Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Remember the Balkans - The Washington Times

By Helle Dale
June 29, 2005

Acceptance of the past is often crucial for unlocking the promise of the future. That lesson helped Germans rebuild their country after World War II. The Russians, to their own detriment, have come nowhere close to dealing with the bloody history of the Soviet era. In the Balkan wars of the 1990s, which split up the former Yugoslavia, much tragic history remains to be re-examined, but recent events may represent something of a breakthrough for Serbia, a nation in denial about war crimes committed in its name. If that is indeed the case, we may finally see the area of the Balkans make progress toward social healing and economic development.
On June 2, Serbian television broadcast a shocking, graphic piece of evidence of the horrors of the recent past. It was a tape — made by a Serbian hit squad, the Scorpions — of the brutal murder of six Bosnian men and boys in the Bosnian city of Srebrenica in 1995. The rest of the world has known Srebrenica as a place of infamy, where 8,000 Bosnian males of all ages were massacred by Serbian troops in horrible violation of the adage that "never again" must the horrors of genocide take place on European soil. In the Balkans, it did, while the rest of Europe was holding meetings about what to do to stop it.
The video came to light as part of the evidence in the war-crimes trial of former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, and has finally stirred a wrenching and overdue internal debate in Serbia, where most accusations of Serbian war crimes have previously been dismissed as enemy propaganda, and where the Hague war crimes tribunal been dismissed as victors' justice.
Immediate evidence of its impact came in the form of a new willingness in Belgrade to hand over suspected war criminals. Coming as this does just before the 10th anniversary of the massacre at Srebrenica on July 11, the tape is of critical importance. In the days since the video aired, Serbia has turned over a number of those wanted in The Hague; Serbia has been rewarded with the release of $10 million in U.S. aid that had been held up for lack of cooperation. Equally importantly, the Serbian government has opened its files on the most wanted of war criminals, Ratko Mladic, the man who ordered the Srebrenica massacre.
The timing of these developments is propitious. After years of relative neglect, the Balkans is back on the political agenda in Washington and Brussels, specifically the question of final status for the Serbian autonomous province of Kosovo, which has been left in political limbo for the past six years — since NATO bombing put an end to Serbian attempts to drive out the region's majority ethnic Albanian population.
Kosovo, whose Albanian population seeks independence from Serbia, has been a U.N. protectorate with more than 20,000 plus international troops stationed there, of whom 7,000 are Americans. This has produced an unstable peace, which was interrupted last spring by a vicious ethnic-cleansing campaign directed at Kosovo's Serbian minority population by Albanians.
Yet, enough political progress has been made that the U.S. government has decided to push strongly for negotiated final status talks for Kosovo this year. As stated by the administration's point man on the issue, Undersecretary for Political Affairs Nick Burns, "Kosovo has been put on the backburner for years. We have to go back and complete the job."
The Bush administration's preferred scenario is having a European chief negotiator with a strong American No. 2. Beyond calling for final status to be the target, the Americans have declined to come up with a formula. Yet, it is widely believed that a formula that allows some form of conditional independence for Kosovo — strong human-rights guarantees for the ethnic Serbian minority while precluding Kosovo from joining up with Albania — will be in the picture.
The real issues are whether Kosovars can be made to accept something less than 100 percent independence (at least for now) and whether Serbs will finally recognize that they have to let Kosovars determine their own future. Meanwhile, the role of the international community, specifically the United States and the European Union, is to offer Serbia, Kosovo and the other parts of the former Yugoslavia the inclusion in our institutions that offer them hope for the future. That would make 2005, 10 years after the nadir of the atrocities committed in the Balkans, a year to remember.


Chris Blaku said...

The Albanians can accept any form of independence, provided it is not dependant on Belgrade, however it is the Serbians whose actions may be extreme.

Anonymous said...

yo Chris,
get a life dude... you don't need to comment on everything...

Anonymous said...

Instead of posting an argument or an opinion which is related to the article you post the above comment.

I think you should get a life. His comments are very factual and interesting. Please keep it going.


PS Kosova will be independent, be it conditional or whatever. We will then show the region how to build a prosperous multiethnic society.

MArtyr said...

Independance will not happen because USA knows if that were to happen the world would go to hell;
-Pays Basque
-Republic of Srpska

Just because kosovo is now 95% albanian and growing, doe snot give you complete political and moral rights for independance.

There are lots of places around the world with seprated populations that do not get "Independance" just because the population is overwelmingly ethnic.

