than autonomy. German papers fear the consequences for the region and the EU.
Last-ditch efforts to find a solution to the problem of Kosovo failed on Wednesday -- as expected.
Three days of talks involving Serbia, the Kosovo-Albanians and envoys from the European Union, the United States and Russia had failed to produce an agreement for the future status of Kosovo that would be palatable to both sides. Now it looks increasingly likely the Kosovo-Albanians will declare independence from Serbia after the Dec. 10 deadline when the envoys are due to report back to the United Nations.
The only glimmer of hope was that the rival sides pledged to refrain from the use of force. "Both sides have made it clear to us that they are committed to avoiding violence," EU envoy Wolfgang Ischinger said after the talks in the Austrian town of Baden failed to find a way out of the deadlock. "The peace of the region is very much at stake," his US counterpart Frank Wisner said. "We're going to have a very difficult time."
Kosovo leaders have said that they will declare independence unilaterally if they do not gain UN Security Council approval -- something that is highly unlikely given that Russia, Serbia's key ally, intends to block recognition.
The province, whose population is 90 percent ethnic Albanian, has been administered by the UN since the war in 1998-99 when Albanian guerrillas fought Serb security forces. Over 10,000 civilians were killed and 800,000 forced to flee before NATO brought a halt to Serbia's offensive with three months of bombing.
A previous plan for eventual independence put forward by UN envoy Martti Ahtisaari was rejected by Serbia last summer and then blocked by Russia's Security Council veto. The UN then embarked on new diplomatic efforts to end Kosovo's limbo.
During the recent talks, Serbia had offered the province autonomy but the Kosovo-Albanians, encouraged by the United States, were unwilling to compromise and have insisted on nothing short of independence. Serbia is insisting that any unilateral declaration would violate international law and is drawing up plans which may include embargos and blockades. Serbia and Russia claim an independent Kosovo could trigger a domino effect in the region.
German papers are united in accepting that Kosovo will eventually declare independence and warn that this could have serious consequences for the region and for the European Union's foreign policy.
The left-leaning Berliner Zeitung writes:
"Kosovo ... will declare independence unilaterally, probably in the spring. The politicians in the West will be able to say that they had wanted a different development and did everything conceivable to achieve that -- but things are the way they are. And it will then be time to quickly recognize this reality: the state of Kosovo. For the EU that will be a severe test. Only a short time ago countries with minorities were reluctant to reward the separatism of the Albanians in any way. Now, in the face of the complete lack of prospects for any other option, only Cyprus looks like blocking it."
"The example of the neighboring states would support the quick recognition of Kosovo. When Slovenia and Croatia declared independence a decade and a half ago, the EU had a lot of misgivings. The speedy recognition was criticized by many as a fatal mistake. But from today's perspective, it seemed to stablize both countries, and was exactly the right move."
The center-left Süddeutsche Zeitung writes:
"Wolfgang Ischinger failed ... due to the intransigence of the Albanians. They want only one thing: independence ... None of the suggestions the Serbs made during the 120-day negotiations had the slightest chance. Why should the Albanians settle for autonomy when George W. Bush had already promised them their own state?"
"The EU mission in Kosovo has to have a sensible legal basis and the EU must unanimously accept an independence that is no longer avoidable."
"Both need time -- time the Albanians in their independence delirium don't want to take. Europe now has to try to exert a moderating influence on the leaders in Pristina. Because if independence is declared before the spring, it would have massive consequences for Serbian domestic politics. The Serbs are due to elect a new president at the start of next year. There is no doubt that the pro-European President Boris Tadic would lose to his radical opponent if Kosovo is independent by then. That could be fatal -- for Serbia and for the Balkans."
The center-right Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes:
"In a few days the clock will start to tick -- and then a series of events will be set in motion which has something fatalistic about it: The Kosovars will declare independence, America and the majority of EU states will recognize them, Serbia and Russia will furiously denounce the violation of international law (with Moscow playing a double game) and there will be unrest in Bosnia. The only thing that is clear is that the international community will be present in Kosovo for a long time -- and it will also have to have a military presence."
