Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Kosovo donates €400,000 to Katrina victims - Jerusalem Post

Kosovo's government donated half a million dollars to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, the province's prime minister said Tuesday.

The government allocated the €400,000 assistance to show solidarity with the families of the victims, said Prime Minister Bajram Kosumi. The money will be given to the American Red Cross.

"The government and the people will never forget the help that the American people gave to Kosovo," Kosumi said. "This is a small amount, but it's our great will and desire to help the American people in these difficult days," Kosumi added.

The United States played a leading role in the NATO bombing of Serb forces in 1999, aimed at stopping the crackdown of Serb troops on independence-seeking ethnic Albanians.

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Anonymous said...

Kosovo For Absolute Beginners

Frequently Asked Questions

Recommended reading: In Yugoslavia, Rising Ethnic Strife Brings Fears of Worse Civil Conflict (DAVID BINDER, The New York Times November 1, 1987)

The New York Times of Saturday, March 27, quotes Laura Leslie, a senior from Miramonte High School, San Francisco: "I don't want to see another thing like what happened with Hitler, with a terrible person taking over countries". Laura reads the newspaper and listens to the news, and in her innocent way sums up the message of the propaganda war-supporting machine. She is not to be blamed for oversimplifying what is going on in Kosovo and why her country is at war again. The media and the President try to convince you that this is true and that you should support the men and women of your armed forces for the sake of your values and your children's future. But I would like to offer you a less simplistic explanation.

To begin with, the rebellion in Kosovo is not the result of the last 10 years. Albanian separatism is the oldest nationalistic movement in what used to be Tito's Yugoslavia, and it has started the circle of mutual mistrust, hatred and eventually war in there. At the beginning of this century, Albanians made only one third of the Kosovo population. At the beginning of the fifties, after somewhat prolonged fight with the remains of what used to be the Albanian quisling state established by Mussolini's Italy, Tito's regime decided to give this part of Serbia a political, cultural, economical and juridical autonomy, as well as generous subventions from the federal budget.

At the beginning of sixties, Albanian population made 2/3 of the Kosovo population. At that time the first public demand for independence was raised during the riots in 1968 and again in 1981, several months after Tito's death. None of us had at that time heard anything about Milosevic, who was a banker with no political influence whatsoever. Their demand for independence had nothing to do with repression, for if there was any repression at that time, it could only have been an Albanian repression against the Serbs in Kosovo. The New York Times, which can hardly be said to be in favor of the Serbs, wrote at that time: "Serbs have been harassed by Albanians and have packed up and left the region. The Albanian nationalists have a two-point platform, first to establish what they call an ethnically clean Albanian republic and then to merge with Albania to form a greater Albania. Some 57.000 Serbs have left Kosovo in the last decade" (NYT, July 12, 1982). Rape, murder, threats, the destruction of property were the instruments of such a platform, and with the police and courts in Albanian hands, nobody could get protection from the state.

Milosevic rose to power and gained popular support in 1988 with the promise that he would put an end to the violence against Serbs in Kosovo. The autonomy of the region was abolished in 1990, several months before the dismembering of Yugoslavia started, just as the regional parliament declared Kosovo's independence from Serbia. At that moment Albanians started to organize parallel state institutions, such as schools, a tax collecting system, courts and the police.
There is no doubt that during the nineties Albanians in Kosovo were exposed to repression. The police searched their houses looking for arms, arrested them without warrant and often avoided the legal procedure. However, at the same time, Serbs were exposed to the same police harassment by the same regime in Serbia.

All political forces among Albanians have publicly acknowledged that their aim was not the democratization of Kosovo, but independence, which means secession form Serbia, and joining Albania. They differ as to what means should be most appropriate for achieving this goal, but they have never made a secret that the creation of Great Albania, and not democracy in Serbia or autonomy in it, is their aim.