I find it interesting that NONE of you even consider what will happen if there is no independance. I think about all possible outcomes, and what happens after that. You guys are constantly thinking about your precious independance. I know I may look like a fool when I say kosovo will not become independant, but that is only because this is an Albanian website. Let me just tell you, if you really think Kosovo will become independant, dont expect it to happen without a war.

Martyr said...

by the way, I find this site to be very biased, even though you use the Srebrenica video agaisnt us, I see you guys havent heard of Naser Oric

anyone that wishes to have a semi formal deabte here, I ask you to read this

Anonymous said...

I think the person that definitely needs to get a life here is Martyr. Yes, this is an Albanian website but you are allowed to comment - in your case an unleash of vulgarities - all day long. Despite this, you still have nothing with which to enlighten Albanians or international readers of this blog.

I'm no big expert in geo-politics nor any kind of oracle but there are two great sayings in America which have been describing the situation and its resolution in KosovA. The first one say, when "the going gets tought, the tough gets going." And the other one is actually a poem (for da homie, too)
What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

It blows your mind, doesn't it?

Anonymous said...

It is ashame to see the serbs and there blind hatred take them no where but into a downward spiral.Instead of wanting prosperity in the balkans a majority of them want war.
I just want to comment on the person said this: PS Kosova will be independent, be it conditional or whatever. We will then show the region how to build a prosperous multiethnic society.
I'm sorry I have nothing against your people,land,or cause.I'm actually for it.But Kosova is 96% Albanian,3% serb,1% other.This is far from multiethnic.And besides friend, Macedonia is already showing the balkans that there could be a multiethnic state in the balkans and look at how much closer Macedonia is to achieving NATO and EU status compared to the stubborn serbs who will most likely be the last country to join the EU.


Anonymous said...

To the above blogger regarding sayings in America. I have also heard: "my Godness, we bombed the wrong people". I wonder all the time why you think US is on your side and will support you. In US people dont care about Kosova. Many dont know where it is since it is of no importance and a small province in the outskirts of Europe. No when the crazy leaders like Milosevic and soon to be also Mladic and his murderers will be behind bars, we will go for the next lunartics in old UCK. I think it will be about 5-6 who later will be brought to Hague. After this, in a couple of years, its time for Sudan and Rwanda to face justice. Im not sure at all that Kosova will be independent. Not at all. Of course, Serbia will not come back, but in my opiion, the most possible outcome will be that Kosova will still be a province to Serbia, but with almost full sovereignity. If one side of US or EU dont want Kosova to be a new country, it will not happen. In any case, I doubt that anyone alive now will be able to see the final solution for Kosova in their lifetime.
Timmy from Chicago.

Anonymous said...

Martyr - This site never said it was unbiased. It's a blog, so everyone is free to comment but the owners of the blog can post whatever they want with no promises of equal balance. While it is mostly pro-Albanian, there are also a significant number of neutral articles and articles from the international media.

Don't be bitter because you have nothing constructive to debate in this forum.

Anonymous said...

You speak in very non-american terms and idology for being an american. Denying freedom to an entire people is un-american. Which is probably what makes me think you are from from being an american. Why did we go to Iraq, so the Iraqis can taste freedom. Now, that is what america is about. Maybe late but America always comes through in bringing freedom loving people - FREEDOM.
Check your self Timmy I think you have a little serb idology in you.

Jimmy from Washington D.C.

Anonymous said...


Mr. Hughes himself wasn't quite sure of what would happen to the dream,

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

But then wondered,

Or does it explode?

Anonymous said...

Jimmy. Dont get me wrong here. I am neither pro Albanian or pro Serbian. Actually, Im pro american. But I often read about Albanians that think we rather would help them than help the Serbs. I am a forgiver. I dont think that the Serbian PEOPLE are any better or worse than Albanians or any other people. Just because Serbs have had extreme bad and criminal leaders who have hidden the truth for them and fooled them, just like the Kosova Albanian leaders now fools the Albanians with money and crap about freedom, doesnt make the people bad. (I mean, the US and EU have pumped in about 5000000000 USD into Kosova - and there is still not enough electricity in the winter. Hey, come on.....where is the money? I know where they are, but unfortunately, if you cannot guess it, I cannot tell you either because of classified. But I think you know some of this because some of you on this forum seems pretty smart.
What do you say about "Denying freedom to an entire people". Of course Im not denying freedom. But now when Milosevic and soon also Mladic/Karadzic will be behind bars, there is calm and the fact remains, believe me on this or you will be VERY surprised, Kosova will not be independent. There will be no change of borders in the Balkans. I could bet 10000 USD on that. Maybe it would be the best solution if Kosova became independent, I dont know, but it will not happen. "Why did we go to Iraq, so the Iraqis can taste freedom". Well, why did we go ? I have 4 relatives there and 2 of them have been in Kosova at Bondsteel and they were sure whats going on in Kosova, believe me. They told me that there are enormous criminality among the Albanian leaders but the people dont know so much about it yet. And to your intimation that I could be a Serb. No Im not. We have been here six generations in Chicago area. The closest Serb I know is the owner of a cab company here and he is a millionaire with two very famous and beautiful daughters. I think you know who I mean if you are from DC.


