As the clock ticks down for the day when Kosovo declares independence, a whirlwind of conspiracy theories have surfaced and resurfaced. I found another one of these theories that I thought I’d share from my favorite website for getting the pulse of the Serbian government, Serbianna.
One of the main conspiracy theories is that the quest for Kosovo independence is actually a movement by muslim extremists. The conspiracy goes on that if we let muslim extremists get their country, then like dominos, muslim extremists everywhere will demand their own country.
This conspiracy theory is not at the fringe of Serbian politics. That’s the scary thing. Further, this muslim extremist conspiracy theory is the very one that Slobodan used to justify ethnic cleansing. We have not learned from history, have we?
Part 1: 2006 and 2007 Secessions
By Vojin Joksimovich
December 10, 2007
Pierre Marti, a Belgian economist, convinced me that the term independence used by the Western governments and the mainstream media should be dropped in favor of secession. He wrote:
Independence is not something that can be merely proclaimed; it is something that can and must only be achieved…The Albanian minority of Serbia may proclaim the secession of Kosovo and Metohija; however, it will not achieve independence at any time in foreseeable future.
First, the Albanian minority of Serbia is not a sovereign people: It is an irredentist diaspora of the Republic of Albania, honoring that country’s flag, national day, and a political vision of a greater Albania.
Second, it is only because the Albanian minority of Serbia is living in a part of Serbia under foreign occupation that it can dream of separating the occupied province from the country of which it is a part.
Third, even if the occupying forces withdraw as soon as secession is proclaimed by these immigrants and recognized by the occupying countries, this territory is simply not viable on its own and will remain dependent on a capital other than Belgrade for its economy, energy, food, defense and education (at the very least) whether this capital will be Tirana, Ankara, Brussels or Washington.
Serbian Prime Minister (PM) Vojislav Kostunica correctly stated that Kosovo would be a “puppet” of the U.S. and NATO. The aspirations of Albanian separatisms, illustrated well through three Leagues of Prizren, date back to 1878 during the Berlin Congress.
In order to accomplish their separatist goal the Albanians have developed the “imperialism of the small” approach, i.e. reliance on a superpower being the Ottoman Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Mussolini’s Italy, Tito’s Communism and now the U.S.-led NATO These historical aspects are discussed in my book Kosovo Crisis: A Study in Foreign Policy Mismanagement. This three part essay focuses primarily on the last two and half years. Part I provides a summary of salient events leading to 2006 and 2007 attempts by the U.S.-led NATO countries to create a second Albania in Europe on 15% of the territory of democratic Serbia and its cradle of national history. Part II provides insights and an analysis following failure of negotiations mediated by the troika: U.S./EU/Russia leading into early 2008 viewed as the decision-making season. Part III attempts to answer a burning question regarding the enigma behind the U.S. policies in the Balkans.
Read the rest of the article here.