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To Serbia’s Government Officials: What are you guys doing?

As reported yesterday, two of Kosovo’s border posts were burned down by an angry Serbian mob.  The SRSG and Kosovo’s Prime Minister Hasim Thaci have already condemned the attacks.  The SRSG and Thaci have also appealed for calm.

But what about statements by Serbia’s government officials, like Tadic or Kostunica, that condemn the attacks and appeal to its people for calm? http://www.lib.hit-u.ac.jp/service/tenji/eu/kejseren.jpg As I unfortunately predicted, no such statements were uttered by either Tadic or Kostunica or any ranking government official for that matter about the border post burnings.  In fact, and inexplicably, Serbia has officially endorsed the attacks on the border posts.  Completely irresponsible.

After all, Serbia’s Kosovo minister, Slobodan Samardzic, commented yesterday that the burning of the border posts was “in accordance with general government policies.” Are you kidding me?  What kind of government policies are designed to intentionally to provoke and inflame a population?  What kind of government policies explicitly condone violence?  What kind of government policies are created to destablize a region? 

I thought that perhaps Samardzic was a maverick and was saying something off the top of his head.  And, obviously, if Samardzic’s comments were not correct, surely Serbia’s higher government officials, such as Tadic and Kostunica, would have said something by now, rebuking Samardzic’s comments.  Samardzic’s comments were uttered more than 24 hours ago.

No comments or rebuke at all by either Tadic, Kostunica, or any high ranking government officials.  A stoney silence by Serbia’s ranking government officials.  Without question, then, Sebia’s government has endorsed these attacks.  Of course, Serbia certainly has the right to be frustrated and to take any diplomatic measures it sees fit against Kosovo independence.  But to explicity endorse this type of violence is disturbing.  Serbia’s position also undermines the status of Serbia’s government as a rational and compassionate body. 

Guys, what the hell are you doing?  What planet are you from?  Is this your idea of moving Serbia forward into Europe? Perhaps Tadic and Kostunica should read the book by Hans Christian Anderson, “The Emperor Has No Clothes.”

Kosovo’s honeymoon as an independent state was rudely shattered yesterday when hundreds of Serbs converged on two border checkpoints separating Serbia from the newly free state and destroyed them with plastic explosives. United Nations peacekeepers evacuated by helicopter the police officers manning the checkpoints, and the vandals then used a tractor to push the metal sheds that functioned as checkpoint buildings down a hill and into a river.

The checkpoints were at Jarnije and Banja, 20 kilometres north of the divided city of Mitrovica. Serb authorities in the four districts implicitly endorsed the attacks, calling on Belgrade to “urgently take steps” to protect Serbia’s territorial integrity – in other words, to take military action to prevent the writ of the newly independent state extending to Serb majority areas. The Serbian Kosovo minister, Slobodan Samardzic, said “today’s action is in accordance with general government policies”.

It was widely predicted in the run-up to independence that the four Serb-dominated districts contiguous with Serbia in the north-west corner of Kosovo might issue a counter-declaration of partition from the Albanian-majority Kosovo. That has not happened, but some Western officials in Pristina said that the border attacks brought de facto partition closer.

Last night, French and American troops belonging to the KFOR peacekeeping mission were said to be attempting to seal the vandalised crossing points. The top UN official in Kosovo, Joachim Ruecker, condemned the attacks. “Any violence is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” he said.

The violence extended to Mitrovica north, the Serb quarter of the city, where for a second day thousands of protesters marched through the town to the bridge that separates the two communities. Monday’s demonstration had been peaceful, but yesterday they used rocks and sticks to vandalise UN vehicles as they marched. The previous night several loud explosions were heard in town, one of them damaging several cars near a UN building.

Kosovo’s Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci, insisted that there was no cause for alarm. “Everything is under the control of the Nato authorities, Kosovo police and the United Nations,” he said. “Kosovo is integral, inseparable, and Kosovo territory is recognised internationally.”

The above article was published on February 20, 2008 in the Independent. Author of the quoted article is Peter Popham.

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6 responses to “To Serbia’s Government Officials: What are you guys doing?

  1. ana ⋅

    What planet are YOU from?!?!?

    This is a typical example of biased and extremely prejudice opinion and statement made by people who listen to only one side and receive information and news only on one channel. For your information, the Serbian government IMMEDIATELY condemned this action and appealed for peace and Mr. Tadic said that this was the last thing that should have happened.
    There is absolutely no way Serbia’s government has endorsed these attacks. That is one very daring remark.

    But nooooo, just keep on listening only to the Albanian news or bribed CNN and you will surely soon be completely off track as to the real situation as I see you already are.

    Why didn’t you write about the poor 86-year old Serb woman who was badly beaten and robbed by three Albanians in the village Gornji Livoc near Gnjilane round about the same time the Serb were burning the border posts? Didn’t hear about that, did you. Well you are listening to only one side.

    Try looking up what happened on March 17, 2004 in Kosovo. How many serbian monestaries and churches, cultural sites and communities did the Albanians burn and how many people were slaughtered? You probably don’t know what I am talking about, how could you with your sources of information.

    Perhaps you should read the story “The little boy who cried wolf”.

  2. Mr. Roach

    Why should they acquiesce to the inherent violence of Kosovo’s separation from Serbia. It’s illegal and unjust. Government is violence; Serbia is simply saying that it recognizes no rights in an unlawful government.

    As for Europe, who cares. They’ve crapped on Serbia enough, and I imagine when push comes to shove 5-10 years from now, Europe will buckle under when Russia makes its demands.

    This whole Kosovo business is idiotic.

  3. Dear Ana,

    “Why didn’t you write about the poor 86-year old Serb woman who was badly beaten and robbed by three Albanians in the village Gornji Livoc near Gnjilane round about the same time the Serb were burning the border posts? Didn’t hear about that, did you. Well you are listening to only one side.”

    I did hear about this. I didn’t report it because it hasn’t been substantiated yet.

    “Try looking up what happened on March 17, 2004 in Kosovo. How many serbian monestaries and churches, cultural sites and communities did the Albanians burn and how many people were slaughtered? You probably don’t know what I am talking about, how could you with your sources of information.”

    I do know what you’re talking about. In fact, I was involved in the prosecution of several Albanians that participated in the March riots.

    Sincerely,
    Mr. Cheesebuerger 9000

  4. D

    Mr Cheese,

    “What kind of government policies are designed to intentionally to provoke and inflame a population? What kind of government policies explicitly condone violence? What kind of government policies are created to destablize a region?”

    What are American government policies Alex?

  5. D

    PS:

    Interesting you mention the “Emperor Has no Clothes,” perhaps you’d enjoy this article from a website of the same name:

    http://emperors-clothes.com/articles/Johnstone/racakhoax.htm

    It helps to demonstrate how Kosovo’s independence is a scam perpetrated by the CIA.

    Funny coincidence.

  6. Dear “D”,

    As for your first comment, you have an excellent point there about American government policies. The quoted comment, though, was about Serbia in reaction (or lack of reaction) to the burning of the border posts.

    As to your second comment, you are absolutely right to point out some of the issues and misreporting that took place about the conflict in 1999. Unfortunately, it went on on both sides. Terrible things happened . . . to both sides. Many peoples lives were lost . . . on both sides. War criminals were created . . . on both sides.

    However, the CIA, which I’m sure had its interest in the conflict, certainly was not the driving force that mysteriously pulled the wool over the eyes of several countries in their recognition of Kosovo’s independence. It would make a good movie, though. Or a good article on Serbianna.com.

    Sincerely,
    Mr. Cheeseburger 9000

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