Thursday, February 21, 2008

More on Kosovo and Serbia ...

A few days ago I mentioned that Kosovo had declared its independence. I've been watching the news, and I forgot to mention that the United States (along with some other countries) has recognized Kosovo as an independent country within the past couple of days. Now today, earlier this afternoon, I learned that protests were held in Belgrade. Some were peaceful but other protests were violent. And the U.S. embassy was attacked by those violent protesters. You can read more here and here.

I usually do not post on politics on this blog because I have another blog for that purpose, but I did so in this case as I thought my readers might have been interested in reading about the recent events with Kosovo. I realize that the issues surrounding Kosovo's declaration have long roots in history that are connected with strong emotions, but I don't have any sympathy for the Serbs who attacked the embassy of my country. I can't speak for my fellow countrymen, but I don't believe attacking another country's embassy will garner very much sympathy from the citizens of the attacked embassy. Especially when one remembers that Serbs attacked the Albanians in Kosovo back in 1999, I don't believe the average American will be very sympathetic to the Serbs. I could be wrong, but then, I can only speak for myself. I guess the best thing one can do is pray that this difficult and intense situation does not erupt into violence or war.

3 comments:

Petar said...

Ahm... I'm kind of sick and tired of explaining this issue so I'll link you to a couple of sources you may or may not want to examine...

Check out John Zavales's article and his credentials at the bottom:

http://www.inthenationalinterest.com/Articles/Vol3Issue33/Vol3Issue33Zavales.html

And then look for some documentaries on Youtube like:

Brooklyn Connection, It began with a Lie, Yugoslavia the avoidable war...

The attack on US Embassy is not an attack directed against the people of the US (regardless of what your media or politicians may claim) but against the US Government and its current policy.

US selling guns to Kosovo Albanians a day before it accidentally sent missile triggers to Taiwan? That must've been an accident, right?

If you're a true American patriot then you're probably concerned about Fort Dix Six incident. The terrorists turned out to be mostly Kosovo Albanian refugees from 90s who found refuge from alleged Serbian terror in that exact military post.

It was reported that two of them, Duka brothers, were in the roofing business. If you take a look at the documentary Brooklyn Connection, you'll see that famous Albanian arms smuggler Florin Krasniqi runs roofing business in New York and employs "former" members of Kosovo Liberation Army. Also he collects donations for senators' campaigns and openly bribes pro-albanian lobbists.

This is not the first time US supported terror.

Talibans in Avganistan. Kurds in Iraq (first US moved in to protect them from Sadam's regime and then allowed Turks to massacre those same Kurds).

I already know this was in wane but I couldn't help myself.

Jessica's thoughts said...

Hello Petar,

Thank you for responding. Unfortunately, I was not able to access the article through the link you posted.

I had happened to turn to the news at the time that the attack was being aired. I was upset as the embassy of my country was being attacked, and when I see one of my country's embassy being attacked, I'm going to be upset. At that moment it felt as though it was an attack against my country and fellow countrymen. I realize this reaction was primarily a reaction based upon emotions, but then, if Americans had attacked the embassy of another country, I am sure the citizens of that country would be upset and view it as an attack upon themselves at that moment.

I realize that there is more to the tensions between the Serbs and Albanians than what is reported in the media. Again, I do not know all of the history behind the tensions, but I do know that the roots of this conflict are deep in history. I wrote that I wasn't sympathetic because I find attacks on embassies as distasteful. I did mention that there were also peaceful protests as well. The attack on the embassy, though, does not put Serbs in the most positive light, and I don't believe that attacking an embassy garners sympathy from citizens of the country that had its embassy attacked.

Again, I ended up posting this post as a reaction to my emotions. I just want to state that I don't hate the Serbs and I don't hold a grudge against the Serbs. Over the years, I have heard about, read about, or seen on television anti-americanism and have kept silent about my feelings. I felt as though I had to respond in some way. Posting my feelings at that moment probably was not the wisest thing to do, but at that moment, I felt as though I should respond. Again, I am not against people protesting the actions of the U. S. government. I am against violent protests that attack the embassies of my country.

-Jessica

Petar said...

About the article:

Try Googling

"Reality and Reconciliation:
Urgently Needed in Kosovo"

since URL's too long.

About the embassy issue...
There was so much going on about this event that was suspicious to say the least. I don't know if you've heard that there was a charred body in the embassy. They say its one of the protesters.

The embassy was attacked a couple of days earlier and police suppressed the protesters without breaking a sweat. And those were unofficial protests.

Nevertheless, during the official peaceful (at least for some of us) protests there was a group of people who were after something else right from the beginning.

What's weird about the whole thing is that our President approved this protest rally, provided public transportation for citizens to gather in the capitol and early in the morning on the day of the rally, he left the country and went to visit Romania avoiding to address his people. Also, all the members of his party and other democratic parties were told not to come. By the way, his party is definitely pro-American and pro-western.

The anti-riot police forces who were protecting the US embassy 24/7 for days before the incident weren't there at the time when there were most people in the streets. Most of them were actually protecting (and actually managed to protect) B92 TV station (again pro-American and pro-western).

In the aftermath of events B92 TV aired a staged report about two looting Belgrade girls titled "Kosovo for shoes" (which strongly resembles the NBC's story of looting cops after hurricane Katrina titled "Stealing for Salvation". Not only this but they also did an interview with them while protecting their identities.

In my opinion, the whole thing was staged both by Serbian and US governments to push through the independence of Kosovo more easily and discredit protests against Kosovo independence both abroad and within Serbia.

Basically, Serbian government is blackmailed to recognize the independence of Kosovo in order to join EU (or at least hope for it) and it's ready to do anything to achieve this agenda regardless of the domestic public opinion. A form of "imposed democracy". Liberal-fascism at its finest. Goal justifies the means.

As paradoxically as it may sound, I can actually relate to your frustration with antiamericanism since I face the same frustration over antiserbism.

Recent events were a result of frustration from Serbian side. Can you imagine the anger of people who overturned Milosevic and then after ten or so years realized that it nothing changed in western attitude against their country. You actually get the sense that there is some sort of hidden agenda behind this antiserbism especially when you see that major western players in world politics are dodging the core principles of international law to destroy your country regardless of your actions and policies.