Refusing to take part in Serbia's political life, especially in elections, Albanians helped Milosevic stay in power. Instead of Albanian elected political representatives, Kosovo was represented in Serbia's parliament by representatives of the tiny Serbian population from Kosovo, who were all, needless to say, Milosevics supporters. If Albanians had decided to vote for their representatives only once, and they had a chance four times in the last ten years, Milosevic would have lost the power. The Serbian democratic opposition and independent intellectuals close to the opposition have tried to organize meetings with leading Albanian politicians several times during this period in order to convince them to vote, to take part in Serbia's political life, which would immediately mean the fall of the Milosevic regime, the protection of Albanian political rights and the end of repression, but Albanian leaders declined any such proposal, with the answer that the only thing they were interested in would be independence for Kosovo. Thus Milosevic and Albanian leaders helped one another: he ruled Serbia by using their votes, and, on the other hand, with repression helped them radicalize the political situation in Kosovo.

KLA members (Wade Goddard for NYT)Last year the Kosovo Liberation Army emerged as an important player in Kosovo's political game. Reading The New York Times or listening to NATO leaders, one might get the impression that the KLA is something like The Red Cross, or a group of peaceful old ladies who every day bring flowers to Serbian houses. But it is not so. It is an armed paramilitary formation which last summer had two thirds of Kosovo under its control. The KLA has ethnically pure and independent Kosovo as its only aim. It struggles for it not with political, but with violent means: attacking police patrols, Serbian civilians and their houses, forcing them to leave Kosovo, and bombing coffee-shops in which Serbian kids gather. I would like to stress the fact that what they do is ethnic cleansing as well. Killing civilians is killing civilians, and I expect your indignation to be the same in any criminal case of this sort. Not a single day has passed in the year and a half without a report that at least three people were killed by the KLA, Serbs as well as Albanians loyal to the state. It would be highly hypocritical to refer to the KLA as to "unarmed civilians", when it calls itself an Army.

Last October a peace agreement between the Serbian authorities and the leaders of the KLA was reached. According to it, the Serbian government would withdraw all the special police and some of the military units, and the KLA would cease its operations until the final peace agreement was reached. Only the first part of this deal was fulfilled. The KLA never stopped the killings, the excuse being that it had no central command and that the local units cannot be controlled by anyone. After the Serbian police and military units withdrew from Kosovo, the K.L.A. simply walked into the empty space and gained control over a large part of Kosovo and continued the violence.

A Serbian widow packs two rifles as she leaves her home in the village of Bukos in northern Kosovo, February 23. The night before, her husband Mirko Milosevic was shot to death outside their house by ethnic Albanian rebels. (Bela Szandelszky — AFP)

As you can see, the demand for Kosovo's independence led to the repression, the repression led to KLA and terrorism, terrorism led to Serbian military and police intervention, and it led to NATO's assault on Yugoslavia. None of the steps I have listed was unavoidable. Nevertheless, everything eventually comes down to the question of Kosovo's independence. As I was never tempted to support the idea of Great Serbia, I do not understand why anyone should think that Great Albania is a noble aim. This aim can be achieved only at the cost of changing borders and by ethnically cleansing Kosovo of Serbs in the first phase, and then by repeating the same procedure in Macedonia, which also has a numerous Albanian minority.

Not Milosevic, but Yugoslavia is being bombed today for the failure of its representatives to sign the document offered in Rambouillet. This document is not the result of negotiations and peace talks, and it meets all the demands of only one side in the conflict. According to it, Kosovo will stay in Serbia as a self-governed region only for the next three years, after which period it may declare its independence. The Albanian delegation has signed the document, but they have enclosed a written statement which says that they do not give up their central aim, the independence or Kosovo. The Serbian side accepts a broad autonomy, but declines both the possibility of independence, and the occupation by some 28000 NATO solders.