The conservative daily Die Welt writes:"The Albanians have spent eight years in a transitional phase, during which everything has stagnated, the economy has not developed and politics has been paralyzed. One cannot leave 2 million people permanently stranded just because the big powers cannot agree. The human right to pursue happiness, as laid down in the American Declaration of Independence, is also valid for Kosovars."
"The Balkans is going to become a test case for Europe's foreign policy once again. This failed miserably in the 1990s when Yugoslavia tore itself apart in a series of wars. Now the Europeans have to prove that they have learnt from previous mistakes and can act as the peacekeeping power in the Balkans and prevent new conflicts."
-- Siobhán Dowling, 12:45 p.m. CET
French Lt. Gen. Xavier de Marnhac also said the problem of tense relations between Kosovo's ethnic Albanian majority and Serb minority would eventually reach a "biological end" as the average age of the Serbs was much older.
Ethnic Albanians and Serbs failed in three days of talks in Austria to reach an agreement on Kosovo's final status, mediators said on Wednesday. Leaders of the 90 percent Albanian majority are preparing to declare independence within months.
De Marnhac said his KFOR peacekeeping force was prepared for a rise in tensions but declared: "It's going to be tough and to expect to do that without breaking eggs, forget it. We will definitely break some eggs."
Speaking by videolink from Pristina, he said: "We need, from a military perspective, to have a very clear understanding on what is the international community intent here in Kosovo."
He said this was particularly true for the Serb-dominated north if Serbs and the Serbian government refused to accept the authority of an ethnic Albanian-dominated Kosovo government.
Western powers are widely expected to accept Kosovo independence under European Union supervision. But Belgrade, backed by Russia, insists Kosovo should remain part of Serbia.
The province, with a population of around 2 million, has been under U.N. administration since NATO bombed Serbia in 1999 to end Serb repression of ethnic Albanians.
At the briefing organized by the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington, de Marnhac said the Serbian government had exerted increasing influence in the administration of Serb areas of Kosovo.
He said it appeared Belgrade was considering "some kind of separate ruling of these areas."
De Marnhac also said he was worried there could be a gap in the capabilities of Kosovo's international police force while it made the transition from a U.N. to an EU mission.
"Any gap that might happen in the changing of the international police presence here in Kosovo is a major concern for me," he said.
Albanian riots erupted in Kosovo in March 2004, killing 19 people and catching NATO flat-footed.
Asked if he had requested more troops for his 16,000-strong force, de Marnhac said he could call on reserve forces outside Kosovo but had not done so yet. One such battalion was conducting mission rehearsals in Kosovo now, he said.
In his briefing, de Marnhac also noted the average age of Kosovo's Albanians was 28, while the figure for Serbs was 54.
"In the mid to long term there will be some kind of biological end to the problem here because, you know, one of the population(s) will simply disappear," he said. (Editing by David Wiessler)
SerbBlog: And no one has the guts to call this what it is -- genocide!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
State Department Pushes Throttle Despite Clear Warnings
Renewed Violence Likely – But, Hey, Let’s Do It Anyway!
Editorial Comment from the American Council for Kosovo – You would think that anyone generally regarded as a skilled American diplomat, looking ahead to a looming confrontation among the major world powers, would be interested in finding a way to avert it. You would think that with U.S. forces stretched thin in so many places, notably in Iraq and Afghanistan, such an American diplomat would not seek to trigger violence in a region that, if not entirely quiet, at least has not been sufficiently unstable as to require the deployment of additional American forces. You would think that with America engaged in a global struggle with jihad terrorism, any competent diplomat would want to make extra sure the U.S. took no action that would strengthen terrorist and organized crime elements.
If that was what you thought, then meet former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke.
Writing in the Washington Post, Ambassador Holbrooke as much as says that an Albanian Muslim unilateral declaration of independence will lead to renewed violence in the Balkans – not just in Kosovo but possibly spilling over into Bosnia. (Anyone remember Bosnia?) Yet, applauding such a declaration as “long overdue,” his answer is to “beef up” the American and NATO presence in advance of the violence his recommended course would in fact trigger.
