Wednesday, May 03, 2006

‘Respect and Rights’ Newsweek Interview with the Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Ceku

Kosovo’s new prime minister discusses his hopes for independence and the challenge of winning over the Serb minority.

WEB EXCLUSIVE
By Ginanne Brownell
Newsweek
Updated: 5:21 p.m. ET May 3, 2006

May 3, 2006 - Can Prime Minister Agim Ceku bring political stability to Kosovo? The former general, who served with the Croatian Army in Bosnia and commanded the Kosovo Liberation Army during the war for independence from Serbia, is facing a tough week as negotiating teams meet Thursday in Vienna for the fourth and final time to discuss the future of the United Nations-run province. His people—90 percent Albanian and a 10 percent mainly Serb minority—are frustrated after seven years of living in what is effectively a no-man’s land: legally a part of Serbia but for all intents and purposes a separate nation. “I don’t know what is going to happen in the future here,” says Mirijana Kostic, a Kosovar Serb student in the divided city of Mitrovica. “So I don’t think about any of it because it is all bulls--t.”

The U.N. is expected to declare Kosovo the world’s newest country later this year—perhaps even as early as this summer. And while most of the region’s Albanians welcome the prospect, it’s a frightening one for local Serbs. “My concern is that the United States and the European Union are fed up with Kosovo,” says moderate Kosovar Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic. “They want to say the story here is finished, but for K-Serbs if there is independence, the story will not be at an end.” Ivanovic’s sentiments are echoed by those like high-school computer-science teacher Radomir Dukic, a Serb who says he will leave if Kosovo becomes independent. “I am so angry because I have no power, no one asked me my opinion, what happened to me having a voice in all of this?” he says.

Prime Minister Ceku has to deal with more than fear and apathy; there’s hostility and violence as well. While Kosovo’s Serbs and Albanians do work and socialize together in urban areas like the capital of Pristina, life is less cordial in the Serb enclaves, where many residents have hunkered down since 1999. Mitrovica is just one symbol of the current tension: the area is currently on its highest security alert, known as Stage Black. The city bridge over the brown Ibar River, the scene of the of 2004 riots that left 19 dead and dozens of Serbian Orthodox monasteries in ruins, was recently patrolled by tanks to prevent ethnic clashes. Now, Kosovar police sit in the middle of the bridge, watched over by armed French Kosovo Protection Forces (KFOR) soldiers whose barracks are on the southern side of the river. Just a few weeks ago a Serb was stabbed on the bridge, reportedly by Albanians, and both sides occasionally lob grenades back and forth.

Ceku, who took office in March, is trying to heal the divisions by focusing on minority rights. Although many Serbs consider him a war criminal because of his military activities during the war, he makes of point of weekly visits to talk to local Serbs in enclaves or ethnically mixed villages. Another of his conciliatory steps: making his first address to the Kosovo Assembly in Serbian—a language in which he is said to be more fluent than his native tongue of Albanian. He spoke with NEWSWEEK’s Ginanne Brownell at his office in Pristina about independence, dialogue and the challenges that lie ahead. Excerpts:

NEWSWEEK: What do you hope to accomplish in Vienna?
Agim Ceku: We are very much aware that we have to come up with a solution that satisfies Kosovo Serbs to stay and live in Kosovo. We are offering them respect and rights, and we are going to offer a few new municipalities with a Serb majority. I hope that they will appreciate that, and I think it will be very difficult for the Serb delegation to oppose that.

Is independence for Kosovo the only solution?
It is. But in terms of [independence for] all citizens. A Kosovo that is a democratic, stable, functional, multiethnic state and an example of coexistence amongst communities.


Do you think in the end that Belgrade will have to be forced to impose a settlement?
It might be. Seeing how counterproductive Belgrade [can be], I will not exclude this as a solution.

There has long been the argument that granting Kosovo independence from Serbia creates a precedent for other disputed regions. Does it?
Kosovo is a unique case. It has nothing to do with North Ossetia or Tibet or whatever. A lot of people are making that mistake. Kosovo was a constitutional element of the Yugoslav Federation and Kosovo was represented in the federal government. We [also] had our own constitution, our own presidency, everything. Slobodan Milosevic took that away from us. [Kosovo] was really its own entity.