As the leaders of the NATO countries say, the bombing will stop the moment "Milosevic", who has become a general name for 10 million Serbs, their state and their president, agrees with the Rambouillet document. This means that the bombing will last as long as there is anything in Serbia left. Neither Milosevic, nor anybody in Serbia can sign such a document, for it would mean signing that part of our country will become part of Albania in three years. Even though I think that Serbia would be better off without Kosovo, I wouldn't sign it either. This is neither a matter of Serbian sentimentality, nor has it anything to do with the battle of Kosovo in 1389, as some crash-course experts would have it. It has to do with the principles and with the right of any country to protect its borders and its integrity. In spite of repeated claims that the NATO countries are not in favor of Kosovo's independence, this is exactly what they are supporting by their military intervention. In Rambouillet Serbia was confronted with the alternatives to agree with the secession, or to be bombed and thus forced to agree with it; not much of a choice, as you see.

A seriously wounded Serb policemen clenches his fist in pain, during a clash with ethnic Albanian rebels. Five Serb policemen were wounded February 23 when KLA soldiers attacked a judge and her team that arrived in Bukos to investigate after rebels killed a Serbian villager and wounded three others the previous day. (Srdjan Ilic — AP)

If the term ethnic cleansing is to be used, it has been committed by both Albanians and Serbs over the last 20 years, but a genocide has not taken place, and the killings happen on a much smaller scale than in Algeria or Ethiopia, to name only two current crises in the world. Yugoslavia is a sovereign state and Kosovo is a part of it; Yugoslavia has not committed an aggression against any neighboring state. On the contrary: it is being threatened by Albania as a KLA base and by Macedonia as a NATO base. (Leaving the Yugoslav territory the other day U.S. diplomat William Walker said "Next time I will not need a visa to enter Yugoslavia", a sentence which, as you might assume, does not mean that the visa regime between our countries will be suspended.) The assault on Yugoslavia is a clear case of violating the UN Charter, and no rhetoric can change this fact. If Serbia refuses to allow a province to secede, outsiders have no right to label such defense of its national borders an "aggression" and to support the rebels. Great Britain fought for the Folkland Islands, the small leftover of its colonial empire, and nobody bombed London for that.

The ongoing bombing of Serbian cities has taken its first victims. As I write this text, the number of civilian casualties among Serbs is 1000, and I invite you to compare it with the number of Albanian casualties in the village of Racak in January this year, which was 40. Among other things, NATO bombs have destroyed or damaged 50 schools, the printing facilities of Koha Ditore, the leading Albanian daily newspaper, the ice cream factory in Sombor, the 600 year old monastery Gracanica in Kosovo and the monastery Rakovica in Belgrade. Recalling high human values and morality, the NATO leaders do exactly the same thing of which they accuse the Serbs.

The bombing of Yugoslavia has produced exactly what NATO claims to have tried to prevent: more destruction, more dead bodies, more violence. While the KLA is in offensive, rightly understanding the NATO missiles and planes as its own airforce, Serbian extremists can be expected to try to take their revenge, and thus take into the conflict the parts of Kosovo spared killings and destruction so far. Contrary to the media reports I hear and read in the U.S., French intelligence sources from Kosovo do not confirm that the Serbian counter-offensive has taken place yet, which does not mean that such a possibility is improbable in the future.

A Serb trooper runs for cover behind a Yugoslav army T-55 tank after fighting erupted with the Kosovo Liberation Army outside Bukos, Kosovo. (Attila Kisbenedek — AFP)