Perhaps even worse, Ambassador Holbrooke himself describes as a “train wreck” the inevitable confrontation U.S. recognition of an illegal and forcible attempt to separate the province from Serbia would provoke with Russia. (In a strange inversion of the truth, Ambassador Holbrooke blames Russia for the collision that would occur – because Moscow refuses to go along with an action that violates every accepted principle of the international system – not his friends at the State Department for insisting on it.) Meanwhile, Serbia’s reaction to any illegal and forcible attempt to grab any of its territory should not lightly be dismissed. “No one should have any doubt that we will annul any unilateral act, and treat unilateral independence as a null, void and non-binding phenomenon,” said Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica, after once again offering a deaf Albanian delegation the widest autonomy enjoyed by any ethnic or religious minority anywhere in the world; but, he said, “Serbia will not let an inch of its territory be taken away.”
It remains to be seen if the Bush Administration will proceed with eyes wide shut down the path Ambassador Holbrooke has marked. (And one can’t help asking: What’s he doing calling the shots for the Bush Administration, anyway?) But if they do, they can’t say they weren’t warned.
James George Jatras
Director, American Council for Kosovo
Other news worthy of note:
1. In November 21, 2007 Wall Street Journal letter-to-the-editor, “Mr. Ceku’s Disorderly House,” James George Jatras wrote: For the sake of brevity, let us focus on just one [assertion]: Mr. Ceku's suggestion that Kosovo, under his U.N.-supervised administration, has "put our structures in place and our house in order." This month's report by the European Commission tells a very different story: "Due to a lack of clear political will to fight corruption, and to insufficient legislative and implementing measures, corruption is still widespread," the report said. "Civil servants are still vulnerable to political interference, corrupt practices and nepotism" and "Kosovo's public administration remains weak and inefficient," the report added. Furthermore, "the composition of the government anti-corruption council does not sufficiently guarantee its impartiality," and "little progress can be reported in the area of organized crime and combating of trafficking in human beings." War crime trials are being "hampered by the unwillingness of the local population to testify" and "there is still no specific legislation on witness protection in place," according to the report. "Civil society organizations remain weak" and "awareness of women's rights in society is low." If this is the "house" Mr. Ceku claims "is in order" in advance of what he hopes will be conferral of independence, one shudders to think what disorder would look like. To be sure, Mr. Ceku makes use of the usual dodge that Kosovo's progress is limited by the absence of "clarity on our future status," namely independence. But Taiwan, by contrast, has gone without such clarity for over half a century and is nothing like the disaster over which Mr. Ceku presides. Instead of falling for his fairy tales about Kosovo's fitness for sovereignty the international community needs to open its eyes to the reality of this corrupt, criminal, and nonviable entity. Granting independence to Kosovo, which would mean handing de jure power to those responsible for this state of affairs, can only turn a disaster into a catastrophe.
2. In a November 20, 2007 WorldNetDaily column, “Kosovo and Israel,” Joseph Farah wrote: Let's face it: Americans don't care about Kosovo. So I want to talk about Kosovo today in a way that may help you care. If for no other reason, you should care because your government is about to shape the destiny of this province in Serbia in a way that is, well, immoral, illegal and counterproductive, to say the least. For starters, Kosovo is, and always has been, a part of Serbia. Its population is mostly Muslim and ethnically Albanian, in part due to a campaign of anti-Christian persecution that continues even under the watchful eye of the United Nations and NATO since 1999. Apparently George Bush and Condoleezza Rice believe America can win goodwill with radical Muslims around the world by creating a new state for them in Europe by ripping a province away from the predominantly Christian country of Serbia. Think about this: Globalists like Bush and Rice are at once promoting mergers and integration of sovereign nations into ever larger superstates and, at the same time, breaking apart tiny states like Serbia and Israel into even smaller pieces based on religious identity and ethnic issues. Why, on the one hand, does George Bush see no problem in welcoming tens of millions of Spanish-speaking Mexicans into the U.S. without regard to our laws but insists Arabs who recently moved into land controlled by Jewish Israel should have their own independent state? Is this consistent? Will Bush turn around at some time in the future and apply the same self-determination rules to his own country, creating an independent Spanish-speaking state? Supporters of Israel should be especially concerned about what is taking place in Kosovo. This is proving ground for the New World Order. Do you think the U.S. and the Western world should have the power to break apart sovereign nations that pose no threat whatsoever, carving them up and creating new states out of existing ones? I don't think so.