Timmy, Chicago, Il

Chris Blaku said...

The money is not controlled by Albanian politicians, or decision makers, but rather the criminals of UNMIK. They answer to the same authority that is now being questioned with regard to Oil-for-Food scandals with Iraq, and child slavery and kidnapping charges in their missions all over the world.

The extent of the Serb infiltration in this webpage under the ridiculous guise of Americans is expected, as they will never be anything more than weasels.

Chechnya has a tougher time achieving independence because they are directly up against Russia, which is still considered to be a formidal power. Moreover, they have relied more on terrorism than frontal freedom fighting, and that has lead to the Americans placing more distance between the two of them. President Bush is in fact, the first President to NOT condemn the Russian government for their oppression of the Chechyans.

It is a similar situation with the Basques, being that they populate areas in Spain and France (two formidable powers), and they have turned to terrorism as an answer.

Tibet has been the site of much oppression, however, the fact that they face a formidable superpower such as China is reason enough for America to avoid full frontal support of their cause.

Republic of Srpska, it's funny that this tiny joke of a republic is mentioned with these larger problems. The Serbs of Bosnia have a leveraged and more privaledged position than both Bosnians and Croatians within the Federation, they do not desire to join their criminal brothers in Serbia, and do not have the guts to fight to do so (The Bosnians are armed this time).

The Kurds have achieved a strong degree of autonomy within the areas they live in. They have not demanded formal independence, nor conjoining as a Kurdish nation, but merely desire civil and human rights for their people across the five nations they live in.

Thomas Jefferson said, that if a government mistreats its people, it loses the right to govern them. It was in this spirit that he wrote the Declaration of Independence, and in this spirit the Albanians of Kosova have chosen to pursue their own destiny, free of the evil grip of Serbia.

The likely possible outcome in the event of anything other than Kosovar independence, is a full frontal Balkan war. This would be a war involving almost all Balkan nations and their territorial aspirations would be brought to light. Particularly disturbing would be Greece and Turkey's eventual participation. Eight million Albanians live in the Balkans, and 60% are under the age of 30, which can make for a massive guerilla force. Moreover, Kosova is the home of the largest US base outside of the US, and in the event of a Balkan war, it would be forced to defend itself.

The Americans have particular strategic interest in having an Albanian partner in the Balkans. It is quite simple, the Balkans are an important region to have allies in, particularly in today's War on Terror. Albania/Kosova is 90 minutes away from the Middle East via flights, and America's partner in the region, Turkey, has shown an unwillingness to participate in attacks on Muslim nations with Iraq. Greece is a nation ripe with anti-American and anti-sematic sentiment, and Serbia goes without saying. The level of anti-Americanism in the Balkans has reached a fever pitched level, except within Albanian borders, where America is regarded among the population and the governments to be the chief architect of democracy in the World.

To the blogger that claims that 96% Albanians in Kosova does not designate a multi-ethnic society, I must encourage you to read further before making such ignorant comments. Kosova does not refuse residents of foreign citizenship, the Serbians simply have never been a significant majority in the region. Their arrival en masse has been recent, particularly during Tito's rule.

Martyr, you know little and you stir up quite a fuss. Bring a rational argument so we can make it worth our while.

Chris Blaku said...

By the way, for you to base your opinions on Kosova or Iraq on the opinions of soldiers whom you know in combat is irrational and uneducated. It is common information that soldiers on the ground are told only what they must know to accomplish their mission. Unless you know a political higher up- please bring factual evidence or don't waste our time with your opinions.

Anonymous said...