The further result of NATO's aggression on Yugoslavia seems to me easy to foresee. A new era of insecurity has begun, for nobody knows when the NATO leaders are going to invoke values and principles, moral imperatives and, last but not least, American geopolitical interests, as a pretext of attacking some other country without the authorization of the UN. It can be Macedonia when Albanians take arms, or Romania, with its huge Hungarian minority, or any other multi-ethnic state in the world. I am pretty sure it will not be Turkey, even if a new Kurd upsurge breaks out, and you probably do not need my help to understand why not. Second: from now on no argument can prevent Bosnian Serbs to secede stating the very same arguments the NATO leaders used in case of Kosovo, - to be able to live in their own country- and that means the end of the Dayton peace agreement. Thirdly: it doesn't take much to predict that Yugoslavia cannot defend itself against the overwhelming power of NATO. It is only a matter of time when NATO accomplishes its goal of seceding Kosovo from Serbia. The new, greater Albania will not be a democratic and peaceful state, but aggressive and violent, and the region will be shaken with violence and conflicts even more than so far. As far as Serbia is concerned, Milosevic will emerge from this crisis even stronger than before, but no Western oriented and democratic Serb will be able to say aloud words like democracy, the rule of law, and justice. If the states usually identified with these values were able to violate international laws and the UN Charter, hypocritically recalling the values that were renounced by their deeds at the same moment, in order to help dismember Yugoslavia, then we in the opposition are left without any argument. The same applies to the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, established to investigate war crimes against the civilians committed in last ten years in the former Yugoslavia, for there is no difference between Serbian officers who planned and executed the bombing of the Croatian city of Vukovar, and people who plan and execute the bombing of Serbian cities and villages today. They can both list their reasons endlessly, and the words like "moral imperative", "defenseless people", "our children", as well as the sentence "the enemy understands only the language of force" can be heard from them very often. Moreover, this will give a perfect justification for all those who during the wars in the former Yugoslavia supported or took part in assaults on civilians, and a perfect excuse for further crimes.

What are the rules in the game of dismembering the former Yugoslavia? Addressing the nation President Clinton made a hardly understandable analogy with the holocaust, which would suppose that the Jews in Germany had a Jewish Liberation Army, that they controlled part of, say, Bavaria and intended to join it with Israel. However, the real analogy with Albanians in Kosovo can be found in comparison with Serbs in Croatia. As Albanians in Kosovo, Serbs in Krajina, Croatia, were the majority. As Albanians in Kosovo, Serbs in Krajina were repressed and frightened by President Tudjman's resurrection of Ustasa-Nazi ideology and its symbols. As Albanians were deprived of their autonomy, Serbs in Krajina were deprived of their constitutional rights. And, finally, as Albanians now, Serbs then took arms and started to fight. In August 1995 the Croatian forces attacked Krajina, bombed cities and villages and killed civilians, even fleeing refugees. In only three days 250 000 Serbs were ethnically cleansed from Croatia and made to join other 200 000 who came to Serbia from other parts of Croatia, without being so far allowed to return to their homes. NATO was silent and nobody said a word about bombing Croatia. On the contrary: Warren Christopher, who was the State secretary at that time, said: Let us wait and see, maybe there is something good for us in it. Consequently, the U.S. did not cooperate in this matter with The Hague Tribunal, which investigated it as a case of large-scale ethnic cleansing, by refusing to give the satelite photos taken during the action of the Croatian army.

What were the principles and the values defended by the U.S. in 1995? The principle was that no border in the former Yugoslavia could be changed, and that no national minority had the right to form a new state on other state territories. Four years later, the principle has been changed, new values defended, and we witness the U.S. pushing Kosovo towards independence, helping Albanians change the borders within three years and form a new state on Yugoslavia's territory. This is what happened in Rambouillet, and no high-flown rhetoric can make it look better, as no rhetoric can diminish the fact that the number of refugees, according to NATO sources, was 40 000, and six days after the assault on Yugoslavia the same sources claim almost half a million. If this is not just a belated justification for the assault like the case of the Kuwaits ambassadors daughter, who appeared in the Security Counsel during the Golf War to testify that she has been raped by the Iraqi solders in Kuwait, although she was safely in Washington all the time then somebody must be able to recognize the fact that the number of refugees increased during the assault, and that the assault produces the result NATO leaders say they want to prevent. Smart bombs fall on Albanian heads as well.