3. In a November 20, 2007 Boston Globe editorial, “First Kosovo, and then what?,” the editorial page opined: While 20 of the EU's 27 members favor independence for Kosovo, nearly all dread a unilateral declaration. That prospect conjures up memories of Europe's careless acceptance of declarations of independence from Yugoslavia by Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia in the early 1990s. Those acts ushered in horrific wars and crimes against humanity. A unilateral lunge for independence by Kosovo could spur Serbs in Bosnia and Herzogovina - half that country's population - to follow suit. And Kremlin warnings against the imposition of any Kosovo formula not acceptable to Serbia raises the specter of Russian backing for independence movements in Georgia, Moldova, and even Ukraine. This would be a prescription for armed conflict around the periphery of Europe. Some European diplomats also worry about the United Nations carving new countries out of older countries' provinces. They recognize that separatist reflexes persist in regions such as Catalonia and the Basque country. Even the Flemish and Walloon populations of tiny Belgium may want a nationalist divorce. The Kosovo majority's impatience for independence is understandable, particularly since it has been subjected to a corrupt and inefficient UN tutelage. But the European, American, and Russian mediators should keep Serbia and the Kosovars at the negotiating table as long as it takes to hammer out a resolution to which both sides agree. This may mean incorporating the Serbian-populated area of Kosovo into Serbia proper, along with Serbian monasteries and holy sites. It may entail minor population transfers. But whatever the eventual solution, it should be accepted by the two peoples and not imposed by outsiders.
4. In a November 21, 2007 Washington Times Forum, “Jihad can’t break our cold war addiction,” Julia Gorin wrote: Despite al Qaeda and Iran considering it their greatest recent victory, the Balkans remain the most aggressively ignored region in the context of the war on terror — by media, by the blogosphere that is supposed to police the media, and by our politicians — busily feeding off the spoils of our suicidal machinations there. It is popularly thought that this forgotten and convoluted region is insignificant. Most people hardly remember the word “Kosovo” and even members of the conservative (and liberal) intelligentsia furrow their brows when someone is odd enough to bring it up. And yet “insignificant” Kosovo has so far managed to restart the Cold War; to lay the foundation for Europe's next Muslim state; to foist a terrorist neighbor onto Macedonia, Greece, Montenegro and Serbia; to break international law; to set a precedent for secessionist movements the world over; to reverse the American imperative in the War on Terror and the War on Drugs; and to expand al Qaeda's long-sought European base. In short, it has managed to turn America into a traitor to itself and the Free World it once led. Had the Right grasped the horror of what Bill Clinton's Balkan wars have achieved, and exposed the mainstream media lies that led to them, the Bush policy could have charted a different course there, one consistent with post-September 11, 2001, thinking, and conservatives would be setting the terms of debate today rather than constantly defending their war in Iraq.
5. In a November 23, 2007 EUobserver comment, “A Baltic Solution to a Balkan Problem,” Peter Sain ley Berry wrote: We are not often given the privilege of seeing into the future. Certainly, if we expect something to turn nasty, we rarely know when that nastiness will begin. Yet we have on the European continent at the present time just such a time bomb with the days and minutes until it goes off quietly ticking away. I wonder that they don't erect a large digital display on the Berlaymont in Brussels; it might help to concentrate minds. I refer, of course, to Kosovo and the deadline of Monday 10 December by which date a determination of that province's final status has to be determined. At the time of writing, we are a mere 18 days away. Legally the province is a part of Serbia but has been under United Nations administration since NATO led troops drove out the Yugoslav army almost a decade ago. The population is overwhelmingly Albanian and in last Sunday's general election, boycotted by the few remaining Kosovo Serbs, the largest number of seats were taken by a party pledged to declare independence unilaterally after 10 December, if an agreed solution has not been found beforehand. Such a unilateral declaration has always been seen as potentially damaging to orderly relations and poses a special problem for the European Union whose members would be split over whether to recognise the new entity in the absence of a UN resolution. It would also split the USA and Russia whose sympathies lie respectively with the Kosovans and the Serbs; Russia wielding a UN veto over any independence proposal, not approved by its Serbian ally.
