Sunday, February 17, 2008

Happy Birthday, Kosovo!

Balkanization: to break up (as a region or group) into smaller and often hostile units.

Today a new country is born, and an old one, like an injured animal, becomes more dangerous:

"Britain, France and Germany [and the United States] are likely to support the fledgling state but some fear it will set a dangerous precedent.

Kosovo's parliament unanimously backed independence on Sunday but Serbia's PM denounced it as a "false state".

A split emerged at the UN Security Council when Russia said Kosovo's declaration should be null and void." (article here)



With Serbia claiming a 600-year old religious and cultural connection to Kosovo, it's easy to understand why Serbians are upset. You see, many, many years ago, during the first Battle of Kosovo (1389), a young Serbian noble called Stefan Lazar was given a choice from God. Appearing to Lazar as the prophet Elijah in the form of a grey falcon, God said Lazar could defeat the invading Ottomans on the battlefield and receive earthly glories, or he could build a cathedral (being an Eastern Orthodox Christian) to God and capitulate on the battlefield, losing his men, his life, and his territory, but gaining the heavenly kingdom. Of course, he chose the latter, instantly becoming a martyr and burning cultural and religious connections to the region of Kosovo into the fabric of Serbia's identity. 1



Fast forward a few hundred years. Albanians, Serbians, Ottomans and sundry members of the Austro-Hungarian empire have lived in, died in, moved into and out of, and occupied Kosovo. It seems like everyone has a claim to the region, although it's been part of Serbia (and for a while there, Yugoslavia) since WWI (more or less). The atrocities committed by Serbia against Kosovars in the late 1990s resulted in UN intervention. The ethnic cleansing at the command of then-President Slobodan Milošević incited further nationalistic tendencies in Serbia to re-claim Kosovo as it's own, despite the fact that the vast majority of it's citizens are in fact ethnic Albanians. The ethnic Albanians aren't interested in rejoining the Serbian fold, nor should they be. Would you want to forcibly re-marry an abusive spouse?



Which brings us back to today - Sunday 17 February, 2008. Kosovo declares it's independence, upsets the balance of power within the UN Security Council, the G-8, and the EU. Russia, a staunch Serbian ally, is currently refusing to acknowledge the legitimacy of Kosovo's statehood, saying such recognition creates a dangerous precedent for other potential breakaway provinces (probably true). That's in sharp contrast to US, and most of western Europe. Outstanding. Think about this, though. How would you feel as an American if people X (fill in religious/political/national affiliation here) had been slowly moving into a American state where we claimed great national and historic pride, such as Valley Forge, New York City, or Roanoke, and after years of occupation under American rule and law, decided that they were going to declare their independence? That happened once already, it was called the Civil War, and it wasn't pretty. Of course, that's not a perfect parallel, but it helps you to understand how the Serbs feel.

"In the ethnically divided northern city of Kosovska Mitrovica, Serbs vowed never to let Kosovo go.

"The Albanians can celebrate all they want, but this stillborn baby of theirs will never be an independent country as long as we Serbs are here and alive," said Djordje Jovanovic." (2)

Happy Birthday, indeed. This could be a bumpy ride.

if you're interested in some overarching history of the region, look into Black Lamb and Grey Falcon, by Rebecca West. It's a general overview of Yugoslavia.

For a more pointed view of the war in Bosnia from 1991-1995 and many first-hand accounts of the war in Kosovo, read Madness Visible by Janine Di Giovanni. It's a fast read but it will break your heart.

3 comments:

Greg said...

good post fitz... what will happen? how full it all is, the region, the history, the people-with all their similarities and differences-the reality... the today... just how full.

did you read about banja luka?

lpcyusa said...

Monday, April 20, 2009
Robert Latham at New School Allowed Ethnic Albanian To Condone Genocide Against

Serbian Orthodox Christians in Kosovo Posted 3/2/2009 2:37 PM EST


Robert Latham at New School Allowed Ethnic Albanian To Condone Genocide Against

Serbian Orthodox Christians in Kosovo
Posted 3/2/2009 2:37 PM EST

I couldn’t get the link right so read the scoop here -> Robert Latham at New School
Miss Jill Louis Star wrote:
/>> > Dear Friends: I have told this factual autobiographical account prior. However, this
was during the height of NATO’s illegal war launched against Jugoslavija so I am unsure

if this
e-mail ever reached the entire audience for which it was intended. Hence, I am re-sending

a brief
account of whereby one United States University in New York City assisted Bill Clinton

and
Tony Blair in plotting, orchestrating, launching and perpetuating Albanian-KLA

Nationalism and
ethnic genocide directed against the Orthodox Christian Serbs in Kosovo. (See

Attachment for
formal proof).
/>> >
/>> > I. It was in the Fall of 1997, my first semester in graduate school at the New School

for
Social Research when I noticed the bulletin on the wall that announced the Albanian Pro