US envoy Holbrooke at his first Kosovo meeting with KLA, Junik 1998 (AP)

If the U.S. are really interested in the peace in the region, then their policy is totally counterproductive. Instead of supporting non-nationalist and democratic forces, the U.S. keep supporting one nationalistic and anti-democratic group against the other. Robert Gelbard, the U.S. diplomat and former Clinton's special envoy to the Balkans, was the first to understand that. He publicly said that the KLA was a terrorist organization, and promised moral support for democratic forces in Serbia, thus isolating extremists on both sides and announcing the only solution for this part of Europe: Kosovo without terrorism and Serbia without autocracy. The current U.S. policy towards Yugoslavia took another turn: supporting terrorism and antagonizing even democrats among Serbs.

Anonymous said...

I think you submitted your comment in the wrong section. Not that it matters really since this kind of ignorance has been disregarded as such for a few years now but I just thought I'd let you know so that you realize that the few minutes it took you to copy and paste this garbage (and I really hope that you did copy and paste this instead of actually writing it) were such a waste of time.

Anyways, hope you tunein to the latest news because I really want to see your reaction when Kosova is declared independent.

Anonymous said...

injoroni!

Anonymous said...

i continue to be amazed with how screwed up are serbs... who the hell goes back to dig meaningless articles like this and post them on this blog???? If you really wanna bother and do the research, you may as well go to the library of congress and find some stuppid ass article from 1948 when Harry Truman argued that the U.S. should support Tito... it carries that much weight you stuppid fucks...

Prince of Albania said...

I don't understand what the point of the article is!
Of course Albanians wanted independence from Serbia. This didn't start in 1968 or 1981, it started in 1912 when Kosovo was occupied by Serbia. And before that they wanted indeoendence from the Ottoman Empire.
Besides holding a lot of factual inacurracies the article is absolutely right, the Albanians of Kosovo want to have their right to self determination respected, wether it is independence, joining Albania or naming their country Fairytale Land, whatever!
The majority decides, that is the first rule of Democracy, or has anyone forgotten about that.

Anonymous said...

haha show me one "independence" movement while kosovo was occupied by the ottomans, dude in the early 1930's only a third of kosovo was populated by albos!!!! hahah i mean what lies come out of your mouths is insane, and again only cursing and name calling and saying how "innacurate" he article is, prove it wrong, prove the facts wrong one by one.

Anonymous said...

injoroni! mos e leni me ju vnu n'mbrojtje me sene palidhje. mos e leni ai me e vendose agjenden. ma mire me nejt n'sulm. leni le t'piskete deri sa t'trranohet.

Anonymous said...

To the admin:

Off topic posts must be deleted!

Martyr is at it again...ignore him

Anonymous said...

of course u want to censor the truth as usual. typical albo response. ahhh can u tell the world where you go the $500K? was it from selling drugs or pimping out your women in london and other cities accross europe? or was it money you got from selling off serbian property and companies that serbs built for you?? which one is it?

Anonymous said...

of course u want to censor the truth as usual. typical albo response. ahhh can u tell the world where you got the $500K? was it from selling drugs or pimping out your women in london and other cities accross europe? or was it money you got from selling off serbian property and companies that serbs built for you?? which one is it?

Anonymous said...

Serbs cannot build factories. They can only build Yugos :-)

Anonymous said...

SERBS DON'T HAVE EVEN A YUGO COZ THEY LOST IT ALL. THEY HAVE NOTHIN. NO PENSION. NO NORMAL HOME. NOTHING. NISHTA. LIKE SERBIA

Anonymous said...

hahahah!!!!! take a look and weep u sheep lover!!!!! u animals can only dream about having somehting like this (well maybe if someone builds it for u or fights for as usual, u incompetant savages)
http://www.pbase.com/vmarinkovic/belgrade

Anonymous said...

for the record:

Albanians couldn't even make a Yugo.
Or anything good worth mentioning. If they could, they would have made it in Albania by now.

They have World famous mafia though.

All infrastructure of Kosovo, and most of everything else there, was built with the money constantly taken from the rest of old Yugoslavia (mainly Serbia, Slovenia & Croatia) and invested in Kosovo as underdeveloped area, under socialist state policy of brotherhood and equality.