What is independence going to mean for Kosovo?
Being an independent country means we will finally be a free country. And [it] means we will live in peace, in good cooperation with other neighbors so we have no reason to be concerned about instability, peace and so on in the future. We can run our country by ourselves, and we can enjoy the opportunity to join the EU and NATO like others are. [We can] have the same thing that other nations have.

How will you reach out to the minority Serbs, to curb their unease about independence?
What we missed in the past was dialogue. I am behaving as a prime minister for all citizens of Kosovo and to convince them that I am their prime minister. No one else is their prime minister. I am visiting almost every week to talk to people and say, "Look, we want you to stay here, and I am responsible for you. Tell me what you need. My interest, my wishes, my goodwill is for you to stay here. I am in charge of that, and I am responsible to deliver that to you." I am trying to create an environment where the majority of people [reach out] to Serbs. But Belgrade is preventing them from participating and integrating themselves into [Kosovo] institutions and daily life.

How long would you like to see NATO stay here?
[They can leave] as soon as we join NATO. Joining NATO means we have reformed our security system; we are not representing a threat to anyone else. It means that your security sector is built in accordance to NATO standards. So I think NATO has to stay until this region is stable and is cooperating with each other because all threats are transnational. This region can be stable only if we are cooperating amongst ourselves in the region first.

What are the biggest problems facing Kosovars of every ethnic background?
Economics and the problem of unemployment within the young generation here. That is the biggest issue. The biggest challenge is to improve the quality of life and living standards. And issues like respect for law and order. There is no sense of that among people because the government, the state, for decades was occupied. The government did not care about the majority of the people. The majority of people perceive the government as not their own. They continually fight. They have lived outside the law for a long time. So now we have to convince people that this is the government for these people. For people, if they are accepting protection from the government, they have to invest. They have to pay taxes, they have to cooperate. They have to rely on the government, and the government has to be able to deliver all those services to people. That was not the case in the past, that is the legacy of the past. It will be our challenge.

21 comments:

tironsi said...

I really like Çeku and he speaks really well. I just hope that he will walk the walk and not just talk the talk. Kosova needs him to be a truly great leader.

ivan said...

O siptari,

Your politicians have to understand two things:

1) Your PM is a rapist terrorist
2) your people are mentally still in stone age ( the below article proves that)

How do you expect Serbs to percieve a terrorsit who bases his laws on mafia rules, as their own PM?



Real Estate Rows Cause Carnage in Kosovo
Mass of conflicting property claims since war leads many Kosovars to try solving disputes with guns.

By Krenar Gashi in Pristina (Balkan Insight, 26 Apr 06)

A bloody shootout in a town in Kosovo has come as an unwelcome reminder to many Kosovars of how many battles over real estate end in death.

Two people were killed, including a deputy mayor, and eight others were injured, in the shooting on April 22, in Shtime/Stimlje, 25 kilometres from the capital Pristina.

The Kosovo Police Service, KPS, confirmed nine arrests over the shootings in which Aziz Xhelili and Vezir Bajrami, a deputy mayor of Shtime/Stimlje, were murdered.

Both the police and municipality said an initial investigation indicated that the violence was related to a property dispute.

Ibrahim Demiri, spokesperson for Shtime/Stimlje municipality, said it started when two people, Kadri Bajrami and Ekrem Ferati, wanted to start construction on a property they had bought from local Serbs some years earlier.

But the property was being illegally occupied by another person from the village of Godanc village, who refused to move.

A witness to the crime said she heard automatic gun fire start while out driving. "People were screaming and running, while some others were lying down on the ground as the shooting went on for about five minutes," she said.

"For a second I thought I was in the middle of some scene from a mafia film."

A police patrol had been nearby but waited for backup "as the situation was too dangerous for them to intervene", she went on.

This incident is one of many in which disputes over property ended up being "solved" by guns.

Legal experts blame the lack of a rule of law, overloaded courts and police reluctance to intervene in time for some of the deaths.

The root cause, however, is utter confusion over who owns what in a country where huge amounts of real estate changed hands after the end of the 1999 NATO air war terminated Serbian authority in Kosovo.

Since then large numbers of properties belonging to Kosovo Serbs have been seized by Albanians whose village homes were destroyed during the war.

Some of the properties have been legally sold but the disputes still occur when squatters resist moving out and new owners insist on coming in.

In November 2005, a 50-year-old man was killed in the western city of Peja/Pec in what police said was a murder linked to unresolved real-estate claims.