To Chris Blaku, sometimes your posts are brilliant and sometimes they are can I say this without being too rude...dumb. You talk of total balkan wars and how there are 8 million Albanians and how that's guerilla warfare're letting your imagination get the better of you. Maybe you've been playing too much of Rome Total War on your computer.I believe that there will be no more balkan wars in the region.I believe that now it will be a war of words,the way it has been for a couple years now.I believe Kosova will gain independance and it will help out the region realize that European integration is a must.But your nonsensical tirades of having one of the biggest bases is really childish talk.
Now calling me ignorant for saying that Kosova isn't a real multiethnic state is again,childish on your part. When Kosova has more than 20% of minorities that it recognizes then it could claim such things.Again,the 3% serbs and 1% misc. does not constitute a multiethnic state that can "show the region" how a multiethnic nation can live and prosper.And when Kosova does finally become independant I would like to see Kosova recognize all their minorities.It would be a blow to Albania which still does not recognize all of its minorities.Maybe that would wake Tirana up and smell the coffee.

Chris Blaku said...

I appreciate your praise and your criticism, as judging from the manner with which you write, comes from a clearly articulate human being. Your opinions on no future Balkan wars, while sincere I am sure, are a bit arrogant when you consider historical events in the past century. Prior to 1990's, there was a general agreement that the Balkans were finally peaceful, with Yugoslavia flexing considerable muscle, and Albania making the slow transition to a free-market democracy. These same opinions have been echoed a dozen times in the past, yet time and time again, the Balkans exploded into further bloodshed, usually due to Serbian aggression.

I agree on your opinion of Kosovar independence and regional stability because of it. On your opinion of Bondsteel, I would have to tell you that it is true that Camp Bondsteel is the largest U.S. base outside of the U.S.

"This is the largest base camp since Vietnam," says Col Robert McClure, Commander, 1st Infantry Division, Engineer Brigade. "It represents a partnership between the US military, private industry and the locals".

This source was found by simply going to Google, and typing in Camp Bondsteel (it came up under the conservative magazine, The Free Republic).

Claiming Kosova is not a multi-ethnic state is not ignorant, but requiring it to be a multi-ethnic state beyond its current or immediately historic ethnic build up is completely arrogant. Do you suppose that the Albanian government should import more Serbians to increase the population of Serbs so as to please the "multi-ethnic" ideaology within you? What do you propose exactly?

Your claims about Tirana are inaccurate, as the Greek minorities in Gjirokastr and the rest of southern Albania enjoy the luxury of schools in their native tongue, Greek, which have been allowed by the Albanian government. This very same privaledge was promised by Greece for the 1.5 million Albanians that live within their borders, however, the Greek government has blockaded attempts by Albanians to open these schools, which were promised. Greeks, Slavs, Vlachs, Macedonians are recognized as minorities by the Albanian government and even have their own political parties. Kosova currently recognizes the Serbian minorities, has seats for them in the assembly (which have been vacated by the Serbs), and more importantly treats them far better than the Albanians were treated under Serbia's thumb.

I implore you to disregard your sorry excuse for an argument and go do some research, not only on this topic, but on politics and world history in general. You are severely misinformed and many of your "facts" are outright lies.

Chris Blaku said...

It is also interesting to note- the 250,000+ Albanians that occupy the Presheva Valley in Southern Serbia are not afforded basic rights. They are denied the right to fly their own flag, learn in their own language, as well as basic other rights that the Serbians in Kosova are given.

Where is your outrage at this injustice?

Anonymous said...

So that is what the some want! Import of Serbs in order to make a multi-ethnic socielty (is this thing trendy or what!!!).

There are only a few places in the world that are multiethnic.

New York and London. Note, all cities, with substantial quantities of different ethnicities/cultures. Now don't tell me that Iraq or France or Netherlands is multiethnic, yes they have non-native ethnicities but it's not like there are 40% French, 30% Portugeese, and 30% Ainu.. (Iraq is an artificial country, just as most of Africa was carved out).

But look at London, its fulll of the WORLD!!! Now that is multi-ethnicity!

Okok, I guess there are a few more cities in the world, besides big apple and london town but stop following trends please...its like the dot-com boom :)

Anonymous said...

Mr.Blaku I commend your last post here and I do say this without any venom on my tongue. Here is something for you to read about the minorities in Albania.