I have no problem with anybody being independent as long as they don't violate freedom of others, but firstly thieves have to return what is not theirs, and what they could have never produced on their own!

It is easy to give what is not yours in the first place!

Anonymous said...

Serbs got it all. They stole my video, my tv, my refrigerator, my washing machine, my car, my pc. Anything they found in the house. Now they stole this stuff from everyone and left from Kosova after Nato entered.

Now before the war the Serbs were making big money from the Trepce mine and the other mines.

They mined the whole border with Albania and as e result of that there have been a lot of people who have been injured and killed after the war.
Add to that all the damages of war and Serbia owes Kosova at least 20 billion dollars.

Anonymous said...

Serbs made the Trepča mine!

And other mines, and almost evetything else big on Kosovo.

And the 13th century monasteries, which stood until Albanian mobs destroyed them in March 2004, as if that would give them independence.

Catching up on Taleban really fast, are you?

Albanians never felt old Yugoslavia as their country, never invested labour in anything, built anything, always just plotting to get their ethnically clean state.

They were never constitutional nation of old Yugoslavia, yet, in an effort from Tito to weaken Serbia, they were given such status. They never felt anything except hate for everybody else in it ("Slav scum").

Yet, they got it all built, mines, electric plants, factories, hospitals... All with subsidies from other republics, and most from Serbia as the largest.

Now they want to take over, mafia style, and that is the plain truth, plain theft, biggest you can imagine.

And as any mob of thieves, they'll not be able to run everything they stole, so they will eventualy have to sell it cheaply to somebody else. This is the sole reason why the US and others are backing up Kosovo Albanians, to get their share of the loot of resources, preferrably with somebody else doing the looting for them, somebody who has a world reputation in it.

Speaking of war damage, Kosovo had an Albanian Nazi regime during WWII. They were pardoned from paying war reparations as they blended into Yugoslavia, switching sides. Independent Kosovo, a direct successor to Nazi puppet, would have to repay all affected families, like Hungary has been doing recently.

arianit said...

Dude, how about reparations and worker contirubted pensions from the latest war. Don't try to change the subject, you know we'll be suing you in international courts until we get them. You can run and hide but you'll only pay them with interest.

Anonymous said...

Albanians don't build nothing. The only one construction you can find in Albania is the bunkers of Enver Hoxha. They have no roads and their air company is the last on the international security list. Their old planes have few casualties because they cannot fly. US are fucked bastards, they manipulate primitives. European Union cannot give independance to Kosovo. Siptars will have peanuts.

Anonymous said...

Hey for the record, before Milo took away our civil rights (autonomy), Kosovo used to be controlled by the Albanians until the late 80’s, even though it was under Yugoslavia. All the factories the mines were build by Kosovars (Albanians).

Anonymous said...

Do Serbs know anything other than racism?

Albanians will have "peanuts" are "animals"...my oh my you are in need of a concentrated dose of ICE CREAM...FAST...

Prince of Albania said...

The old saying in Yugoslavia used to be "Trepca radi, Beograd se gradi"

"Trepca is working, Belgrade us growing"

This was a Serb saying. That shows you who was stealing from whom.

But my Albanian brothers, do not get bothered by this narrowminded racist rethoric because it is nothing new. That is the Serb way and you can not change that. That's why the whole of Eurpoe and North America ended up bombing them, twice. Once in Bosnia and then again in Kosovo and Serbia. That is why they have lost every war they started and that is also why Serbs are generaly identified as war criminals, much like the Germans were for a long time after WWII. The difference between the Germans and the Serbs is that the Germans realised what a horrible tragedy they had caused, the Serbs will never do so. They are their own worst enemy. All we have to do is stand clear and let them shoot themselves in the foot. That's how easy we have it.

Anonymous said...

You sound like a poor black here in America who was raised on welfare. So the Yugoslav state made it possible -interesting.

Anonymous said...

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