Then, in December 2005, two persons, Rrahim Ademi and Besim Dudi, were killed in a gun battle in Pristina that police also think started over a property dispute.

Many locals blame the inefficient judiciary whose slowness has left a backlog of casework that tempts some to try quick-fix solutions.

According to the Housing and Property Directorate, HPD, a UN agency set up to deal with property issues after the war, more than 40,000 disputes are waiting to be processed in Kosovo's courts.

Nekibe Kelmendi, a member of Kosovo's parliament and a lawyer, says one initial problem was the removal of Kosovo's cadastral files by the departing Serbian administration in 1999.

This left the UNMIK administration with very restricted information on previous ownership.

"Additionally, the lack of a tradition of registering property and
arranging proper written contracts when buying real estate added to the judicial fragility," said Kelmendi.

Knut Rosandhaug, director of the HPD, said it isn't just the lack of paperwork that causes problems. Cultural factors also play a part. "In most cases, people do not use the opportunities that the legal framework offers them to complain and solve their property claim in the legal way," he said.

Abdulla Aliu, professor of property law in the University of Pristina, added that a further difficulty was multiple claims to the same plot of land. In many cases, he said, "different people claim to own the same property", offering documentation from different periods to prove that.

Aliu said the way out of this confusion and backlog of cases was to set up a new, temporary court, "with a special mandate that would deal only with property issues".

Rosandhaug explained that the Kosovo Property Agency, KPA, the successor to the HPD, which is still being set up, is supposed to fill this role.

"The KPA will prepare argumentation of the cases and take the
recommendations to the municipal courts to be decided there," said Rosendhaug.

However, some Kosovars fear that even if cases are solved at a faster rate in future in the overloaded courts, the police do not have the teeth to put the courts' rulings into practice.

One Albanian whose family is locked into a property dispute in
Pristina said the recent shootout in Shtimje had lowered his own expectations of what the courts could achieve.

"After the case in Shtimje, even if our claim is solved in court, I
would be afraid to move into it and consider it safe," he said.

Krenar Gashi is a contributor to Balkan Insight contributor. Balkan Insight is BIRN's online publication.

gujgli said...

His place is in prison. For life.

tironsi said...

I don't reply to trolls. Feeding them only makes them fatter.

Anonymous said...

ivanobitch,

You are such a pathetic loser. RAPIST? Hahaha, mafia? LMAO
Listen to yourself, don't drool, you will never ever be able to touch KOSOVA.

rodoyf said...

Kids...

At least Ceku is not Hamas like leader. He compromises you got give him that. But what I really would like to know how the hell does he get Newsweek interview?
PR Engine for proindependent kosovo rivals AIPAC

NYoutlawyer said...

Terrorist ceku is a package promoted by the West. He is their puppet, set up to sooth albanian hearts. BUT, this will come back to haunt the West. If you sleep with murderers, terrorists and crooks, what does that make you?

NYoutlawyer said...

Better to deal with Hamas, at least they speak the truth. You know what they are about. This fucking ceku NATO puppet says whatever he thinks the EU wants to hear. Fucking phoney!

NYoutlawyer said...

Read the following and then tell me about your puppet leader and what is truely happening in Kosovo:

Ex-Security Chief Blows Whistle on UN's Kosovo Mission
By Sherrie Gossett
CNSNews.com Staff Writer

(CNSNews.com) - Following five years of United Nations control and billions of dollars of international aid, Kosovo is a lawless region "owned" by the Albanian mafia, characterized by continuing ethnic cleansing and subject to increasing infiltration by al Qaeda-linked Muslim jihadists, according to a whistleblower interviewed by Cybercast News Service.

The U.N.'s repeated failure to act on received intelligence has allowed illegal paramilitary groups to flourish and engage in terrorist attacks aimed at destabilizing regional governments in the Balkans, said Thomas Gambill, a former security chief with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), self-described as the world's largest regional security agency.

Gambill was responsible for overseeing the eastern region of Gjilane in Kosovo from 1999 until 2004 under the authority of the U.N. His criticism comes as the United Nations prepares to launch final status talks on the troubled province of Kosovo, which has been a U.N. protectorate since North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces bombed Yugoslavia between March and May of 1999 to compel the Serb-dominated government of Slobodan Milosovic to withdraw its forces from Kosovo.