1. Mr. Ceku’s Disorderly House
By James George Jatras
The Wall Street Journal – November 21, 2007
The recent column by Agim Ceku ("Kosovo Wants Independence," Nov. 15) presents the critic with what military planners would call a target-rich environment. Virtually every assertion about Kosovo's prospects as an independent state screams out for rebuttal.
For the sake of brevity, let us focus on just one: Mr. Ceku's suggestion that Kosovo, under his U.N.-supervised administration, has "put our structures in place and our house in order." This month's report by the European Commission tells a very different story:
"Due to a lack of clear political will to fight corruption, and to insufficient legislative and implementing measures, corruption is still widespread," the report said. "Civil servants are still vulnerable to political interference, corrupt practices and nepotism" and "Kosovo's public administration remains weak and inefficient," the report added.
Furthermore, "the composition of the government anti-corruption council does not sufficiently guarantee its impartiality," and "little progress can be reported in the area of organized crime and combating of trafficking in human beings."
War crime trials are being "hampered by the unwillingness of the local population to testify" and "there is still no specific legislation on witness protection in place," according to the report. "Civil society organizations remain weak" and "awareness of women's rights in society is low."
If this is the "house" Mr. Ceku claims "is in order" in advance of what he hopes will be conferral of independence, one shudders to think what disorder would look like. To be sure, Mr. Ceku makes use of the usual dodge that Kosovo's progress is limited by the absence of "clarity on our future status," namely independence. But Taiwan, by contrast, has gone without such clarity for over half a century and is nothing like the disaster over which Mr. Ceku presides.
Instead of falling for his fairy tales about Kosovo's fitness for sovereignty the international community needs to open its eyes to the reality of this corrupt, criminal, and nonviable entity. Granting independence to Kosovo, which would mean handing de jure power to those responsible for this state of affairs, can only turn a disaster into a catastrophe.
James George Jatras
American Council for Kosovo
2. Kosovo and Israel
By Joseph Farah
World Net Daily – November 20, 2007
Let's face it: Americans don't care about Kosovo.
So I want to talk about Kosovo today in a way that may help you care.
If for no other reason, you should care because your government is about to shape the destiny of this province in Serbia in a way that is, well, immoral, illegal and counterproductive, to say the least.
For starters, Kosovo is, and always has been, a part of Serbia. Its population is mostly Muslim and ethnically Albanian, in part due to a campaign of anti-Christian persecution that continues even under the watchful eye of the United Nations and NATO since 1999.
Apparently George Bush and Condoleezza Rice believe America can win goodwill with radical Muslims around the world by creating a new state for them in Europe by ripping a province away from the predominantly Christian country of Serbia.
Think about this: Globalists like Bush and Rice are at once promoting mergers and integration of sovereign nations into ever larger superstates and, at the same time, breaking apart tiny states like Serbia and Israel into even smaller pieces based on religious identity and ethnic issues.
Why, on the one hand, does George Bush see no problem in welcoming tens of millions of Spanish-speaking Mexicans into the U.S. without regard to our laws but insists Arabs who recently moved into land controlled by Jewish Israel should have their own independent state?
Is this consistent?
Will Bush turn around at some time in the future and apply the same self-determination rules to his own country, creating an independent Spanish-speaking state?
Supporters of Israel should be especially concerned about what is taking place in Kosovo. This is proving ground for the New World Order. Do you think the U.S. and the Western world should have the power to break apart sovereign nations that pose no threat whatsoever, carving them up and creating new states out of existing ones?
I don't think so.
It's a power grab. And it is wrong. Where does this stop? If the New World Order crowd gets away with it in Kosovo, as soon as next month, will Israel even need to agree to future land grabs by world powers? Serbia doesn't agree.
I want to go on record right now: I object to my government's participation in this fraud, this meddling, this unlawful intrusion into the affairs of a sovereign nation posing no threat to its neighbors.
By the way, this is going to be done over the strong objection of Russia – a long-time, historic ally of Serbia.