Macedonian and Greek Minorities in Albania Boycott the 2001 Census
Deutsche Welle, MILS News, Skopje, Macedonia, April 12, 2001

Macedonian and Greek minority in Albania decided to boycott the population census that started on April 1 this year, reports Radio Deutsche Welle. According to the President of the Association of Macedonians in Albania - Edmond Temelkov, reason for this decision is the absence of the option "Macedonian" in the census lists. If this omission is not corrected, Macedonians in Albania will boycott next parliamentary elections as well, stated Temelkov. As he said, there are four Macedonian organizations in Albania: Mir (Peace), Bratstvo (Brotherhood), MED (Macedonian Aegean Society) and Prespa and they all agree to boycott the census. There are as much as 350.000 Macedonians in Albania but only 5.000 are officially recognized by the Albanian State. Macedonians are mostly inhabiting the regions of Prespa, Pogradec, Tirana, Elbasan, Korca and other cities in Albania. Except for Prespa, there are no other schools in Albania with Macedonian curriculum. Macedonian minority in Albania is in difficult situation with almost no possibilities to preserve their mother language, said Temelkov for Radio Deutsche Welle.


Anonymous said...

One thing about politicians that I'm sure all of you wished was that they didn't have their own agendas i.e. corruption.Read below for the case in point.Mind you this is not a politician from Albania,but from Macedonia.


Leader of DPA, Arben Dxaferi, evaluates that Macedonians on Golo Brdo in Albania are imagination of former Macedonian president Kiro Gligorov and of Macedonian secret services. At same time Dxaferi recommends that most adequate response to Macedonian determination for non acknowledgement of independence of Kosovo is opening of dilemma about Macedonian state. These thesis, as "Utrinski Vesnik" writes, Dxaferi brought out in text announced in Albanian newspaper "Shekuli". Dxaferi highlighted that Macedonian cause in Albania opened as anti-Albanian challenge in frames of "Gligorov's strategy". Dxaferi explains that there was a plan since existence of former Yugoslavia for forming a tampon zone which would connect regions inhabited by "Muslims-Slavfones" in Gora in Kosovo, villages around Debar and villages on Golo Brdo in Albania. According to Dxaferi, ideas of Gligorov, and of Dr. Kimet Fetahu (famous activist for rights of Macedonians in Albania), only create big historic, political and religious confusion not only in Macedonia but also around Macedonia. Dxaferi concludes that case Golo Brdo directed from Skopje opens strong political dilemma which refers to Macedonia as independent state and constellations around it. Dxaferi evaluates that most adequate response to Macedonian determination for non acknowledgement of independence of Kosovo is opening of dilemma about forming Macedonian state.

MILS NEWS Skopje, February 20, 2004

Now read a different politician from Macedonia who is of Albanian decent who says differently about Macedonias stance on Kosova.

Macedonia Expects EU Candidate Status This Year, Minister Says
July 1 (Bloomberg) -- Macedonia expects the European Union to grant it candidate status as early as this year, 14 years after the former Yugoslav republic gained independence, said Economy Minister Fatmir Besimi.

The nation of 2 million people located between Greece and Bulgaria applied for EU membership in March 2004. It also seeks to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in 2006, Besimi said in an interview on June 24 during a conference in Monaco.

``We have been very active in the EU integration processes,'' said Besimi, 29. ``We expect to have candidate status at the end of this year or early next year and this will have a very positive impact on economic growth and investments because it will be a very strong signal we are moving in the right direction.''

Macedonia's $5.4 billion economy may grow 3.8 percent this year, Besimi forecast, from 2.9 percent in 2004, led by higher industrial output and foreign investment. The nation's bid for membership follows the EU's biggest expansion last year, when 10 mostly eastern European countries joined. Since then, French and Dutch voters have rejected the EU constitution, raising concern about political integration and further expansion.

The EU this year delayed the start of accession talks with Croatia, threatened to postpone the 2007 entry of Romania and Bulgaria and refused to offer Ukraine the prospect of membership.

Strategic Priority

EU membership is ``our strategic priority, although during this period we haven't had news from the European Union regarding its internal organization,'' Besimi said. ``The EU perspective is an optimistic scenario, although we are aware that sometimes there are difficulties.''

Officials at the EU's External Relations and Enlargement department couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said on June 15 EU expansion should slow after Bulgaria and Romania join. Croatia and Turkey expect to begin talks this year.

Macedonia's economic growth is ``satisfactory'' and the country is working on improving its judicial system, Besimi said. Trade with the EU accounts for 56 percent of Macedonia's total trade and 70 percent of transactions are in euros, he said.

``We will be ready maybe to be in the same wave as Croatia,'' Besimi said. ``We are very close in all parameters to Croatia.''

Macedonia, which seceded from Yugoslavia in 1991, has been mainly peaceful since a seven-month ethnic conflict in 2001 ended with an agreement in which the Albanian minority won proportional representation in the police and gained recognition for Albanian as an official language in some parts of the country.