The U.S. mission in Kosovo alone cost $5.2 billion between June 1999 and the end of 2001, according to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

NATO bombing leads to Muslim retaliation

The NATO bombings were also launched in response to reports of large-scale ethnic cleansing of Kosovar Albanians by the Serbs. But as soon as the bombing campaign ended, ferocious, retaliatory ethnic cleansing allegedly took place with Albanians, who are predominantly Muslim, targeting Christian Serbs. The violence was witnessed and documented by the U.N. and OSCE.

Gambill shared hundreds of pages of U.N. and OSCE documents with Cybercast News Service, showing how the Serbs and other minorities were systematically and successfully targeted for removal from Kosovo.

Following the NATO bombing of Kosovo, American troops under NATO command were stationed in neighboring Macedonia and Albania while then-President Bill Clinton decided on the size of the U.S. contingent to be deployed in Kosovo. When U.S. troops entered the province in June 1999, the alleged retaliatory ethnic cleansing was already underway.

Incidents of sexual violence, torture, arson, murder, kidnapping, and verbal threats were allegedly widespread as part of an organized and successful campaign conducted "right under the U.N.'s nose," said Gambill.

Minorities targeted by ethnic Albanian extremists for expulsion or death included Serbs, Roma, Muslim Slavs, Turks and Croats.

Reports filed by the OSCE indicate that the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), which had been trained and supported by the Clinton administration, was predominantly responsible for the ethnic cleansing. In April 1999, congressional Republicans also promoted legislation seeking U.S. military aid for the KLA, causing Michael Radu of the Foreign Policy Institute to warn of the consequences of such a move.

Other armed extremist groups also participated in the ethnic cleansing, said Gambill.

The overall goal of the groups was the creation of an ethnically pure state that included Albania, Kosovo and parts of Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia "They will push for more. That is the plan. It's called Greater Albania," said Gambill.

OSCE documents reveal that elderly Serbs who were unable to flee were threatened and women were thrown down staircases. Others were tortured, beaten and murdered. Some elderly Serbs fled to monasteries for protection, but the monasteries were later attacked as well, including as recently as March of 2004, according to the OSCE documents

Entire villages emptied in the wake of large-scale arson and looting. OSCE documents describe "massive population movements" by displaced minorities after so many of their homes were set on fire, that one region of Kosovo resembled "a war zone."

An OSCE report notes that in one particular month of 1999 ethnic-related crimes dipped, but the report adds that it is unclear if that was due to the success of NATO's KFOR (Kosovo Force) or simply because there were relatively few Serbs left.

After six months of NATO presence, the violence aimed at the Serbs became less frequent, though grenade attacks, drive-by shootings and abductions continued as weekly occurrences for the next five years, according to Gambill. "Even as of a couple of weeks ago, it hasn't stopped," he added.

The perpetrators of ethnic violence were emboldened by a lack of functioning local police or a judiciary system, Gambill said. Even now, the "good cops" are threatened by former KLA members, who are also on the police forces. "One female cop, she was a real Serpico," recalls Gambill. "She wouldn't give up an investigation after being threatened. She was killed soon after being warned."

Minorities are still being denied health care by Albanian medical professionals who quickly dominated the health care profession following the NATO bombing, Gambill said. He recounted an incident in which a Serb doctor was taken behind a building and shot in the back of the head. "Sometimes they had to take wounded Kosovar Serbs all the way to Serbia for medical aid," said Gambill.

'Don't Rock the Boat'

Gambill told Cybercast News Service that he was most frustrated by what he saw as apathy on the part of the U.N. Mission in Kosovo and OSCE, despite what he described as lower-level officials who "worked really hard and cared about the mission.

"There was a don't-rock-the-boat atmosphere," Gambill explained. "Many people deployed to the region simply wanted to make their hefty pay and have a good time vacationing in Greece. They didn't want any 'problems' on their watch."

Aggressive patrols were discouraged, Gambill said, for fear that any ensuing firefights would give the appearance that KFOR forces did not have control of the area.

"It was all P.C. (politically correct). People were afraid to say anything," said Gambill, adding that those who spoke out on serious issues were subjected to transfers or other reprisals. "No one seems to want to listen or make waves. They said 'I can't do anything to change the system, so why speak out?'"

The result of such an attitude, Gambill said, is that "every time there is an attack against a Serb, it's always described as an 'isolated case' -- an event swept under the rug, so to speak."