I thought Bush was interested in improving relations with his buddy, Vladimir Putin. Why is he sticking his finger in his eye over a piece of real estate that means nothing to the interests of the United States? Why is he siding with radical Islamists against pro-Western Christians in the Balkans?
Let me explain, again, in case the Bush administration has missed my many previous explanations of why this policy will come back to haunt the U.S.
The Islamist world Bush seeks to mollify and appease with this strategy will not recognize this effort as an act of goodwill. It will see it as a retreat by the West. It will see it as a victory for its cause and its tactics – namely terrorism. That's how jihadists see concessions of any kind. Once they have Kosovo, their demands for more territory will increase.
Already, even under NATO-U.N. control, Kosovo resembles a jihadist state. The Saudis are building fabulous new mosques. Ancient churches are being torn down. Armed militias roam the countryside intimidating the minority population of Christians.
If anyone should be able to recognize the danger of U.S. meddling in Kosovo, it is supporters of Israel. What's happening in Europe is a warning shot of what is to come in the Middle East.
I know it's off your radar screen. I know you feel like you have more important things to worry about. I know the fix is in. But it's time for Americans to stand up and scream about what their government has been doing, is doing and is about to do in Serbia with Kosovo.
Time is running out.
3. First Kosovo, and then what?
Boston Globe – November 20, 2007
EUROPE STILL has a Balkans problem. This is the message to take away from the victory of former guerrilla leader Hashim Thaci's party in Saturday's parliamentary elections in Kosovo - balloting that was boycotted by the 10 percent of Kosovo's population who are Serbs.
The UN-supervised region is officially part of Serbia. But ever since NATO went to war in 1999 to force Slobodan Milosevic to end his ethnic cleansing of Albanian villages in Kosovo, the region's Albanian majority have set their sights on separation from Serbia. Recently, American, Russian, and European mediators have been trying to craft a formula for autonomy or phased independence that would be acceptable both to Serbia and the Albanian Kosovar government.
The mediators are due to report to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon by that date, and Thaci has threatened to declare independence unilaterally if they do not recommend independence for Kosovo. But any such unilateral action could set off instability across the Balkans and beyond.
While 20 of the EU's 27 members favor independence for Kosovo, nearly all dread a unilateral declaration. That prospect conjures up memories of Europe's careless acceptance of declarations of independence from Yugoslavia by Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia in the early 1990s. Those acts ushered in horrific wars and crimes against humanity.
A unilateral lunge for independence by Kosovo could spur Serbs in Bosnia and Herzogovina - half that country's population - to follow suit. And Kremlin warnings against the imposition of any Kosovo formula not acceptable to Serbia raises the specter of Russian backing for independence movements in Georgia, Moldova, and even Ukraine. This would be a prescription for armed conflict around the periphery of Europe.
Some European diplomats also worry about the United Nations carving new countries out of older countries' provinces. They recognize that separatist reflexes persist in regions such as Catalonia and the Basque country. Even the Flemish and Walloon populations of tiny Belgium may want a nationalist divorce.
The Kosovo majority's impatience for independence is understandable, particularly since it has been subjected to a corrupt and inefficient UN tutelage. But the European, American, and Russian mediators should keep Serbia and the Kosovars at the negotiating table as long as it takes to hammer out a resolution to which both sides agree.
This may mean incorporating the Serbian-populated area of Kosovo into Serbia proper, along with Serbian monasteries and holy sites. It may entail minor population transfers. But whatever the eventual solution, it should be accepted by the two peoples and not imposed by outsiders.
4. FORUM: Jihad can't break our Cold War addiction
By Julia Gorin
Washington Times Forum – November 21, 2007
It appears to many American observers that Moscow has been gravitating toward Cold War behavior without any rationale. This would certainly be puzzling behavior, given that, as some astute observers have pointed out, this is a Russia that recalled the Red Army from everywhere outside Russian borders, a Russia that allowed its satellite states to be thrown out of power, a Russia that recently embraced freedom and capitalism and let us show them how to do it
But soon after, the U.S. did something to sabotage, and ultimately reverse, this progress, making Russia legitimately wary of U.S. “interests” and leading it — and other nations — to conclude America is capable of being as mischievous as Russia. We bombed Europe. Specifically Serbia, for the crime of launching a counteroffensive against a terrorist insurgency in Kosovo whose aim was to snatch 15 percent of the country's land. And now the United States supports severing Kosovo from Serbia via a precedent-setting unilateral declaration of independence next month by the province's terrorist masters — over Moscow's logical objections. One of those terrorist masters, Agim Ceku — the province's “prime minister” — made the terrorist case in last week's Wall Street Journal.