-KLA
Nationalist Fatmos Ljubonia was going to give a lecture on Albanian Nationalism at the

New
School for Social Research in NYC (5th and 14th Streets in Wolffe Conference Room

2nd
floor). This lecture was undoubtedly funded by the USIP and the WPI (the World Policy

Institute
resides on the fourth floor of the schools location).
/>> >
/>> > II. Evidently, this particular lecture sparked my interest like none other owing to

my serious
commitment in following the various political & international trends regarding the

Kosovo / Serbia
& Bosnia wars and what would occur next. Therefore I made it my business to sit in on

this
lecture.
/>> >
/>> > III. At that time, primarily the students attending this lecture and (it was a full

house) were
from parts of the world (like Asia) who knew nothing about Serbia and Kosovo. So they

were
very interested to hear what Fatmos Ljubonia had to say about the plight of the ethnic

Albanians
in Kosovo. There were only two graduate students who really knew what was going on in
Kosovo at that time between the Albanians and the Serbs. (me and this Albanian student).

I sat
in for about 1 and 1/2 hours taking notes and listening. Then I left. Here is a short and

brief
description of the lecture.
/>> >
/>> > IV. Primarily Fatmos at first attempted to elicit as much sympathy as humanly

possible from
the New School graduate students. He began the lecture by explaining that the Serbian
government had imprisoned him for 20 years. and treated him in an inhumane manner.

He did not
explain why to us.
/>> >
/>> > V. He quickly then shifted (to be blunt)–he spent the rest of his lecture lying to the
(students) about the current situation in Kosovo. He supplied lies as answers to the

students
questions about Serbia, Albania and Kosovo and Fatmos completely bad-mouthed the

Serbian
government blaming it, for myriad human right violations not only committed against him

(as he
claimed) but also against him all ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.
/>> >
/>> > VI. He completely this question and answer session quite pleased with himself since

most
of my classmates later indicated to me that they were shocked to hear about the

conditions under
which Fatmos claimed the ethnic Albanians were living under in Kosovo. I knew the man

was a
filthy liar but I could not say anything at the time. So he lied lied and he lied more!
/>> >
/>> > VI. As I said I left early but I will never forget his phrase stating: “I, Fatmos

Ljubonia, have
come to the New School for Social Research to ask you, The New School students, to

give me,
Fatmos Ljubonia, new creative nationalist ideas to PROMOTE AND TO CONSTRUCT

A
GREATER ALBANIA!”
/>> >
/>> > VII. Now there were a hell of a lot of New School faculty members also present

who
knew the truth about what really was going on between Serbia, the Western liberal think

tanks at
the New School for Social Research and their king, Bill Clinton regarding Kosovo.

However,
evidently these were the same political science professors such as David PLotke who

later
tossed me out of graduate school only three weeks prior my anticipated MA graduation

date on
April 22 1999 at knife point (we all know about my Civil Rights Case against the school
#02-99-2132.
/>> >
/>> > VIII. I, Jill Starr have always stood up for the right political and social group, the

Serbs of
course. For it was not the Serbian authorities fault that NATO members and their

corrupted
politicians with a guilty as hell mens rea instigated and escalated the present ethnic

contentions
and genocide now occurring in Kosovo today!
/>> >
/>> > XV. For this reason it does not surprise me that the semester before I was tossed

out of
school by POL SCI DEPT. CHAIR David Plotke, during my classes with the renown

Robert
Latham (from the SSRC in NYC) no one did anything when my Albanian classmate stated

in
front of many UN Diplomats that he 100% promoted “ethnic genocide against the

Orthodox
Christian Serbs in Kosovo!” Of course I reported the incident to both my human rights

professor
Adamantia Polllis and also the Dept. Chair David Plotke, yet neither of them did a damn

thing!
What they did do is allow my Albanian classmate to continue going to school and

graduate while
they decided to throw me out of school and ruin my life to the best of their corrupt

abilities!
/>> >
/>> > X. The Albanian classmate of mine even said to me in front of Robert Latham’s

entire class
(FALL 1998) this to me when I said I’d like to see a copy of his paper which he said is

written to
promote ethnic genocide against Orthodox Christian Serbs in Kosovo this— />”Jill, you

will
surely die before you ever see my term paper!” The New School faculty threw me out and

kept
the genocidal Albanian on April 22 1999! See attachments!
/>> >
/>> > PS: I’d like to give some lectures describing this experience in America to my

friends in
Serbia. David PLotke even came towards me with a swiss army knife!
/>> >
/>> > Respectfully,
/>> > Miss Jill Louise Starr USA
/>> > PO BOX 635
/>> > Newfoundland NJ 07435 USA
/>> > (973) 208-8372
/>>

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1barata said...

please don't write stories about kosovo it anit your country. You don't know any thing about the Balkans. Almost every 10 years or so maps on Balkan changes. Some balkan states become there own states and later is gonna go back to serbia.