Gambill said his warnings and reports on grave security threats were often met with a condescending attitude and even laughter. During a briefing given at the end of 2000 to OSCE delegates from Vienna, Austria, Gambill identified illegal paramilitary groups operating in the Balkans in violation of U.N. Security Council resolution 1244.

Albanian mafia flourishes

At the same briefing, Gambill said he tried to explain the regional mafia structure, however, U.S. and Russian delegates in the audience complained about the content of Gambill's speech. As a result, he said, OSCE headquarters in Pristina sent a message to Gambill's regional superiors with the message, "Shut Tom up."
"You couldn't get up in front of meetings and say, 'We've lost control of [Kosovo], the mafia controls it,'" said Gambill. "But they do. They run the damn place."

Gambill cited OSCE data that showed 42 mafia leaders had moved into Kosovo in the wake of the NATO bombing in order to set up criminal organizations. They continued to thrive despite efforts to establish mature law enforcement operations in the province, he said.

"Drug smuggling, counterfeiting, weapons, human trafficking were all booming when I was there," said Gambill. He also alleged that high-level mafia leaders are in senior political positions.

"Good cops," who want to target the corruption are "under threat," said Gambill, adding that the Albanian mafia maintains ties with Russian, Serbian, Croatian and Italian mafia organizations to further their common agendas.

Gambill also warned his U.N. superiors that the newly formed paramilitary group, the Albanian National Army, was "highly dangerous and skilled" and operating in Kosovo as well as northwestern Macedonia. But those warnings, he said, were also met with disbelief.

Within months, the Albanian National Army was taking credit for terrorist attacks, prompting the U.N. to acknowledge the group's existence.

Now Kosovo has entered what Gambill calls "The Fifth Phase," characterized by attacks against the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) itself. A September warning from UNMIK to staff members warns, "Before you turn on your vehicle, inspect it all around, to see if anything is unusual or suspicious." The warning followed the blowing up of an UNMIK vehicle.

"UNMIK Out!" reads the graffiti seen on many buildings in Kosovo.

A field officer currently working with the U.N. Mission in the Kosovo area spoke with Cybercast News Service on condition of anonymity. After noting that the explosives used by al Qaeda terrorists in the March 2004 Madrid bombing attacks had come from the Balkans, he stated: "I sit here watching special patrol groups surveying and doing nothing. How many more people will die; whilst terrorists rest and recuperate here in the not so moderate Muslim regions of the Balkans theatre?"

"The cat and mouse game is coming to an end," the field officer noted. "Kosovo is saturated with extremists so NATO [may] pull out before it all blows up in their faces. War on Terror! [It's] more like support [of] terror!"

"My biggest concern has always been the incursion of radical Islam into the area," said Gambill. "They're making preparations in Macedonia for terrorist attacks against internationals if Kosovo is not granted independence."

If the United Nations recommends against independence, Gambill said, it will spur the Saudis to increase their involvement in the region. "They've got the money, they've got the power. They'll remind Kosovars that they are their true friends. And they'll help the extremists fight and prepare terrorist attacks against internationals and even NATO troops stationed there," Gambill told Cybercast News Service.

http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewSpecialReports.asp?Page=\SpecialReports\archive\20050 9\SPE20050927a.html

Anonymous said...

I love the serb posts. They are remarkable in their insistance that all albanians are worthless terrorist rapists. lets agree to disagree. I agree that you are all cocksucking, murdering, orthodox when you need to be, child killing, cant feed your own people, blowjob parasites. I disagree that nylawyer or any other serb who posts is sincere in their piety. NUFF SAID!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Ok people stop feeding the fucking troll calling himself nyouthouselawyer. Dont you see the whole reason for his miserable existence is coming on this site and cuting and pasting crap. Nyouthouse lawyer i have one thing to say to you- a life unexamined is not worth living- so do humanity a favour and remove your genes from the worlds gene pool.

Anonymous said...

Ceku is a war criminal who hates Serbs-what he is doing now is all an act to get independence> Based on his history he is almost certainly planning an ethnic cleansing campaign against the Serbs. Serbs are in great danger and will definitely not last long-if a day-in an independent Kosovo run by terrorist murderer criminal Ceku.

NYoutlawyer said...

Read and learn the truth. albanians are blinded by their greed for independence and cannot admit the truth. God help us all.

