WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2009.
“ In war, truth is the first casualty ” Aeschylus
The title is not mine, but it captures entirely the idea that I want to explain. Because the indepence of Kosovo, declared unilateraly on February 17, against Resolution 1244 of the UN [*], is the final step in the process of“stealing Kosovo”. I have thought wether to use this title or another more dramatic, “ The last two serbs in Kriljevo” [*]; but it wouldn't be so graphical.
Battle of Kosovo, 1389.
Because we speak about one process that began more than 600 years ago, with the Battle of Kosovo, in 1389 [*],and that will finish very soon in the ethnically clean Kosovo that the UCK, and other Albanianextremists before them [*][*], have dreamt; one Kosovo without serbs obviously, but one Kosovo without romans too [*], slavic muslims [*], egyptians, jews, turks and any without any other minority but albanians [*].
In the last times we have seen a lot of documentaries about Kosovo; about the war and the post-war situation, including the Milosevic trial; explaining another story, quite different fromthe one that we was told by the mass media.
I will use these documentaries like an leit motiv to explain some facts about Kosovo that are still little known. Almost all of these documentaries have been broadcasted only in their home countries and at least one of them, has never been broadcasted in TV. It is the case of the documentary from which the title of this article is taken from, StolenKosovo (Uloupené Kosovo) [*] from the czech director Vaclav Dvorak; made for the czech television, it was censored by the governement after the independence of Kosovo was recognized by the Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg.
This documentary has been critisized for its partiality, but there is one thing that nobody can deny; we have all seen the serbs crimes (even, as we will explain later,exagereted and sometimes even just imaginary crimes) so maybe it is moment to see the crimes commited against the serbs. On the other side, it has many interesting aspects; for the first time we see images of the ethnic cleansing against the serbs began by the albanians in the 80s, images that, I confess, I had never seen before.
THE SECOND LEAGUE OF PRIZREN
The idea of the Great Albania isnot new. In the beginning of WWII, Bedri Pejani, a militant and extremist supporter of Greater Albania, wrote to Reichsfuehrer SS Heinrich Himmler to request his assistance in establishing a Greater Albania and in return offered to raise an Albanian fighting force to work with the German Wehrmacht to achieve this aim. Himmler agreed to the request and ordered the formation of two ethnic AlbanianWaffen SS Divisions and sponsored the foundation of the Albanian nationalist organisation which became the Second League of Prizren. [*]
During World War II and the Holocaust, Kosovar Albanians killed 10,000 Kosovo Serbs and expelled 100,000. Kosovo-Metohija was made a part of a Greater Albania by Adolf Hitler [*]. Meanwhile, under Albanian and German rule nearly 100,000 Albanians moved intoKosovo [*]. During the war years Serbs and Montenegrins in Albanian occupied territory were brutalized by the SS "Skanderbeg" division which was comprised of Albanian soldiers under German officers. Albanian village police units also were involved in these activities directed against Serbs. After the war, thousands of Serbs and Montenegrins were prohibited from returning to Kosovo (by the Governmentof Tito) , and thousands of Albanians immigrated into Kosovo [*].
During the Tito dictatorship all nationalisms were prohibited and prosecuted. In this environment, Alija Izetbegovic, who became in 1990 the first president of Bosnia and Herzegovina , published in 1970 a manifesto entitled The Islamic Declaration, expressing his views on relationships between Islam, state and society....