Friday, June 15, 2007

The Conservative Voice: "Bush Is Wrong on Kosovo"

Perhaps it was because he was greeted with a hero's welcome, or perhaps his sympathy for illegal immigrants is great all over the world, President Bush thinks that Kosovo should be an independent state. President Bush made this statement while in Albania, while being greeted with cheers instead of black masked thugs who compare him to Hitler.

During the Clinton administration we bombed Serbia for 78 days in order to support the ethnic Albanian majority of Kosovo. It sounds like we were, once again, standing up for the underdog. Here's the problem: Kosovo belongs to the Serbs, it always has. It is considered the heartland of Serbia. The Albanians who were fighting for Kosovo's independence belonged to the KLA, a group with ties to Usama Bin Laden, and a group recognized by our own state department as a terrorist group. That is until President Clinton found them a useful poster boy for a group of freedom fighters and had them removed from the terrorist list in 1999.

The Serbian army was fighting its own war against Islamic terrorism, and we sided with the terrorists. Now, I don't want to stand up for the late Slobodan Milosevic. He was a brute and a dictator. But Serbia did not start the war in Kosovo, the Albanians did. The Albanians began illegally immigrating to Kosovo (probably assuring the Serbs they were there to do the jobs the Serbs wouldn't do) and once they constituted a majority of the population they demanded independence.

Somehow, I don't think independence is what they really want. They want to ethnically cleanse the area of Serbs. Today Serbs are only 10% of the population. They live in ghetto like conditions, unable to leave their fortified neighborhoods without risking violence upon themselves.They are prisoners in their own homes, and prisoners in their own country. The international community, instead of telling the thieving Albanians to get out, is insisting that the Serbs vacate their own country. After this ethnic cleansing is complete, the newly independent Kosovo will most likely attempt to unify itself to Albania.

By President Bush's logic, we should give the southwest back to Mexico. After all Americans are quickly becoming a minority in those states as illegal immigrants from south of the border(here to do "jobs Americans won't do") continue to pour in. And unlike Kosovo belonging to the Albanians, the southwest once belonged to Mexico. Perhaps the U.S. could take a lesson from the Balkans and be reminded the price of open borders, what happens to a country when the cultural and ethnic balance shifts, and maybe we can wonder where the loyalty of our new arrivals lie?

Rewarding illegal immigrants, whether it is with amnesty, or giving them an independent country that isn't there's, is never a good idea.


Anonymous said...

On the serious side, Why is it that Bush can not see what we see so clearly in Kosovo?????? Is there some hidden worth that Bush sees for example OIL!!!!! It's very clear that Kosovo is a traing groud for terrorists to enter into Europe. I think at this stage of the game, maybe France and Germany might agree.

Anonymous said...

I am of Albanian descent and perhaps I am a little biased in my opinion, but whatever the future may hold for Kosovo and regardless what Bush thinks or doesn't think about that region, Serbians and ethnic Albanians need to learn to live in peace with each-other. I have found through first hand experience that animosity between the two groups (by both Albanians and Serbians) exceeds the bounds of common sense. said...

Anonymous2: Of course Serbs and Albanians "to learn to live in peace with each other", but what is happening now is completely counterproductive to that. All that Western interference in the Balkans has ever done is increase the hostility between ethnicities.

And if anyone thinks that "Kosovo Independence" is being pushed by Bush for the benefit of either ethnic group, they are dellusional. George Bush & the Euros don't give a damn about Albanians or Serbs. This is just about some geopolitical plan that has Albanians as the "perfect pawns of the moment", but Albanians will get dumped by the side of the road bleeding the second that they are no longer useful to the plan -- whatever that plan is.

I have no personal animosity toward Albanians -- as a matter of fact, the only Albanian I ever recall talking with in my life, was 20 years ago at a folk dance festival and the lady was a sweetheart.

What you probably don't realize is that I would be sceaming as long and hard at Serbs if they were trying to rip off a piece of Albania for themselves and were forcing Albanians to live barbed wire ghettos, the way the reverse is actually true in Kosovo now. If Serbia were trying to break international law, I'd be screaming at Serbs. But the reverse is true right now.

The US is wrong in this. We have stuck our nose in the Blakans and screwed up big time. It is the honest and decent people on both sides, Serb and Albanians, who have suffered most and will continue to suffer. As an American, that doesn't make me sleep well at night, at all.