Pack journalism can be lethal

Former Australian diplomat Gregory Clark laments the powers and hazards of following what others are saying

Japan Times
Saturday, April 8, 2006

By Gregory Clark

Instead of checking facts, the media prefer to follow what others are saying. And what others are saying is often inspired by establishment hardliners seeking to impose their agendas with the help of bogus news agencies, subsidized research outfits and hired scribblers.

Beijing is a frequent victim. One example is the pack journalistic myth of a Tiananmen Square massacre of students in 1989. All one needs to do to get the true story is insert "Tiananmen" into Google and read the reports at the time from none other than the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

You will discover that the so-called massacre was in fact a mini civil war as irate Beijing citizens sought to stop initially unarmed soldiers sent to remove students who had been demonstrating freely in the square for weeks. When the soldiers finally reached the square there was no massacre. There were in fact almost no students.

As evidence of its alleged heavy-handed approach to Taiwan we are often told how Beijing labels that territory as a "renegade province." We are never told the source of the term, because it almost certainly does not exist (I read and speak Chinese and have never come across it). What Beijing does say is that there is only one China, and that Taiwan is part of that China. But the fact that all the major powers, including the United States, have agreed to or acknowledged that claim finds little mention in the international media. Beijing is almost always portrayed as unilaterally and forcefully laying claim to the island.

The death of former Yugoslav and Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic saw pack journalism at its worst. "Butcher of Belgrade" was the favorite accusation. Few were interested in the background, which begins with the fact that during the wartime German occupation of the former Yugoslavia, up to one million resisting Serbs were butchered by the Nazis and their fascist Muslim and Croatian allies -- the Ustashi -- whose brutalities were said to have shocked even the Nazis.

The post-1945 communist regime did all it could to dampen the resulting ethnic hatreds. Even so, sporadic attacks on Serbs by Ustashi fanatics continued. Then came the premature recognition by the West of Croatia and Bosnia as independent states in 1991/92. This meant the large Serbian minorities in both regions would have to accept the rule of their former oppressors. Bitter hostilities were inevitable, with the Serbian so-called "ethnic cleansing" in many cases being part of an effort to recover the towns and villages from which they were so cruelly expelled before 1945.

True, there were also atrocities by not only the Serbs. One of the worst was the brutal expulsion of some 500,000 Serbs from the Krajina region of Croatia -- an act of genuine ethnic cleansing that attracts little attention from anti-Serb critics, as does the fact that prior to the much-mentioned expulsion of 7,000 Bosnian Muslims from the former Serbian town of Sebrenicia, with some massacred, there had been systematic massacres of Serbs in the surrounding villages.

The true "butchers" in Yugoslavia were the U.S., British and German planners who orchestrated the break-up of this once ethnically stable nation. Their aim: to weaken Serbia, seen as pro-Moscow, and to extend Western influence into a formerly neutral area of Eastern Europe. The planners must have known how past ethnic hatreds would surface. For as we see in Iraq and Dafur today, when deep-seated ethnic or religious differences within a nation are triggered, atrocities and even mass exterminations are inevitable.

Every civilian, on the other side, has to be seen as a real or potential enemy. Atrocities can only be ended by forceful separation of the rival groups. But in Bosnia, the U.S. opposed separation through till 1995, claiming remarkably that it might create a precedent for ethnic division in the U.S. The U.S., incidentally, was the first to practice Dafur-style scorched-earth policies with its free-fire-zone policies during the Vietnam conflict.

The attempts to blame Milosevic for the Kosovo conflict were even more biased. We now know that as early as the 1980s, the U.S. and Britain were encouraging and training ethnic Albanian extremists of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) to undertake guerrilla war against the Serbian presence. Somehow the legitimate Serbian military resistance to these attacks was supposed to be yet another form of "ethnic cleansing." We were supposed to believe that the Serbian 10 percent minority was determined to cleanse Kosovo of its 90 percent ethnic Albanian majority.

Ironically "ethnic cleansing" was a term originally invented by the KLA to describe its goal of driving all Serbs out of Kosovo -- a goal it has now largely achieved with the help of the West. The trigger for much of the anti-Serbian demonization was a speech Milosevic made in Kosovo in 1989. It is described repeatedly as a racist manifesto calling for a Greater Serbia state. No one seems to have bothered to read the speech. If they did they would see that in fact Milosevic was calling for racial tolerance to cope with the tense situation created originally by deep-rooted and long-standing ethnic Albanian hostility to the Serbian presence in Kosovo -- a presence that had once been strong in this former Serbian homeland but had been greatly reduced by pro-Nazi Albanian wartime rampages against Serbian villages.