To this day, almost no one grasps the significance of the damage the 1999 intervention single-handedly did to American standing and American credibility, when the United States turned NATO into an aggressive body, attacking a sovereign nation fighting none other than Islamic-financed separatists within its borders.
The current puzzlement at Russia's behavior harkens to a job interview I had the following year for a PR-writing position for a group called the Conference of Presidents of Major American-Jewish Organizations. Interviewing me was the executive vice president, a man named Malcolm Hoenlein. After discovering I was from Russia — and even recognizing my family name from the Refusenik lists he and other Jewish activists in the 1970s kept for clandestine visitations behind the Iron Curtain — he told me of a recent trip the and some other giants of organized Jewry took to Moscow. They were on a mission to impress upon the Russian government U.S. concerns about the selling off of Russia's military weaponry to the highest bidder.
Mr. Hoenlein said he and his colleagues were blindsided by the chilly and condescending reception they got from Moscow. “They laughed at us,” he told me. “They said, 'Why should we do what you Americans tell us?' The way we were treated — it was as if it was 20 years ago.”
I thought for a moment, then asked whether he thought it could have something to do with our recent actions in Yugoslavia (which, incidentally, were carried out while telling the Russians to take it easy on their own rebels, the Chechens). Mr. Hoenlein looked at me as if I had two heads: “What does that have to do with anything?” he snapped indignantly. But at that moment the phone rang, and afterward the subject was dropped.
Despite al Qaeda and Iran considering it their greatest recent victory, the Balkans remain the most aggressively ignored region in the context of the war on terror — by media, by the blogosphere that is supposed to police the media, and by our politicians — busily feeding off the spoils of our suicidal machinations there.
It is popularly thought that this forgotten and convoluted region is insignificant. Most people hardly remember the word “Kosovo” and even members of the conservative (and liberal) intelligentsia furrow their brows when someone is odd enough to bring it up.
And yet “insignificant” Kosovo has so far managed to restart the Cold War; to lay the foundation for Europe's next Muslim state; to foist a terrorist neighbor onto Macedonia, Greece, Montenegro and Serbia; to break international law; to set a precedent for secessionist movements the world over; to reverse the American imperative in the War on Terror and the War on Drugs; and to expand al Qaeda's long-sought European base.
In short, it has managed to turn America into a traitor to itself and the Free World it once led.
Had the Right grasped the horror of what Bill Clinton's Balkan wars have achieved, and exposed the mainstream media lies that led to them, the Bush policy could have charted a different course there, one consistent with post-September 11, 2001, thinking, and conservatives would be setting the terms of debate today rather than constantly defending their war in Iraq.
Had even one A-list blog bothered to investigate and shine a light on that debacle — which will yet prove itself to be the nexus of the free world's demise — there never would have been even any talk of a Clinton candidacy for 2008.
5. [Comment] A Baltic solution to a Balkan problem
By Peter Sain ley Berry
EUobserver – November 23, 2007
EUOBSERVER / COMMENT - We are not often given the privilege of seeing into the future. Certainly, if we expect something to turn nasty, we rarely know when that nastiness will begin. Yet we have on the European continent at the present time just such a time bomb with the days and minutes until it goes off quietly ticking away. I wonder that they don't erect a large digital display on the Berlaymont in Brussels; it might help to concentrate minds.
I refer, of course, to Kosovo and the deadline of Monday 10 December by which date a determination of that province's final status has to be determined. At the time of writing, we are a mere 18 days away.
Legally the province is a part of Serbia but has been under United Nations administration since NATO led troops drove out the Yugoslav army almost a decade ago. The population is overwhelmingly Albanian and in last Sunday's general election, boycotted by the few remaining Kosovo Serbs, the largest number of seats were taken by a party pledged to declare independence unilaterally after 10 December, if an agreed solution has not been found beforehand.
