By Vladimir Putjatin
Our translation from the Serbian with an introduction by Vahan Bogdasarian
The Clinton administration and its minions in the msm swore and declared that the Serbs were committing ethnic cleansing against the Albanian majority and on this claim was built a case for a war that killed 13,000. Yet at the time, Serbian individuals were posting claims that the Albanian Muslims were in fact trying to ethnically cleanse the province of Serbs. By way of confirmation, they posted photos of Serbian victims of these Muslim terrorists. In the fog of war propaganda it was hard to sort out who was lying.
But since the war, which ended in 1999, facts have been emerging showing that the Serbian minorities are being grievously abused and their sacred sites desecrated, with churches being burned and razed to the ground wholesale. This article, written for a Serbian Orthodox site, lends credence to the proposition that the Muslim majority was far from innocent.
Indeed reports from other sites tell us that there is hardly a Christian site left intact in all of Kosovo, which was once the cradle of Serbian Orthodoxy. If this had been Christians desecrating mosques or non-Christians desecrating churches in any other part of Europe, the whole world would have heard the news and the offending party would have had world opinion swirling indignantly around them. But since this ill-conceived war was a Clinton brainchild and since the Serbs are now mulling EU membership (why they would want to be anywhere near this crumbling colossus is a burning question), the issue of Muslim on Serb violence is a taboo subject and its news coverage is confined almost exclusively to the Serbian-language press, with just dribs and drabs leaking out in English.
But there is nothing new here, just another concocted narrative used to support one of an endless string of war after war, with most of the US public swallowing the narrative hook line and sinker and dedicating still more blood and treasure to a save the world once more from itself.
It is noteworthy that, as we had pointed out here, the Vatican is still fighting the battles of the schism. After the war, Pope John Paul II had predictably sided with the Muslim enemy of Orthodoxy, openly embracing Kosovo secession, as one writer put it, by meeting with the leader of the self-declared Republic of Kosovo before the issue was decided in the UN. Not only was the age-old schism brought back into relief but the pope’s behaviour reflected Europe’s old Russophobia.
And finally, another piece of the puzzle. As I had exposed in my 3 part essay on the sordid Saudi-US relationship (here), all US wars since the 1970s outside the New World have benefitted the Saudis but not the US or its allies.
So cui bono the Kosovo war outcome? After the war, the Saudis started sending “aid” in the form of funding for mosques, but not just any mosques. For centuries the Albanians, including those making up the Kosovo majority, belonged mainly to the Shiite Bektashi sect, a liberal sect that allowed Albanians to blend in and get along with Christians. This was a far cry from the Saudi radical sect of Wahhabism, to which essentially every ISIS and Al-Qaeda member adheres. The Saudis not only funded these mosques but also sent radical Wahhabists to staff them. A few years ago I ran into the chief of the Albanian mission to Panama, a delightful open minded intellectual sort and we talked for almost an hour about Albania and Kosovo. When I brought up the influx of Saudi money, I was surprised to learn that the Albanians resent the radicalism imported by the Saudis. Unfortunately, the Saudi influence has brought about such a degree of radicalization that Kosovo has the highest number per capita of jihadis travelling to the Middle East to join ISIS.
Remember that the US considers the Saudis an ally (I discussed the secret reason why
here). To the extent that, Trump’s no-visa list of Muslim countries exempts 2 regions in particular: Saudi Arabia and Kosovo.
There is also the issue of hypocrisy. In Catalan, most EU countries are claiming that Catalan has no right to secede from Spain, but where were they when Western powers encouraged Kosovo to secede from Serbia?
As if to confirm the reference to the “frivolity of an independent Kosovo” mentioned in the below article, a Serbian politician was murdered in Kosovo a few weeks ago, showing that indeed, the Kosovo government cannot keep a lid on the ethnic tensions there. While the UN has recognized Kosovo as an independent state, several other nations including Serbia and its big brothers China and Russia, have not recognized this secession. Thus, Kosovo should by rights be regarded as a disputed territory. Reuters, however, reporting on this murder in Kosovo, called the territory a “mainly ethnic Albanian country.”
On the other hand, when Reuters wrote about the Catalan independence movement, which has won a referendum, it referred to Catalan as a “wealthy Spanish region," not as a country.
So why do China and Russia, for example, resist the West's effort to carve a Muslim state out of the arguably most Christian country left in Europe? It is in party because the secession was not spontaneous and was another of a long series of attempts to redraw the world map according to US whims. The US and NATO illegally invaded Kosovo and murdered Serbs and Kosovars from the air in a bid to separate it for political reasons. To support it is to encourage the US to continue its quest for world domination. This is a far cry from the Catalan independence movement, which had no military support from other countries.
Desecration of temples: a new European standard?
25 July 2012
The Temple of the Holy Archangel Michael, which is located in the small town of Štimlje, 30 kilometers from Priština, was looted and desecrated in Kosovo. The temple was completely restored in June this year from UNESCO funds, but in the restored state it did not last two weeks.
At the same time, the president of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga, said last week that Kosovo, as an independent sovereign state, had become a factor of stability and peace in the region, and advocates the development of good relations within the framework of Euro integration.
It is symptomatic that, following the declaration of unprecedented independence by the leadership of the self-proclaimed Kosovo [Republic] in September this year, the number of attacks on Orthodox Sacred Monuments and Serbs in the province has not only not decreased, but has been rising steadily.
The upcoming visit by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the province also did not hinder ordinary Kosovo Albanians from robbing and murdering Serbs despite high-level official statements of the Pristina authorities. The situation in the province was revealed by the coordinator of the fundraising program for aid from the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo, the hieromonk of the Sretensky Monastery Ignatija (Shestakov) [church in Moscow].
The fact that churches are being desecrated is essentially nothing new. Such cases have generally been ongoing since 1999 and have taken place earlier. This is a general characteristic of the behavior of the Albanian majority towards Orthodox churches in the territory of Kosovo and Metohija, which are associated with them with the Serbian cultural heritage. The last specific case testifies to the legal situation of the society in the territory of Kosovo and Metohija. It seems to me that the Pristina authorities themselves are in no way able to enforce law and order.
And if the so-called authorities in Pristina cannot ensure elementary order in the territory they are claiming, what does it say about unsupervised independence if recently restored Orthodox churches are violated, and the lives of Serbs are in peril. Just as the investigation of the crimes against Serbs is being conducted, the traces are being destroyed, as they were in the Serbian cemetery in Žilovod.
And the international forces present in the province obviously prefer not to interfere with the events, or support the Kosovo Albanians, by pretending they are completely innocent. The plundering of the church of the Holy Archangel Michael and all the other oppressive wrongs against the Serbs once again testify to the utter frivolity of an independent Kosovo, with both the state and the society incapable of accepting elementary legal norms and obligations towards the Serb minority in Kosovo and Metohija.
Discussion of Kosovo
"Then, following a battle between Yugoslav soldiers and KLA terrorists at a place called Racak, the Americans and the British claimed that they had found a ‘smoking gun’ to justify NATO intervention, claiming that Albanian civilians had been murdered there, something that was subsequently proved to be false."