Worse was to follow. Forced to move out of Kosovo or have his country bombed, Milosevic agreed to move provided the respected ethnic Albanian moderate Ibrahim Rugova was put in charge. But the U.S., in the shape of feisty Secretary of State Madeline Albright, insisted on the young, vigorous KLA leader Hashim Thaci. When Milosevic objected to what in effect would be a death or expulsion sentence for any Serbs remaining in Kosovo, NATO launched its vandalistic bombing attacks on Serbia to force compliance. The KLA under Thaci then went on expel more Serbs, Jews and other minorities from Kosovo and to launch attacks into southern Serbia and Macedonia as part of its campaign to create a Greater Albania.

Today Thaci rejects even the role of the United Nations in Kosovo. Meanwhile Serbia, which has seen much of its economy destroyed and has had to absorb close to one million refugees from Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo, still suffers demonization. Pack journalism is a powerful weapon.

Gregory Clark is a former Australian diplomat and currently vice president of Akita International University.The source material of much of the Yugoslavia data in this article can be found on emperors-clothes.com.

NYoutlawyer said...

A fucking war criminal who should be in prison, or executed by now, is talking about "Respect and Right"? The EU and the West makes me sick with this hoax they are trying to sell.

This is the Internet Age, with information and truth available to all. They will be exposed for their rolls in this crime, with personal interests, against humanity.

NYoutlawyer said...

Please read the facts:

"The death of former Yugoslav and Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic saw prejudice journalism at its worst. "Butcher of Belgrade" was the favorite accusation. Few were interested in the background, which begins with the fact that during the wartime German occupation of the former Yugoslavia, up to one million resisting Serbs were butchered by the Nazis and their fascist Muslim and Croatian allies -- the Ustashi -- whose brutalities were said to have shocked even the Nazis".

Did you notice the muslim part? That refers to you muslim and shiftar albanians.

May the agony of dying Serbian Children and Families burn a whole in your venemous albanian souls for eternity.

NYoutlawyer said...

This mother fucking al-qaeda and now EU backed KLA terrorist is speaking of "Respect and Rights'? Give me a break. He should be hanging by his neck by now. It is appalling what goes on with "Nation Building" to suit the power interests. All for the mighty Euro. Read the truth:

"The death of former Yugoslav and Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic saw slanted journalism at its worst. "Butcher of Belgrade" was the favorite accusation. Few were interested in the background, which begins with the fact that during the wartime German occupation of the former Yugoslavia, up to one million resisting Serbs were butchered by the Nazis and their fascist Muslim and Croatian allies -- the Ustashi -- whose brutalities were said to have shocked even the Nazis".

Did you notice the "muslim" part? That refers to you murderous albanian shitpars and muslims that licked Nazi balls in WWII.

May the curse of murdered innocent Serbian children and families burn a whole in your venemous souls for eternity.

ARTIST said...

I painted a US general in NY in 2001, and one of his awards on his right chest fascinated me. I asked him, "what's that for?". In a flat tone he replied, "for killing SERBS".

gujgli said...

Damn, even Marwan al-Shehhi missed you with that one...You're one lucky s-o-b...

ARTIST said...

You slow minded creatures. Do you wish to speak of WWII? What does WWII have to do with the Croatian Army kicking the Serbs out of their country 50 years later. Or giving up without a shot fired in Slovenia. And you know what, Montenegro is next. Serbs are about as smart as two wet hippos in heat. the only future for Serbia is a slow dwindleing demise... I hope that General Ratko stays in seclusion. No EU membership for you. God bless America!

ARTIST said...

MR. Gujgli. You are so gay! But the defense shields for the DeathStar was fully operational when your friends arrived. You Serbs live in Fantasyland because you cant evolve on your own. And hey, just so we are on the same sheet of music, McDonalds was shut down in Belgrade for three days. Then the masses rioted, and what do you know it was reopened because the goddamn Serbs cant live without McDonalds frenchfries.....Ha Ha...Maybe you'll come around and start thinking like an American. Religion and Nationality not an option, you Son of a...."

ARTIST said...

MR. NYoutlawyer, Are you joking... are you speaking of outlaws, crooks and,murderers and terrorists. You speak of your own life. You are just a Serb. You are of so little consequence. I think you sjould find a new place to live. America loves only the pure of heart. Stop being such a dumb ass!!!