Such a unilateral declaration has always been seen as potentially damaging to orderly relations and poses a special problem for the European Union whose members would be split over whether to recognise the new entity in the absence of a UN resolution.
It would also split the USA and Russia whose sympathies lie respectively with the Kosovans and the Serbs; Russia wielding a UN veto over any independence proposal, not approved by its Serbian ally.
So much is known and indeed has been discussed many times as talks over UN envoy Marti Ahtisaari's plans for the province to have supervised independence have ground on.
Now a spectacle far more hideous than a mere diplomatic split threatens to raise its ugly head. It is no exaggeration to say that the spectre of war is again hanging over the Balkans.
The fear is that a unilateral declaration of independence could prompt a new invasion of Kosovo by Serbia with the immediate objective of securing those Serb communities in Mitrovica, Zvecan, Zubin Potok,and Leposavic on the Kosovo side of the border and leading to a de facto partitioning of the province.
This would be resisted of course, both by the UN's NATO led peacekeeping forces - KFOR - and certainly by the Kosovans. In recent days the UN administration has dispatched KFOR forces to the Kosovo-Serb border, effectually closing it off to possible incursions.
Inexorably we could be dragged into conflict again. And not just in Kosovo. For even a minor skirmish would threaten to destabilise the fragile status quo among the Serb communities in neighbouring Bosnia-Herzegovina, at least some of whom are still attached to the idea of a greater Serbia and not entirely comfortable in their Bosnian republic.
It would not take much for them to come to the aid of the Kosovo Serbs and perhaps to try a little border alteration of their own between Bosnia and Serbia. Even Macedonia is still not completely stable with recent clashes between police and armed Albanians. By Christmas a swathe of the Balkans could be alight.
That we can even be contemplating such a scenario in the heart of the European continent in the first decade of the twenty-first century and among nations whose future membership of the great European partnership is all but assured, is remarkable to say the least. That we can be contemplating such a scenario without the most strenuous efforts being made to avert the crisis in the capitals of the Union is almost unbelievable.
Far from being at the heart of the European continent, enveloped by the Union itself on three sides and by the sea on the fourth, the Balkans is too often treated as some distant and far away region of which we know little and care less. A problem for the UN, perhaps, or NATO, and one to which we contribute certainly, but not as a major EU problem for which we take the prime responsibility in finding a solution.
Well, that needs to change quickly if we are not to have another red stain on our proud European map.
Of course solutions are being advanced - various kinds of independence along the ‘now you see it now you don't' lines are proposed for Kosovo. The latest is to suggest that the province takes on a similar status to the Baltic Aland Islands, which belong to Finland but are, for all practical purposes, independent, neutral, and demilitarised. Their people speak Swedish to which country they are geographically and socially proximate.
Such solutions might have worked had not the Kosovans been encouraged first by the Ahtisaari plan and then by the United States and certain EU members who let it be known that independence was their preferred solution. Their strong indications to the effect that they would recognise an independent Kosovo, regardless of any UN resolution, have of course led the Kosovans to believe they have nothing to lose by taking a hard line.
Moreover, with a new electoral mandate (albeit on a low turnout of 43 per cent) behind him, Mr Hashim Thaci, the former Kosovo guerilla leader, is unlikely to back down now. Meanwhile the clock ticks away the minutes to potential disaster.
It is difficult to see what can be done, but a start might be for the EU and the USA to declare - as Russia does - that they would not recognise an illegal independence, unilaterally declared by the Kosovans, without a UN resolution. That at least would be a signal that the international community had re-adopted the principle of international law as a means of settling inter-state disputes.
This would send a clear signal to the Kosovans that although they might declare independence, no advantage, indeed considerable disadvantage, would result from such a declaration.
If the Kosovans could be made to understand this, just possibly they could be persuaded to join a Baltic cruise to the Aland Islands and to study ways in which they could enjoy the benefits of self-government without having their own seat at the UN. And just possibly we could continue to be able to say that the last conflict on mainland Europe took place in the 20th century.
The author is editor of EuropaWorld