Kosovo Role

Plans to start talks on the future of Serbia's Kosovo province, which has been under the control of the United Nations since 1999, will help improve economic outlook for the whole region, Besimi said.

Kosovo, where ethnic Albanians comprise 90 percent of the 1.9 million population, was placed under UN control in 1999. Ethnic Albanians want independence from Serbia and Serbia has sought to preserve its formal control of the territory.

``The earlier we have the decision, the better it will for the region,'' Besimi said.

Macedonia is seeking to attract investment into motorway and railway construction, enlarging of the airport in the capital Skopje and the energy industry, including the sale of electricity assets.

Unfortunately for us in the balkans politicians like Arben Dxaferi is what's wrong with our region.The serbs are even worse with their nazi-like hatred towards anything non-serb especially towards you Kosovar Albanians.

Chris Blaku said...

Ivan- Thank you for your kind words. I am familiar with that article and I understand that Macedonians in Albania are understated in population figures. However, the 350,000 figure provided, representing 10% of the overall population, is severely inflated.

The Macedonian government regards numerous Albanians that fled from Macedonia during the early to mid 20th century from Yugoslav oppression as Albanians, merely because they fled from Macedonia. In actuality, these are individuals whose allegiance lies with the nation of Albania, and not of Macedonia.

However, I would acknowledge that there is minor repression of their count by the government, but to a much smaller degree than that of Macedonia with regard to their Albanian population, which is close to 50% of the overall population.

Chris Blaku said...

CORRECTION- The Macedonian government regards Albanians who fled to Albania from Macedonia, as Macedonians rather than Albanians. They have claimed this number, which is reported to have exceeded 150,000 over the past century, in these very same reports.

The number is depressed, but not from 350,000, a more reasonable 50,000 Macedonians live in Albania currently.

Anonymous said...

If you add the numbers of minorities living in Albania claimed by Greese, Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, the Roma etc etc. you'll find that there are no Albanians living in Albania. In fact according to this figures I am not Albanian. Do u know that the Bulgars claim there are close to 300 000 Bulgar minorities living in Albania? Yet it is strange because the only 2 Bulgars I know live in the Bulgarian embassy in Tirana. In the city where I come from there were around 10 know families of Macedonian decent, and we're talking about the city accros lake Ohrid.

Chris Blaku said...

And those 10 families were colonists.

Anonymous said...

Chris, you need some help with statistics mate. 50,000 Macedonians in Albania,and 1,000,000 Albanians in Macedonia.LOL. Half a million Albanians is what Macedonia has. Albania has 300,000 + Macedonians within Albanian borders. Let's not distort reality to create an abundance of support for the Albanian cause. I have no problems with Albanians in general considering I am friends with many of them. But Albanians like you who will not accept certain truths is what gives your people a bad name.


Anonymous said...

In response to Mr. Blaku's 9:17 post:

"Kosova is the home of the largest US base outside of the US, and in the event of a Balkan war, it would be forced to defend itself."

It's interesting that you should make such predictions and neglect to acknowledge that just six years ago, when the UCK was unsuccessful in defeating Serb forces, the U.S. and NATO had to intervene and ultimately save Kosovar Albanians from the Serbs (which was done WITHOUT ground troops in a matter of months). And I don't even have to start drawing comparison's between the capabilities of the U.S. military and those of any Balkan country.

More importantly, Albanians who threaten war and violence at every turn seem to lack a critical thing called FORESIGHT. Not only does it reflect badly on your nation, but it certainly sets you back in the eyes of the world as far as becoming a independent, democratic, and economically stable country.

Instead of only thinking ahead to the next week, month or year, try thinking (and acting) in the best interest of the future of your country -- the country that your children and grandchildren will inherit -- and ways of achieving your national goals in a way that gives honor to your people and its ideals.

Anonymous said...

Seems everyone here is living out a fantasy of what they beleive should happen to Kosovo. The UN is a farce and when they leave, either by being pushed out oi by total failure, the extreamists on both sides will take over and the fighting will begin again....

Chris Blaku said...

The KLA was neither successful nor unsuccessful in the fight against Serb forces. It was a guerilla war, which was interrupted by NATO's bombing of Yugoslavia. Albanians do not need to threaten war, an unfair outcome will simply lead to war, period. The Albanian people were butchered at the hands of the Serbians for a century, and an outcome which presents us with an obligation to return to their rule is not acceptable.

Now I am reading your post and struggling to find your point, what is it that you are trying to say?